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Breast MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive test used to diagnose medical conditions. MRI scans of the breast serve as a way to collect valuable information about many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound.

Our onsite radiologist, who is a medical doctor with training in the supervision and interpretation of radiology examinations, will analyze the images. Once they have made a conclusion, they will send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician, who will discuss the results with you.

How to Prepare for a Breast MRI at ECRMC

Arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment time to register and complete necessary paperwork. 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.

Avoid wearing items with any metal, such as:

  • 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

Please note: women should always tell their doctor and technologist if there is a chance they are pregnant.

What to Expect from a Breast MRI

You will be lying face down with each breast inside a camera for approximately 25 minutes. Expect loud noises, but you will be given earplugs or music to listen to during the exam. Results will be sent to the referring physician within 24 to 48 hours.