In performing a cardiovascular MRI examination, preparation is considered to be paramount to a successful subsequent image acquisition. Although seemingly trivial, this image acquisition and interpretation requires a working knowledge of adequate patient preparation, ECG lead placement, breath-hold instructions and contrast injection. This expertise should be accompanied by knowledge of safety issues and precautions in the MRI environment. The purpose of this chapter is to provide MRI users, in particular those who aim to perform cardiovascular MRI studies in daily clinical practice, a practical introduction to setting up and performing an MR scan.The safety issues in the MR suite will be discussed and ample attention is given to the specific patient preparation for patients undergoing cardiac MR. Several contra-indications and risks relating to pregnancy and contrast media will be discussed.
KeywordsStatic Magnetic Field Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis Specific Absorption Rate Reed Switch Ferromagnetic Object
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