How long does a cardiac MRI take?
Consultant cardiologist Dr Joban Sehmi reveals how long a cardiac MRI takes.
If you are referred for a cardiac MRI, you’ll be asked to come in approximately half an hour before your scan time. You’ll be met by a member of the MRI team who will go through a safety questionnaire to ensure that it’s safe for you to be in an MRI environment. Once this is complete, you’re often asked to change into a hospital gown, and a small tube is placed in a vein within your arm through which dye can be given.
The MRI itself is in a specialized room. The MRI scanner looks rather like a large tunnel. Once you’re in the machine itself, it is rather noisy, and you will be given headphones for your protection. The technician carrying out the MRI will be in constant contact with you via the headphones. The MRI scan itself is rather noisy, and it can be quite disconcerting, but again, after five minutes, you will become accustomed to that environment.