Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging provides thorough and in-depth details of the heart structure and its function in children with various heart diseases. MRI does not use ionizing radiation. It uses strong magnets to create pictures of the heart. It is non- invasive and is often an alternative to cardiac catheterization.
St. Joseph's Children's Hospital: Choosing the right scan at the right time
MRI generates high resolution images that shows good contrast between blood and the heart muscle allowing thorough evaluation of the heart function and structure. This makes cardiac MRI an easy choice for diagnosing disease in many children. Cardiac MRI can answer questions that other tests, such as echocardiograms, cannot answer. It can also be a very important diagnostic instrument when making decisions and planning for cardiac surgery.
We know that children are not small adults
We understand the special care your youngster needs. Our team of board certified anesthesiologists and pediatric intensive care physicians are experienced and specially trained to care for patients with complex medical conditions who undergo cardiac MRI exams. A state-of-the-art patient monitoring system allows staff to monitor the patient's oxygen level and respiration.
At St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, we offer many medical imaging services, including:
- Pediatric CT with and without sedation
- Pediatric MRI with and without sedation
- Pediatric radiography
For more information about the program, call St. Joseph's Children's Hospital at (813) 554-8500.