Cardiac

A MRI is an advanced medical imaging tool which uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed imaging 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.

How do I prepare?

  • Cardiac MRI examinations require specific preparation, our bookings staff will discuss this with you when you book an appointment.
  • It’s a good idea to wear a separate top to bottoms during your appointment. This makes changing for the examination easier.

Technology and Team

At Queensland X-Ray we can provide referrers and patients with a choice between 3T and 1.5T scanners. The number refers to the strength of the magnetic field created by the MRI machine.

Your MRI will be performed by an MRI Radiographer. These are Radiographers who have undergone additional training and exams in order to operate an MRI scanner. The images the MRI captures are viewed by a Radiologist who makes a diagnosis.

What happens during my examination

You will be asked to change into a gown before your MRI. This is to ensure you are wearing nothing with metal in it.

When entering the MRI room, your MRI Radiographer will explain exactly what will happen during your procedure. It may vary slightly from what we describe below, so don’t worry.

In most cases we will insert an intravenous (IV) line into your arm. We will use this to give you some contrast, which will enhance the images we take of the heart muscle.

You will be asked to lie down on the MRI bed on your back. We’ll make you as comfortable as possible using pillows and blankets. You will need to lie still for about one hour. 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 MRI machine is taking the images, you will hear a loud banging noise. You’ll be offered headphones through which the MRI Radiographer can talk to you and play a selection of music to help the time pass more quickly. You will be given a button to press should you at any time want to talk to the radiographer or stop the exam.

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.

Cost

There is no cost difference between a 3T or a 1.5T scanner.

Some MRI scans are rebatebale on certain machines across the state. Please ask at the time of booking for more information.

Locations providing this service

189 Lake Street

189 Lake Street,
Cairns, QLD, 4870

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Bayside

16 Weippin Street (Opposite Redland Hospital) Cleveland, QLD, 4163

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Bowen Hills

Bowen Hills Medical Specialist Centre
Suite 3, 16 Thompson Street
Bowen Hills, QLD, 4006

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Cairns Private Hospital

144 Lake Street,
Cairns, QLD, 4870

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Coorparoo

342 Old Cleveland Road,
Coorparoo, QLD, 4151

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Domain Central

21a/I Domain Central,
103 Duckworth Street,
Townsville, QLD, 4812

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Douglas Discovery Rise

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

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Gold Coast Airport Central

Airport Central, 1 Eastern Avenue, Bilinga, QLD, 4225

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Gold Coast Private Hospital

Ground Floor, 14 Hill Street, Southport, QLD, 4215

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Greenslopes Private Hospital

Lower Lobby Level,
Newdegate Street,
Greenslopes, QLD, 4120

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Mackay Fourways

96 Nebo Road,
West Mackay, QLD, 4740

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Mater Hospital Brisbane

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

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Mater Private Hospital Hyde Park

9-13 Bayswater Road,
Hyde Park, QLD, 4812

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Mater Private Hospital Mackay

76 Willetts Road,
North Mackay, QLD, 4740

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Mater Private Hospital Pimlico

Mercy Centre
25 Fulham Road (access via Diprose Street)
Pimlico, QLD, 4812

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Mater Private Hospital South Brisbane

301 Vulture Street,
South Brisbane, QLD, 4101

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Mater Private Hospital Springfield

30 Health Care Drive,
Springfield Central, QLD, 4300

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Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital

Cnr of Kessels and Troughton Roads,
Coopers Plains, QLD, 4108

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Southport

128 Queen Street ,
Southport, QLD 4215

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St Andrew’s Hospital Toowoomba

280 North Street,
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

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St Vincent’s Hospital Toowoomba

Scott Street,
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

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Sunnybank Private Hospital

Level 1, Sunnybank Private Medical Centre
245 McCullough Street,
Sunnybank, QLD, 4109

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Taringa

Ground Floor, 32 Morrow Street, Taringa, QLD, 4068

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Wynnum

101 Clara Street,
Wynnum, QLD, 4178

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