MRI of the Chest at Valley Radiology

In modern medical imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a powerful diagnostic tool that offers an in-depth view of the body's internal structures. 

When imaging the chest cavity, MRI can provide valuable insights into various conditions affecting the heart, lungs, and surrounding structures. 

We proudly employ a cutting-edge chest MRI scan at Valley Radiology to ensure accurate diagnoses and comprehensive patient care. 

Let's take a closer look at what an MRI of the chest entails and its role in your overall health and well-being. Continue reading to learn more.

What Does a Chest MRI Show?

A chest MRI is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed cross-sectional images of the chest area. 

A wide range of information can be confirmed and diagnosed about illness, injury, or chest-related health conditions, including:

  • Cardiac health, including the heart's size, shape, and function. It can detect heart disease, cardiomyopathies, and congenital heart defects.
  • Lung health, including lesions, tumors, and abnormalities within the pulmonary vasculature, can be detected through a chest MRI. 
  • Mediastinal evaluation contains critical structures like the heart, major blood vessels, and lymph nodes. This often detects and monitors lesions or masses in this central chest compartment.
  • Breast tissue assessment helps identify abnormalities such as tumors or cysts.
  • Soft tissue evaluation of the chest wall can detect pleural and diaphragmatic abnormalities.
  • Blood vessels aid in diagnosing conditions like aortic aneurysms or vascular malformations.
  • Nerve compression or impingement in the chest area can be detected, helping diagnose conditions like thoracic outlet syndrome.
  • Inflammation and infection in the chest, including abscesses or inflammatory diseases like sarcoidosis.

Understanding the Chest MRI Scan Procedure

Before undergoing a chest MRI, patients must change into a hospital gown and remove any metallic objects they may be wearing, as these items can interfere with the MRI's powerful magnetic field. 

Following this, patients are instructed to lie down on an MRI table.

In some instances, a specialized contrast agent may be administered intravenously. This contrast agent enhances the visibility of specific structures or abnormalities within the chest cavity, allowing for more accurate imaging.

During the MRI itself, the patient must remain as still as possible. This stillness ensures that the resulting images will be clear. 

The MRI machine generates a series of images or slices of the targeted chest area, which are then reconstructed to create a three-dimensional representation of the chest, providing a comprehensive view for diagnostic purposes.

How Long Does a Chest MRI Take?

A chest MRI typically takes 30 minutes to an hour, but the duration can vary based on the specific imaging requirements and whether a contrast agent is used.

Before your chest MRI, we will discuss the estimated procedure length in greater detail based on your unique health history and imaging needs.

The Benefits of a Chest MRI

Unlike chest X-rays or CT scans, a chest MRI scan does not use ionizing radiation, making it a safer option for repeated imaging, especially when monitoring certain chest-related conditions.

Other benefits of a non-invasive MRI scan for the chest include:

  • High-quality images provide detailed, multi-angle views of internal structures.
  • Early detection of illnesses and health conditions. 
  • Improved surgical planning
  • Painless
  • Tracks health changes over time with advanced condition monitoring. 
  • No contrast is required for most patients. 

Schedule a Chest MRI with Valley Radiology

At Valley Radiology, we are committed to providing accurate and dependable chest imaging results to support your healthcare journey. 

If you or a loved one are experiencing chest-related symptoms or concerns, a chest MRI can be a vital first step in identifying the underlying issues and initiating the necessary treatment. 

Your well-being is our priority. We encourage you to prioritize your health by scheduling a chest MRI. 

Contact us today if you have been referred to us for a chest MRI. Take the first step toward understanding and addressing your chest health needs with us.