In 2013, 571 patients had cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cMRI) scans at Children's.

What does this data mean?

This graph shows the number of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (cMRI) scans at Children’s. The Children's Sibley Heart Center is one of the few pediatric healthcare systems in the nation to offer advanced cardiac MRI.

What is a cardiac MRI?

A cardiac MRI uses a large magnet, radiofrequencies and a computer to create images of the heart and other structures within the body. A cardiac MRI of the heart can:

  • Check the structure of the heart and blood vessels
  • See blood flow
  • Check infections
  • Find tumors

Cardiac MRI is a way to assess a child’s heart without touching or cutting the skin. MRI does not use radiation like X-rays or computed tomography (CT) scans.

What is the difference between a case and a procedure?

A case is one patient’s visit to the cardiac MRI.

A procedure is one type of assessment performed during the cardiac MRI visit. Doctors may perform more than one assessment during each visit (or case).