Contrast Agent

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)

    he contrast medium allows us to visualize heart damage at a very early stage, even if the function of the heart appears normal. It also allows to differentiate between the different causes of wall motion abnormalities. The contrast agent used is not an X-ray contrast agent (these contain iodine and can potentially cause kidney damage), but a specific MRI contrast agent (Gadolinium-DTPA) that alters the body’s magnetic properties (i.e., protons). The MRI contrast agent is well-tolerated and is quickly excreted by the body. Please bring your current bloodwork especially kidney function values (Creatinine, GFR) with you. Special organization and previous arrangements will need to be made only for patients requiring dialysis. 

    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.