For certain suspicions/differential diagnoses, a contrast medium must be used as part of the MRI examination.
The potential investigations which use contrast agents are, for example:
Suspicion of reduced blood flow to the heart (Ischemia Diagnostics)
Imaging of scars in the heart muscle (so-called Vitality Diagnostics)
Examination for inflammation of the heart muscle (Myocarditis)
Imaging of vessels (so-called Angiography)
The contrast agent is administered via venous access, which is created for you before the start of the examination. In some patients, it briefly leaves a metallic taste in the mouth. Headaches or nausea can occur in very rare cases. Serious allergic reactions to the contrast agent are rare. A doctor is always present during the examination.