Cardiac MRI, also known as Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR), is a cutting edge imaging technique now used in routine clinical practice to diagnose heart conditions.
Dr Steadman can perform cardiac MRI for private patients at the Bournemouth Nuffield Hospital using their state of the art Siemens MAGNETOM Aera scanner.
Cardiac MRI uses a powerful magnet to take images of the heart. This involves the patient lying inside the scanner, a reasonably small tunnel, while the images are taken. This does not involve X-rays and therefore the patient is not exposed to any ionising radiation.
This technique offers unparalleled insights into heart muscle function, scarring or fibrosis of the heart and is the gold standard for assessing heart muscle disease.
Optionally, the blood supply to the heart can be assessed at rest and after stress, using a short drug infusion, with excellent accuracy.