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Is a cardiac MRI the same as a chest one?
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Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
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Dr. Garry Choy
Radiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Similar
Similar but different in that a cardiac MRI usually is optimized to visualizing the beating/moving heart.

In brief: Similar
Similar but different in that a cardiac MRI usually is optimized to visualizing the beating/moving heart.
Dr. Garry Choy
Dr. Garry Choy
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Dr. Jean Jeudy
Radiology
In brief: Chest vs Cardiac MRI
Depends! For billing, a cardiac MRI includes functional evaluation of the heart whereas a chest MRI is only a screen for mediastinal masses or structural abnormalities.
The differences are the selection of image sequences prescribed by the doc. Both are done in the same machine and your experience would not be significantly different. Your radiologist can always answer your questions!

In brief: Chest vs Cardiac MRI
Depends! For billing, a cardiac MRI includes functional evaluation of the heart whereas a chest MRI is only a screen for mediastinal masses or structural abnormalities.
The differences are the selection of image sequences prescribed by the doc. Both are done in the same machine and your experience would not be significantly different. Your radiologist can always answer your questions!
Dr. Jean Jeudy
Dr. Jean Jeudy
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In brief: No
These are two different studies.

In brief: No
These are two different studies.
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
Dr. Stephen Saponaro
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