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Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging

Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging, or chest MRI, has emerged as the gold standard for assessing heart function. CMRI is able to look at the heart from any view without being constrained by the patient's body size and shape. The images are very reproducible, enabling physicians to compare findings over time with repeated scans reliably. Using this technology, we can precisely detect any heart damage as a result of a heart attack.

Our imaging technologists are specially trained in cardiovascular imaging, registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), and licensed with the Texas Department of Health (TDH).

What conditions can you assess using an MRI machine?

We offer a broad range of diagnostic imaging services using magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate the cardiovascular system, including the assessment of:

  • Left and right ventricular function
  • Coronary artery disease (including viability and scar imaging, stress perfusion study)
  • Coronary artery origins
  • Ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy (e.g. amyloidosis, sarcoidosis, arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, constrictive heart disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, left ventricular non-compaction, iron-overloading disorder)
  • Heart valvular structures
  • Congenital heart disease (e.g. transposition of great vessels, Tetralogy of Fallot, ventricular and atrial septal defects, anomalous pulmonary venous return)
  • Thoracoabdominal aorta, peripheral runoff arteries, renal arteries

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