Heart blood flow test
A heart blood flow test uses an MRI to get accurate, precise data about your heart valves. Blood flow across the heart chambers is regulated by the precise opening and closing of one-way valves. If the valves become too thick, they can obstruct blood flow and increase velocity (this is called a stenotic valve). If valves don’t close properly, blood can leak into the chamber from which it was ejected (this is called a leaky valve).
A heart blood flow cardiac (4D-flow) MRI will provide valuable information about the heart’s valves. This test will identify the following:
- The velocity of blood flow through heart valves
- Thickness of heart valves
- Ability of heart valves to effectively regulate blood flow