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MRI scans better and safer than radiation methods for heart checks

MRI scans ‘are better for heart checks’, experts say, BBC News, 23 Dec 11 Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans should be used to assess patients with suspected heart disease, rather than standard checks, experts say.

A University of Leeds study of 750 people found MRI was better at detecting the condition, and of ruling it out in unaffected patients.

MRI was also non-invasive and did not use radiation, unlike the usual tests. A spokesman for the British Heart Foundation, which backed the study, said MRI should be used more widely…… Patients with suspected angina are currently most likely to have either an angiogram – an invasive test where dye is injected directly into the heart’s arteries
– or a non-invasive imaging test called SPECT.

Angiograms and SPECT tests both involve ionising radiation…… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16305278

December 23, 2011 - Posted by | health, UK

1 Comment »

  1. I just don’t get it. Why do doctors order so many CT scans, which bombard us with radiation, when MRI, which doesn’t use radiation, can deliver similar images? Is it a matter of price? Pick your battles, yes, and this should be a battle you engage in with your doc.

    Harriet Sugar Miller
    http://www.eatandbeatcancer.com
    http://www.glowingolder.com

    Comment by hsugarmill | December 23, 2011 | Reply


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