What is an MRI ?
The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is using radio-electric waves and rather a heavy magnetic
Field than X-rays, which gives remarkably detailed images of the organs and the inner tissues. This technique is very precious for diagnosing cardiac and vascular problems and also those coming from cardiovascular accidents.
The MRI gives a diagnosis of coronary problems by closely examining the structures and functioning of the heart and its principal vessels. It is very rapid and exact, without the risks of traditional exams which are rather done invasively. Also it allows to examine the size and the thickness of the chambers of the heart, and to determine the extent of damage coming from a heart-attack or a heart-disease in progress.
How is the MRI being carried out ?
Le patient est placé dans une position confortable sur une table qui glisse pour l’examen d’IRM. Le patient peut communiquer avec le radiologue en tout temps par intercom. In general, the exam is lasting 15 to 45 minutes. For an examination of the heart, a contrast agent might be injected for higher visibility of the chambers of the heart and its principal vessels.