Explore Cardiac MRI
The magnetic fields and radio waves used in cardiac MRI have no side effects. This method of taking pictures of organs and tissues doesn't carry a risk of causing cancer or birth defects.
Serious reactions to the contrast agent used during some MRI tests are very rare. However, side effects are possible and include the following:
Rarely, the contrast agent can harm people who have severe kidney or liver disease. The substance may cause a disease called nephrogenic (NEF-ro-JEN-ik) systemic fibrosis.
If your cardiac MRI includes a stress test, more medicines will be used during the test. These medicines may have other side effects that aren't expected during a regular MRI scan, such as:
New pediatric imaging facility aims to improve treatment for congenital heart disease
Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for humans. To find clinical trials that are currently underway for Cardiac MRI, visit www.clinicaltrials.gov.
September 2, 2014
Gary H. Gibbons
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