What Is an Abbreviated Breast MRI?
Abbreviated Breast MRI (AB-MRI) is a supplemental screening tool used in conjunction with mammography for women with dense or very dense breast tissue. Breast imaging begins with mammogram and ultrasound, and in specific instances, MRI can be offered. MRI uses a magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed images of your breast. MRI does not use radiation. Your doctor will likely order abbreviated breast MRI (AB-MRI) if you have dense or very dense breasts and your lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is less than 20%. Calculate your lifetime risk here. Additional imaging may be necessary. Abbreviated Breast MRI (AB-MRI) is not covered by insurance. Payment of $449 is due at the time of service.
Because your comfort is important to us, we provide music headsets and blankets to make your experience more comfortable. Our knowledgeable, professional team will put you at ease and answer all your questions before the exam.
What Happens During The Test?
Our technologist will take a brief medical history. You will be asked to lie down on your stomach on an exam table, where your breasts will hang into cushioned openings. The table will then slide into the scanning area. During the test, the MRI will make a rapid tapping noise. Just relax and remain still. Initial images will be obtained, and then contrast material will be injected into a vein in your arm. After injection, additional images will be taken.
You should plan 45 minutes of total clinic time. The scan typically takes 10-15 minutes. You may return to normal activities following your exam.
How Do I Prepare for the Test?
Typically, no preparation is required before the exam. Because abbreviated breast MRI (AB-MRI) requires a contrast injection, a current creatinine test (within 45 days) is required if you are on dialysis. The creatinine test is a blood draw to evaluate your kidney function and will normally be performed at your physician’s office or lab prior to the exam. No fasting is necessary. For premenopausal women, this exam is scheduled 6-10 days after the first day of your period. You will need to remove all jewelry, hairclips, and bobby pins. In addition, you will need to remove your bra and any clothing containing metal. You will be provided a gown and a secure locker in which you can place valuables. You may take oral anti-anxiety medication as prescribed by your doctor. Iowa Radiology does not administer or prescribe anti-anxiety medications. Please ensure you have a driver.
When Can I Expect the Results?
A radiologist will review the images and send a report to your referring physician within two business days. Your doctor will review the report and contact you with the results.
What Contradictions Should I Be Aware Of?
If you are pregnant, have had an aneurysm clip, have had ear or eye prosthesis, or have a pacemaker, you may not be a candidate for an MRI. Because this exam requires an injection of intravenous (IV) contrast, please inform your doctor if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or past or current renal insufficiency or acute vascular disease.
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