Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive test used to diagnose
MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions
that cannot be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography
An onsite radiologist, a physician specifically trained to supervise and
interpret radiology examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed
report to your primary care or referring physician, who will discuss the
results with you.
How to prepare:
- Women should always tell their doctor and technologist if there is a chance
they are pregnant.
- You will be provided with a gown for the exam.
Leave all jewelry and other accessories at home or remove them prior to
the MRI scan. Metal and electronic items can interfere with the magnetic
field of the MRI unit, and they are not allowed in the exam room. They
may cause burns or become harmful projectiles within the MRI scanner room.
These items include:
- jewelry, watches, credit cards and hearing aids, all of which can be damaged
- pins, hairpins, metal zippers and similar metallic items, which can distort
- removable dental work
- pens and eyeglasses
- body piercings
- Mobile phones, electronic watches and tracking devices.
- Arrive 30 minutes prior to appointment time to register and complete necessary
What to expect:
- You will be laying faced down with each breast inside a camera for a duration
of approximately 25 minutes.
- IV access will be obtained for a contrast injection.
- Expect extreme noise. You will be given earplugs, music is available.
- Results will be sent to the referring physician within 24-48 hours.