Basic Facts:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnets and radio waves to capture images inside your body without making a surgical incision.
  • An MRI can be performed on any part of your body. However, a heart or cardiac MRI looks specifically at your heart and nearby blood vessels.
CT scan

Your Virginia Heart Care Team will give you instructions about how to prepare for your cardiac MRI. You can drive yourself to the appointment, and you'll be able to drive after your test.

The noninvasive test does not use X-rays or radiation, but instead relies upon a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to create a series of images of the heart and its surrounding blood vessels. Some cardiac MRI patients will receive an injection of a contrast dye through a vein before the scan to improve picture quality and to help provide other information.


There are no post-test restrictions for a cardiac MRI. After the procedure, you’ll be able to leave and go about your day.

Your Virginia Heart Care Team will contact you with your results.