Abbreviated Breast MRI

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What is an Abbreviated Breast MRI?

An Abbreviated Breast MRI is additional tool to screen for and diagnose breast cancers, and is used in conjunction with screening mammography. This screening exam is meant for women with a family history of breast cancer and/or those with dense breast tissue.

An Abbreviated Breast MRI is not covered by your insurance and is a self-pay exam. Your out-of-pocket cost for an Abbreviated Breast MRI with Suburban Imaging is $495.

How long will my exam take?

An Abbreviated Breast MRI takes approximately 15 minutes.

What happens during my exam?

You will be asked to change into a gown or scrubs. Jewelry, watches, hair clips and possibly dentures will need to be removed. All personal items will be kept in a secure locker outside of the MRI room. The technologist will give you headphones so you can listen to music during the exam-you may bring a favorite CD with you or listen to a radio statioin of your choice.

During the MRI, you will lie on your stomach on the scanning table. Your breasts are placed into a depression in the table, which contains coils that detect the magnetic signal. There is no pain associated with a breast MRI.

After an intial series of images have been taken, you will be given a contrast agent (gadolinium) intravenously (injection into a vein in your arm) to enhance the MRI images. Additional images are then taken.

What happens after my exam?

Your images will be interpreted by one of our board-certified radiologists (physician). The findings will be reported to your healthcare provider who will then contact you to discuss the results.

Where can I get an Abbreviated Breast MRI?

We currently offer Abbreviated Breast MRI's at our Southdale location. To schedule please call our south scheduling line at 952.893.000

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