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Chest MRI - About the Exam

Chest MRI provides detailed images of the structures within the chest cavity, including the mediastinum, chest wall, pleura, heart and vessels, from almost any angle.

What you can expect during a chest MRI:

  • You will be asked to lie on the examination table.
  • The table will start moving while your MRI is being performed.
  • You may be asked to hold your breath during the scanning. Any motion, whether breathing or body movements, can lead to artifacts on the images.
  • MRI exams generally include multiple runs (sequences), some of which may last several minutes.
  • The entire examination is usually completed within 15 to 45 minutes.

Learn how to prepare for a chest MRI.

Learn the benefits and risks of chest MRI.

Watch the MRI - What to Expect Video.