ardiac MRI is a versatile non invasive imaging technique that applies no radiation and enables visualization of the beating heart for evaluation of the cardiac wall and septum and of cardiac function (ejection fraction). Intravenous contrast medium can be injected for cardiac MRI investigation of the cardiac muscle for infection or infarction. It can also evaluate cardiac perfusion under stress using a simulation method.
Cardiac MRI is used to evaluate patients for the following:
Coronary heart disease
Weakness of cardiac muscle (cardiomyopathy)
Inflammation of cardiac muscle (myocarditis)
Valvular heart disease
Congenital heart disease
Cardiac Computed Tomography (CT)
Noninvasive cardiac CT is suitable for patients with a low or intermediate pretest probability for coronary artery disease as an alternative to invasive cardiac catheterization. This method allows for visualization of coronary artery calcification and plaque. Calcium scoring is used to calculate the extent of coronary artery calcification and to determine your individual risk for coronary artery disease. Noninvasive CT-angiography of your coronary arteries is performed with an intravenous injection of contrast medium to detect potential arterial narrowing (stenosis).
Cardiac CT is used to evaluate patients for the following:
Calcium-Scoring for risk stratification
CT-angiography of coronary arteries in patients with a low or intermediate pretest probability as an alternative to cardiac catheterization