The two modern imaging methods (echocardiography and magnetic ¬resonance¬ imaging) enable a non-invasive, gentle examination of the heart. Diseases of the heart muscle, heart valves, congenital heart defects, and other conditions can be detected precisely. Echocardiography works with ultrasound waves, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields to create layered heart images.
Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (cardiac MRI) is a state-of-the-art, safe, non-invasive imaging method that does not involve exposure to X-rays. MRI works with a magnetic field that acts on the hydrogen atoms (protons) in the body.