Breast MRI

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What is a Breast MRI?

Breast MRI is a supplemental tool used in addition to mammography to aid in the diagnosis and detection of breast cancers. 

Breast MRI has many important uses including:

  • Screening in women who are at high risk, typically because of a strong family history, for breast cancer
  • Determining the extent of breast cancer
  • Further evaluating abnormalities
How long will my exam take?

Breast MRI exams typically take 1 hour.

What happens during my exam?

You will be asked to change into a gown that opens in the front. You will be positioned on your stomach on a scanning table. Your breasts will be 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 initial series of images have been taken, you may be given an IV contrast material (gadolinium) to enhance the MRI images. Additional images will be taken. 

What happens after my exam?

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

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