For an accurate and measurable result, it is very important that you lie still during the scan. You will receive breathing instructions while taking the images, which means that our operator will ask you to hold your breath for a while at certain intervals.Most patients require the administration of a contrast agent because a contrast examination can provide very important additional information about the heart and blood vessels. The contrast agent can be used to locate infarct scars, determine myocardial viability, see connective tissue degeneration in already happened myocarditis, various myocardial diseases or storage disorders, as well as when examining cardiac tumours and the pericardium.
The price of the examination includes the price of the contrast agent, during the basic examination protocol, in addition to the native images, we also make images with contrast agent.
Contrast agent is not given in two cases:
- poor renal function (GFR <30)
- at the request of the patient
Although a non-contrast (native) cardiac MRI scan can provide useful information, it has several advantages over other imaging procedures, but it should be noted that important information can be lost during a native scan, which can only be replaced by a repeated examination wit contrast agent.
In case of cardiac MRI, we use a gadolinium-based contrast agent that is administered to the body by the operator with a venous injection. In most cases, contrast injection has no perceptible effect on the subject. If you are breast feeding, contrast agent manufacturers recommend that you stop breast-feeding your baby for at least 24 hours after the injection