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Cardiac MRI

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and refers to a medical imaging scan that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images (or pictures) of internal organs making it ideal for imaging the heart.

Cardiac MRI is most commonly used for screening and diagnosis of the function of the heart.

What to expect when you visit us

We’ve created this patient experience video that provides an insight into what it’s like to have a Cardiac MRI scan at Queensland X-Ray.

How do I prepare for my Cardiac MRI scan? 

Most Cardiac MRI scans do not require any special preparation. If you are having an Adenosine-stress CMR study, you will be advised at the time of booking what is required.

MRI safety

At Queensland X-Ray we take patient safety very seriously. MRI can be extremely safe provided all safety precautions are followed. MRI uses very strong magnetic fields and some people may be at risk in this environment.

When you book in for your MRI at Queensland X-Ray and when you arrive at your appointment, you will be asked a number of questions to make sure you don’t have any medical implants, devices or medical conditions that may put you at risk. Please let our staff know if you have any of the following:

  • Cardiac pacemaker or defibrillator
  • Cochlear or stapes implant
  • Neurostimulator
  • Aneurysm clips
  • Active implanted biomedical device
  • Infusion pump
  • Any other implants or devices in your head or body

Let us know if we can help

Some people may find the MRI scanner claustrophobic which can prevent them from completing the MRI scan. If you have experienced this previously or have any concerns, please let our bookings staff know and we will talk through the options available to you.

Technology and Team

Cardiac MRI Centre

At Queensland X-Ray we provide the highest quality comprehensive Cardiac MR imaging service in Queensland.

The centrepiece of our service is the purpose-built Cardiac MRI (CMR) centre at the Mater Hospital Brisbane featuring the latest generation 1.5 Tesla Siemens Sola wide-bore MRI scanner. Queensland X-Ray incorporates current and emerging imaging techniques into everyday practice ensuring patients receive world-class imaging in line with evidence-based complex contemporary clinical practice. Our Mater Brisbane practice also incorporates a dedicated CMR image analysis centre using industry-leading Circle Cardiovascular Imaging software.

Our CMR centre at Mater Brisbane provides a state-wide service for our regional Queensland X-Ray practices. All CMR performed at our regional practices is supervised in real-time by our CMR team in Brisbane who also perform the CMR analysis and reporting for every study. This way we ensure that wherever you have your scan, you will benefit from the expertise of our specialty staff.

Our team

To perform Cardiac MRI requires expert knowledge and experience in image acquisition, comprehensive protocoling, close real-time supervision and expert post-acquisition image analysis to yield reliable, reproducible and clinically useful structural and functional information.

With a team of highly trained and experienced cardiac MRI radiographers, cardiologists, radiologists, nurses and support staff, Queensland X-Ray ensures patients receive the best possible service, care and clinical outcomes.

All Queensland X-Ray cardiac imaging specialists (radiologists and cardiologists) are fellowship trained and credentialed in Cardiac MRI and CT. They all maintain an expert level of clinical and technical knowledge through high volume caseload combined with continual discipline-specific professional development. Over and above credentialing, our specialists are skilled in the latest CMR techniques, including exposure to pre-commercial release software, with a focus on the application of these techniques to the clinical question.

Our Cardiac MRI Services and Research Manager has unparalleled experience in delivering tertiary level Cardiac MR imaging and has an international reputation in cardiac MRI research and education.

Our Cardiac MRI Coordinator and all our technical staff are sub-specialty trained and undertake continual discipline-specific professional education, training and development. Most importantly, they maintain currency of clinical practice through high-volume caseload.

You can find out more about each of our cardiac imaging specialists by clicking on the links below.

Dr John Fenwick
Dr Ryan Shulman
Dr Elizabeth Carter
Dr Johanne Neill
Dr Aaron Lin


What happens during my examination?

The patient experience video provides an overview of what will happen during your cardiac MRI scan.

When you arrive, you will asked to complete an MRI Safety Questionnaire to make sure you are safe to enter the MRI scanner room. You will be asked to change into a gown before your MRI to ensure there is no metal on your body or in your clothing.

We will then place some ECG dots on your chest using a special abrasive gel to prepare your skin. In most cases we will need to give you a small injection of an MRI contrast dye into a vein in your arm so that we can get more detailed information about your heart tissue.

During the MRI scan you will need to lie flat on your back for about an hour. Each scan is planned specific to you while you are on the table so it is important you don’t move during the scan. We’ll make you as comfortable as possible using pillows and blankets. During this time you will be asked to hold your breath for short periods at a time (10-15 seconds) when requested by the radiographer.

When the images are being taken, you will hear loud banging noises. To protect your hearing, we’ll give you earbuds and headphones. Through the headphones you’ll be able to listen to music of your choice and also hear the radiographer talking to you.

You will be given a button to press should you at any time want to talk to the radiographer or stop the scan. The radiographer is watching you at all times and will be talking to you often throughout the scan.

After your examination

The results of your Cardiac MRI will be sent directly to your referring Doctor. Please ensure you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results with them.


The cost of your Cardiac MRI will depend on the reason for your scan, and what information your specialist needs to manage your care. We will provide you with a quote at the time of booking.

Locations providing this service

Douglas Discovery Rise

Clinical Practice Building,
James Cook Drive (cnr Mt Stuart Street),
Douglas, QLD, 4814

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Mater Hospital Brisbane

4th Floor, 32 Raymond Terrace,
South Brisbane, QLD, 4101

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Mater Private Hospital Mackay

76 Willetts Road,
North Mackay, QLD, 4740

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