Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnets and radio waves to capture images inside your body without making a surgical incision. A heart or cardiac MRI looks specifically at your heart and nearby blood vessels.
An MRI machine may look intimidating. It’s made up of a bench that slowly glides into a large tube attached to a doughnut-shaped opening. You will be told to lie back on the bench and a technician will control the movement of the bench using a remote control from another room. They will be able to communicate with you through a microphone.
The machine will make loud whirring and thumping noises as it takes pictures of your body.
The technician will ask you to hold your breath for a few seconds as the pictures are being taken. You won’t feel anything during the test because the machine’s magnets and radio frequencies — similar to FM radios — can’t be felt.
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