Important Things to Know About Breast MRI
Breast MRI is a type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Doctors use Breast MRI to detect abnormalities in the breast as well as breast cancer. Rather than using X-ray, MRI uses a safe magnetic field and radio waves to create medical images. Breast MRI can be used in addition to mammography or ultrasound.
Breast MRI scans take approximately 45 minutes to complete. During the exam, you life face down and place your breasts in a cushioned area. When the scan begins, you will hear a loud muffled thumping sounds that lasts several minutes. Then the technologist will give you an injection of contrast through an IV. After the injection, more MRI pictures are taken. The technologist will stay in contact with you throughout your exam.
Please note: For women who still have a menstrual period, Breast MRIs will be scheduled within 10 days of the first day of the menstrual period.
Arrive thirty minutes early to complete paperwork.
- There are no diet restrictions to follow prior to your Breast MRI.
- Take your regular medications prior to your exam.
- Bring your insurance information, photo ID, as well as any applicable diagnostic films.
- Leave valuables at home. No metal objects can be worn during your scan (such as watches, jewelry, keys, or cell phone).
- You will be asked to wear a hospital gown for your exam. We have private dressing rooms where your belongings will be locked for the duration of your scan.
- Inform your referring physician if you have ever experienced claustrophobia. If necessary, your doctor can prescribe a mild sedative before your appointment. If you receive medication, bring someone to drive you home.
Notify our staff in advance if you:
- Have implanted devices
- Have any serious health problems
- Have had any surgery within the last six to eight weeks
- Have ever had surgery on your brain, ears, eyes, or heart
- Have metal in your eyes, or work with metals
- Have a bone or joint replacement or any prosthesis
- Are or may be pregnant or breastfeeding
- Weigh more than 350 pounds
Once your scan is complete, you may resume normal activities and diet. If you had a contrast injection, please drink plenty of water following your scan and follow the post-care instructions that the technologist will provide.