If this is your first MRI, you may not be sure what to expect. Not to worry, we are here to guide you every step of the way. You may or may not be given a contrast agent intravenously. Before the procedure, small electrodes will be placed on your chest, which will be attached to an electrocardiogram (ECG). You may also have a breathing belt placed around your upper abdomen and a pulse monitor on your finger. All of these devices will allow the monitoring of your heart rate, breathing and pulse during the exam.
During the exam, you will lie flat on an exam table. You will be asked to hold your breath at various times during the procedure. It is important to follow these instructions during the scan where the surrounding magnetic fields and radio waves will capture images of the heart. It is also important that you remain still while the table slides through the scanner. The MRI machine does generate loud noises as images are captured. All patients are given protective ear plugs, or headphones for music. The Technologist will be in the adjacent room operating the scanner, but will be able to hear and communicate with you throughout the exam. The imaging portion of the exam usually takes approximately 60 minutes.