This is a specialised MRI scan requiring specifically trained radiographers and radiologists. Referrals are generally from cardiologists and cardiac surgeons but can also be taken from other physicians after discussion with Dr Tarun Mittal, consultant radiologist in-charge for the cardiovascular MRI scans.
This is currently the most accurate modality to assess the structure and function of the heart. It is performed for various indications including heart failure from any cause, assessment of myocardial viability, congenital heart disease, suspected arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, valvular abnormalities, myocarditis, pericarditis and diseases of the aorta.
MR has the unique ability to demonstrate both the anatomy of any part of the vascular system and to measure the blood flow. An MR angiogram using small amount of contrast media can be easily performed to demonstrate the vascular anatomy non-invasively. Vascular MR is most commonly performed for the renal, carotid and the pulmonary arteries besides the thoracic and the abdominal aortas and the ilio-femoral segments.
This is performed mainly to assess mediastinal and pancoast tumours for delineating the tissue characteristics and invasion of surrounding structures.