Cardiac MRI is an advanced, innovative diagnostic tool in the fight against heart disease. With comprehensive scans showing five times the detail of other methods, Cardiac MRI can help obtain more accurate results in potential heart disease patients.
Alternative studies can take as long as 3 to 4 hours and require the injection of two different radioactive materials and/or mechanical stress testing. Cardiac MRI produces more detailed results and complete evaluations with one 30-45 minute exam, including anatomy, function and viability.
“Cardiac MRI is a critical advance in evaluation of patients for cardiac disease,” says Nicholas Frankel, M.D., of Catawba Radiological Associates. “It provides another level of diagnostic capabilities at CVMC to help us more quickly and efficiently treat patients with heart disease.”
CVMC’s first Cardiac MRI was introduced at Catawba Valley Imaging Center in late 2006. A second unit is installed in CVMC’s MRI department.
Cardiac MRI is part of the Heart Center’s complement of advanced diagnostic tools, including the region’s first 64-Slice CT Scanner. This high-resolution scanner operates at a speed that nearly eliminates heart motion and produces a much clearer image of very small coronary arteries. It leads to quicker diagnosis and treatment and also helps reduce the need for invasive coronary artery diagnostic procedures, such as catheterization.