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Could you tell me when would you get a cardiac mri?

Huge: Number of indications including assessing myocardial viability before possible revascularization surgery, congenital/acquired cardiomyopathy, valve disease, heart failure, patients in who cardiac ultrasound is limited, etc. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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Can you tell me what a cardiac MRI at a children's hospital is like?

Can you tell me what a cardiac MRI at a children's hospital is like?

Takes a while: Cardiac MRI always requires an IV for gadolinium contrast. Mri for small children will also usually require anesthesia. The patient goes in the scanner and multiple "runs" are made to show different aspects of the cardiac anatomy and physiology. It often takes over an hour to get all the images. It can be a very helpful tool in some patients. ...Read more

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When I'm stressed, then walk, I get skipped beats. Cardiac stress MRI clear. Cardiologist thinks anxiety. Why doesn't exercise help?

When I'm stressed, then walk, I get skipped beats. Cardiac stress MRI clear. Cardiologist thinks anxiety. Why doesn't exercise help?

Consider monitoring: In most cases, palpitations even with exercise are benign. In one series, short runs of irregular heart rhythms were detected by stress testing in healthy people and did not lead to heart disease on later follow-up. Have you worn a heart monitor? Talk with your doctor about exercise testing or wearing a heart monitor to evaluate the rare possibility that your may have SVT episodes with exercise ...Read more

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Are there different values between cardiac MRI's? Because of the different techniques? I had a GE Fiesta bSSFP scan are those values higher or lower?

Are there different values between cardiac MRI's? Because of the different techniques? I had a GE Fiesta bSSFP scan are those values higher or lower?

They are all hi: I've never seen a series in which the incidence of some calcification wasn't over 75%. With values that high, the ability to tell anything is not very good and the difference between 75% and 90% isn't all that significiant. They overdiagnose. ...Read more

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I had a cardiac MRI bSSFP (GE electric) technique but my values of the ventricles are borderline high could this be due to the technique? So not SSFP

I had a cardiac MRI bSSFP (GE electric) technique but my values of the ventricles are borderline high could this be due to the technique? So not SSFP

Ask your doctor: You are 23 years old and probably healthy so be suspicious of borderline findings. The MRI is a screening test and has to be interpreted in the light of other tests and your exercise tolerance and the initial indication for doing these very expensive tests. You need to address this to your doctor who has the whole picture. ...Read more

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Had cardiac mri/mra would it of shown aortoc dilation?

Had cardiac mri/mra would it of shown aortoc dilation?

Yes: A cardiac mri/mra is an excellent test to measure the size of the blood vessels in the chest, including the aorta. If your aorta is dilated, the mra would have demonstrated the dilation. ...Read more

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Is a cardiac MRI the same as a chest one?

Is a cardiac MRI the same as a chest one?

No.: A cardiac MRI is a detailed study of the heart. It requires special expertise to perform and interpret, and is usually only done well at select hospitals.

A chest MRI is a general study of everything in the chest - lungs, aorta, etc. It may get some general information about the heart but not much. This type of scan is not so specialized and can usually be done at most hospitals. ...Read more

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Do I need to go off my beta blocker for my cardiac MRI?

Do I need to go off my beta blocker for my cardiac MRI?

It should not be: Necessary to go off your beta blocker for your Cardiac MRI however there are certain situations where this could be true. You need to direct this question to the health care provider who ordered your MRI since they know the reason for the test. ...Read more

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So why if you read study's from cardiac MRI's the normal values fluctuate so much? For instance one study said normal rv-edv:150ml average and another study said average 260ml. Has this something to do with imaging techniques or with calculations?

So why if you read study's from cardiac MRI's the normal values fluctuate so much? For instance one study said normal rv-edv:150ml average and another study said average 260ml. Has this something to do with imaging techniques or with calculations?

Yes: It could be variations in the imaging technique, the accuracy of the MRI type, the protocol used, the cooperation or fluid status of the patient, the software used or formulas used to calculate the volumes, the preparation of the images, or the interpreter doing the MRI reading among several other things. This is why the results must be taken into context with the reason for ordering the test. ...Read more

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Which is a cardiac MRI like at a children's hospital?

Which is a cardiac MRI like at a children's hospital?

Cardiac MRI: Your question is not clear. Please reframe it. Cardiac MRI is similar to MRI focuses on cardiac anatomy. It has special protocol and it takes more time to complete imaging. ...Read more

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Had a cardiac mri. Would this of shown dilate cardiomypathy?

Had a cardiac mri. Would this of shown dilate cardiomypathy?

Yes: Cardiac MRI is a non-invasive (non-needle based) way to assess heart size and function. It is the best in quantifying and characterizing heart tissue and functioning. If your heart is dilated (too big) it will probably diagnosis. It will also help determine the cause of the abnormality. Good luck. ...Read more

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42y/o m. I have chronic chest pains, had all possible cardiac tests, all negative. Mri -, what could it be. R/o gastro prob and costacondritis. 10yr?

42y/o m. I have chronic chest pains, had all possible cardiac tests, all negative. Mri -, what could it be. R/o gastro prob and costacondritis. 10yr?

Any other symptoms?: I am assuming you are not asthmatic. I see you know a good deal of the differential diagnosis. There is a subset of patients with negative gastroduodenoscopy (egd) that may have esophageal spasm. A specialized study that measure pressures at the esophagus can be diagnostic. Also anxiety disorders/psychosomatic should be in the differential. Connective tissue diseases/ myopathy also possibilities. ...Read more

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Can diastolic dysfunction be seen on a cardiac MRI?

Can diastolic dysfunction be seen on a cardiac MRI?

Diastolic dysfunctio: Mri would not be a first choice test for diagnosing diastolic dysfunction. You can not really measure diastolic parameters well with it. ...Read more

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I had a cardiac MRI - it came back perfect. Would I benefit from a calcium scoring? I do have risk factors, but not sure if it tells the same things.

I had a cardiac MRI - it came back perfect. Would I benefit from a calcium scoring? I do have risk factors, but not sure if it tells the same things.

Predicts your risk: Doing calcium scoring may help in calculating your future risk of cardiovascular disease. Why was cardiac MRI done? Some patients with family history of coronary artery disease may get calcium scoring done to predict there future risk. If you are at low risk based of co-morbidities and risk factors you don't need one. ...Read more

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Does a cardiac MRI typically always reveal cardiac involvement Amyloidosis??

Does a cardiac MRI typically always reveal cardiac involvement Amyloidosis??

No: The amyloid involvement needs to be quite extensive. Amyloid may interfere with the conduction system and not be visible by any modality. ...Read more

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Does a cardiac MRI also show the chest area?? The Lungs etc.??

Does a cardiac MRI also show the chest area?? The Lungs etc.??

Cardiac MRI: The settings are for the best views of the Cardiac region - while you may be able to see lungs etc. It is not optimal. ...Read more

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How well can a cardiac MRI with contrast globolin see a shunt? Or test for a shunt?

How well can a cardiac MRI with contrast globolin see a shunt? Or test for a shunt?

Patent ovale: The shunt that they are referring to is just an abnormal directional flow of blood in the heart. Several examples are "holes" in the heart (atrial or ventricular septal defects). Several studies (Saline contrast bubble study) can help detect if the blood is not traveling from right atria. To right ventricle. To pulmonary system...and left atria...to left ventricle. To systemic circulation. ...Read more

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I'm having a cardiac MRI, will this show if I have blocked arteries? What does it show me?

I'm having a cardiac MRI, will this show if I have blocked arteries? What does it show me?

Possibly: The likelihood of a young woman having blocked arteries is very small. You must be having cardiac symptoms so normal MRI may help at putting your mind at ease. ...Read more

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Would a cardiac MRI also be able to visualise any abnormalities in the upper chest area, such as lymphoma???

Would a cardiac MRI also be able to visualise any abnormalities in the upper chest area, such as lymphoma???

Possibly: But since it is specifically tailored for the purpose of looking at the heart, it may not be optimal for evaluating other structures in and around the chest. ...Read more

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What test can be used to locate cardiac arterial blockages "visually? " would an MRI or a sonography be the most efficient?

What test can be used to locate cardiac arterial blockages "visually? " would an MRI or a sonography be the most efficient?

Coronary CTA or MRA: Cta & mra are the preferred noninvasive imaging modalities in diagnosis of coronary artery disease.The advantage of cta over mra are wider availability, better spatial resolution, shorter exams and better patient adherance. Advantages of mra are a lack of ionizing radiation & lack of iodinated contrast adminitration. Both tests are suboptimal in patients with atrial fibrillation & other arrhythmias. ...Read more

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My echo said I have a mildy thickened pericardium, what does that mean? Also sm pericardiul effusion RV free wall, but shows mod-lg on cardiac MRI.

My echo said I have a mildy thickened pericardium, what does that mean? Also sm pericardiul effusion RV free wall, but shows mod-lg on cardiac MRI.

Pericardial disease: Pericardial thickening & effusion (excess fluid in the sac around the heart) can be caused by a number of conditions including viral or idiopathic pericarditis (inflammation caused by a virus or by other unknown causes), or auto-immune illnesses such as systemic lupus. It would be important to get more details (including why was the MRI done?) Consider an inbox consult here on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Can prednsne cause TIA symptms? Speech trble w/ finding wrds. Email sntnces wrds out of order. Er tests MRI head, neck ok. Cardiac ultsnd ok. Frm med?

Can prednsne cause TIA symptms? Speech trble w/ finding wrds. Email sntnces wrds out of order. Er tests MRI head, neck ok. Cardiac ultsnd ok. Frm med?

Steroid "delirium": Steroids do certainly have cognitive adverse effects and this is very reversible after stopping the meds. Simple reason, intense anticholinergic potential! But why do you take prednisone, is it for asthma or other allergies? May need to explore other therapeutic avenues with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have sarcoidosis of the lungs but I'm having heart palps already had MRI my heart was fine but still having heart palps could MRI miss cardiac sarc?

I have sarcoidosis of the lungs but I'm having heart palps already had MRI my heart was fine but still having heart palps could MRI miss cardiac sarc?

Sarcoid: There are many causes of palpitations. Sarcoid in the lung could potentially cause them without heart involvement. MRI can miss sarcoid in the heart and even biopsy isn't 100%. You could have palps without having any sarcoid so delineating a cause may be difficult. I'd advise having a discussion regarding your concerns with your Doc. ...Read more

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ST segment depression when exercising. Cardiac MRI, calcium/coronary ct and echo were all normal. History of NSVT. What could this be? Recommendation?

ST segment depression when exercising. Cardiac MRI, calcium/coronary ct and echo were all normal. History of NSVT. What could this be? Recommendation?

Talk to cardiologist: A depressed ST segment usually means some degree of coronary disease and in your case it can be best answered by the cardiologist who ordered these tests. In the meanwhile avoid strenuous exertion until you get this issue clarified. ...Read more

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Cardiac MRI, CTPA, EGC 's, echo's, Chest X-rays, PET scan, blood tests, ECG stress test. All these tests, no diagnosis. Could something been missed?

Cardiac MRI, CTPA, EGC 's, echo's, Chest X-rays, PET scan, blood tests, ECG stress test. All these tests, no diagnosis. Could something been missed?

Laboratory tests: Difficult to answer your question without knowing the symptoms and the physical examination that prompted the imaging studies and blood tests. What do your physicians suggest is the step? ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more