Centers & Medical Services

Breast MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive test used to diagnose medical conditions.

MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound.

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 MRI images
    • 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 paperwork.

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.