- Cardiac MRIRadiology Services
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Hospital - North Atrium Entrance
2800 Tenth Ave. North
Billings, MT 59101
Cardiac MRI is a specialized test that provides detailed information to your physicians about the structure and function of your heart muscle. This new technology is commonly being used to supply detailed information about scarring and inflammation in the heart muscle from old or recent myocardial infarction (heart attack).
A Cardiac MRI yields useful information to your physicians about what areas of your heart muscle are still alive to better guide revascularization procedures such as coronary stenting or bypass surgery.
This technology is also being used to evaluate other conditions such as:
- hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) - a disease in which the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick.
- sarcoidosis - the growth of tiny collections of inflammatory cells in different parts of your body
- amyloidosis - a disease that occurs when substances called amyloid proteins build up in your organs
- myocarditis -an inflammation of the myocardium, the middle layer of the heart wall
Cardiac MRI is also an excellent test to evaluate a mass or tumor in the heart.
At Billings Clinic, we use cardiac MRI to guide catheter-based therapies for arrhythmias such as ventricular tachycardia and atrial fibrillation. Because cardiac MRI is a versatile tool for evaluating structure and blood flow through the chambers of the heart, it is also routinely used for following patients with congenital heart disease including atrial septal defect, Tetralogy of Fallot, aortic coarctation, and transposition of the great arteries.
The average cardiac MRI study takes one hour. Depending on the indication or information requested by your physician, IV gadolinium contrast may be administered during the test. Exams are being performed on the most sophisticated 1.5 T MR systems available.
At Billings Clinic, use of the Cardiac MRI technology is a collaborative effort between the cardiology and radiology departments. We are fortunate to have three physicians who are fellowship trained to perform and interpret cardiac MRI exams: Loren Budge, MD (cardiac electrophysiologist), Ronny Jiji, MD, FACC (general cardiologist), and George Knight MD. (cardiothoracic radiologist). In addition, specially trained radiology technologists work with the patient through the imaging process.