FEB 11, 2019 08:15 AM PST

MRI Possible Alternative To Commonly Used Heart Imaging

WRITTEN BY: Abbie Arce

Although it has been slow to catch on, the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to visualize heart function may soon be the preferred option. This is because not only can an MRI diagnose disease, but it can also help predict the severity of each case.

In a study from Duke Health, researchers found that MRI has the potential to be a non-invasive, non-toxic alternative to stress electrocardiograms EKGs, cardiac catheterizations and stress nuclear exams in identifying the severity of a patient’s heart disease.

This technology was previously unpopular for this particular use because of a lack of data on its predictive value. Also because it is not possible for those with pacemakers to receive MRI testing because it can harm the patent. Researchers note that the study provides some clarity but that direct comparisons between diagnostic tests should be conducted.

The above video, from the British Heart Foundation, goes over what you can expect if your doctor recommends a cardiac MRI.


 

Sources: Journal of the American Medical Association

About the Author
  • Abbie is an AFAA certified personal trainer and fitness instructor with an interest in all things health-science. She has recently graduated with her BS in Applied Sport and Exercise Science from Barry University in Miami. Next, she intends to earn an MPH with a focus in Epidemiology.
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