Breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses a magnetic field and radio waves to make detailed images of the internal structures of the breast. It can show breast cysts, enlarged ducts, lymph nodes, hematomas, leaking/ruptured breast implants and breast cancer.
Breast MRI is an FDA approved tool to assist in breast cancer detection and should be used in conjunction with mammography. Breast MRI is performed:
as an additional tool for women determined to be at a high risk for breast cancer
to determine the integrity of breast implants for rupture or leakage
to determine the extent of breast cancer
to distinguish between scar tissue and recurrent tumors
to assess the effect of chemotherapy
What should I bring to my appointment?
– Your insurance card and a valid photo i.d. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to complete registration.
How should I prepare for my exam?
Please follow any instructions given by your healthcare provider.
You will be asked to change into a gown. You will lie face down on a platform specially designed for the exam. The platform has openings to accommodate your breasts and allow them to be imaged without compression. The scanner will make a drumming sound as it captures the images. You may listen to music to muffle this sound if you’d like. To ensure the best quality images, you will be asked to remain as still as possible during the exam. Your exam may require an injection of IV contrast material. Images will be taken before and after the contrast material is injected.
What happens after my exam?
Your images will be interpreted by one of our board-certified breast imaging radiologists (medical doctor). The findings will be sent to your healthcare provider, who will then contact you to discuss the results.
You may resume regular activities immediately after your exam.