Dar Al Shifa Hospital in Kuwait has implemented a cardiac MRI to diagnose and assess cardiac diseases and conditions.

Cardiac MRI is a medical imaging technology for the non-invasive assessment of the function and structure of the cardiovascular system.

The technology is proven to be the golden standard in measuring ventricular volumes as it allows structural and functional flow information on the heart in one single test, the hospital official said.

The key advantages of cardiac MRI are accurate quantification, non-invasiveness and usage of non ionising radiation.

The technique has high inter-study reproducibility and can create both moving and still images of the heart and major blood vessels.

The pictures help doctors to look at the structure and function of the heart and decide on the best way to treat patients.

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The procedure is used to assess cardiac diseases such as coronary heart disease, damage caused by a heart attack, heart failure, heart valve problems, congenital heart defects, pericarditis and cardiac tumours.

Dar Al Shifa Hospital higher committee head Taleb Jeraq said, "The cardiac MRI service at Dar Al Shifa Hospital is a new addition to the imaging centre which is showing a great potential for becoming the imaging investigation of choice for many cardiac patients."

Dar Al Shifa Hospital was established in 1963 as the first private hospital in the state of Kuwait. Originally a private maternity care hospital, it has since grown to encompass a wide range of services.