Information for Referring Physicians

Secure, electronic access to your patient's imaging report and study

For every study performed at the DCMRC, we provide the entire study and report electronically to the referring physician using a browser-based viewer.

When to Refer a Patient

Sample indications/anatomical regions appropriate for MRI evaluation include:

  • Aortic dissection and other aorta abnormalities
  • Cardiac thrombus
  • Cardiac mass/tumor
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Lower extremity stenosis
  • Ischemic evaluation
  • Infiltrative disease
  • Pericardial thickening, cysts, and mass
  • Pericardial effusion
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Shunt
  • Valvular conditions
  • Vascular disease
  • Myocardial viability assessment


As an initial screening tool for referring physicians, MRI is contraindicated for patients with the following:

  • Aneurysm clips
  • Carotid artery vascular clamp
  • Neurostimulator
  • Insulin or infusion pump
  • Implanted drug infusion device
  • Bone growth/fusion stimulator
  • Cochlear, otologic, or ear implant

The following patients may possibly undergo cardiac MR imaging if cleared with additional screening: 

  • Cardiac pacemaker
  • Implanted cardiac defibrillator
  • Patients with severe renal failure may undergo cardiac MRI but will be unable to receive gadolinium contrast.

  • Patients with a history of titanium aneurysm clips or non-titanium clips labeled ‘MR compatible’ may enter the scanner once cleared by a physician responsible for the implant.


For more information or to refer a patient, please call 919-668-6960.
To assist us with scheduling a patient, please fill out and fax (919-668-5588) the referral sheet below for:

Or, have the following information ready when you call:

  • Name and phone number of the patient
  • Indication(s) for the exam
  • Name and phone number of the referring physician