• Why do I need a CMR?

    Dr Ruparelia may suggest a cardiac MRI (CMR) to diagnose (or exclude the presence) of a wide range of cardiac conditions. These include congenital abnormalities, inherited cardiac conditions (e.g. cardiomyopathy), pathology of the cardiac muscle or valvular abnormalities.

  • What is involved?

    When you attend for your CMR study, the radiographer and lead consultant will go through a final safety check list. A small cannula will be inserted in the vein in your arm through which contrast can be administered.

    You will be asked to lie down on a table and go inside. It can be a little noisy and so your are given some headphones through which you can listen to music. During the study you will be asked to follow instruction with regards to breath holding to ensure that the best possible images can be obtained.

    The study usually takes approximately 45 minutes but can be a little shorter or longer depending on the specific indication of the study.

  • What are the risks?

    A CMR is very safe with a very small risk (<0.01%) of an adverse reaction to the contrast administered. This can be managed at the time in the rare event of occurrence.

  • When do I get my results?

    Following your CMR scan, the images are reported by a specialist radiologist and the results are usually available within 24-48 hours. Dr Ruparelia will arrange a time to meet you to discuss the results and formulate an ongoing management plan.

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