Four-Dimensional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (4D MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses pulsed radio frequency and magnets to create computer images used for screening and diagnosis.
4D flow MRI is a leading-edge imaging technique that offers a more comprehensive picture of the heart and the aorta. The fourth dimension is movement, allowing clinicians to better visualize blood flow through the cardiovascular system and potentially identify areas that warrant closer follow up.
MRI of the heart may be done to assess signs or symptoms of a number of heart conditions, including:
- Aneurysm: A weak or widened spot in the heart muscle or aorta
- Atherosclerosis: A gradual clogging of the arteries by plaque and other fatty material in the blood stream
- Cardiac tumor: A growth on the outside surface or inside the heart
- Cardiomyopathy: A thick, weakened heart muscle
- Congenital heart disease: Defects in the heart that develop before birth
- Heart failure: When a weakened heart muscle can’t pump enough blood to the body
- Heart valve disease: Damaged heart valves that can prevent adequate blood flow in the heart