Breast MRI

Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging uses radio waves in a magnetic field to produce computer generated images of the breast.  An MRI of the breast may show problems in the breast that can not be seen on a Mammogram or Ultrasound.

There are many uses for Breast MRI.  Often it is used as an additional test to Mammography, mainly in women with a new diagnosis of breast cancer or in women with a greater-than-average risk for breast cancer.  Oncologists often use Breast MRI for staging during the treatment of Breast Cancer.  In addition Breast MRI is very helpful for women with implants.  It is used to check for leaks and to evaluate the tissue around the implant capsule which is not always visible on a mammogram.

All facilities offering breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging should have the capability of performing biopsies should the need arise.

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MRI Restrictions:

  • Some metal implants
  • Metal clips
  • Pacemakers
  • Cochlear implants

If you have a history of any of these items please inform the technologist prior to your exam.

Preparation for the Exam:

Depending on the area to be examined; preparation varies.  Please check with the facility prior to your appointment.  If you are or think you might be pregnant, please inform your technologist before the procedure.

Length of Exam:

Breast MRI exam typically takes 30 to 60 minutes to perform. There are instances when additional time is necessary to complete the exam.

After your Exam:

A Diversified Radiologist will interpret your exam and a report will be sent to your physician usually within 24 hours of your test.

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