MR imaging 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 this exam for implant integrity evaluation, newly diagnosed breast cancer or post lumpectomy, specialized diagnosed follow-up, or for very high risk evaluation. Breast imaging begins with mammogram and ultrasound. In specific instances MRI can be offered.
Because your comfort is important to us, we provide music headsets as well as blankets to make your experience more comfortable. Our knowledgeable, professional team will put you at ease and answer all of your questions before the exam.
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 have (had) renal insufficiency or acute vascular disease.
Most generally, there is no prior preparation required before the exam. A breast MRI requires a contrast injection. Therefore a current creatinine test (within 45 days) is required. The creatinine test is a blood draw which evaluates your kidney function and will normally be performed at your physican's office or lab prior to the exam. No fasting is necessary. 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 valuables can be placed.
Our technologist will take a brief medical history. You will be asked to lie down on your stomach on the scanning 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 are obtained. Contrast material will be injected into a vein in your arm. After injection, additional images will be taken.
You should plan 60-90 minutes of total clinic time. The scan typically takes 30 to 60 minutes. You may return to normal activities following your exam.
A radiologist will review the images and send a report to your referring physician within one business day. Your doctor will review the report and contact you with the results.
"Emily made me very comfortable."
"This was my first MRI. The nurses were extremely patient and thorough. They made me feel warm and welcome while talking me through the procedure."