Breast MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the structures within the breast.

What is it?

It is primarily used as a supplemental tool to breast screening with mammography or ultrasound. It may be used to screen women at high risk for breast cancer, evaluate the extent of cancer following diagnosis, or further evaluate abnormalities seen on mammography. 

Breast MRI does not use ionizing radiation, and it is the best method for determining whether breast implants have ruptured.

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What is it?

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It is primarily used as a supplemental tool to breast screening with mammography or ultrasound. It may be used to screen women at high risk for breast cancer, evaluate the extent of cancer following diagnosis, or further evaluate abnormalities seen on mammography. 

Breast MRI does not use ionizing radiation, and it is the best method for determining whether breast implants have ruptured.

woman getting a mammogram

What to Expect

For an MRI exam of the breast, you will lie face down on a platform specially designed for your breasts. The platform has openings to accommodate your breasts and allow them to be imaged without compression. Before you lay on the table an IV will be placed in your arm for the administration of a Gadolinium contrast agent.  This agent will be injected near the end of the MRI exam.  It is important to remain very still throughout the exam which takes approximately 15-20 minutes.  If MRI of the breast is being performed for the sole purpose of determining if you have a ruptured breast implant, you will not be given an IV contrast material.  

What to Expect

woman getting a mammogram

For an MRI exam of the breast, you will lie face down on a platform specially designed for your breasts. The platform has openings to accommodate your breasts and allow them to be imaged without compression. Before you lay on the table an IV will be placed in your arm for the administration of a Gadolinium contrast agent.  This agent will be injected near the end of the MRI exam.  It is important to remain very still throughout the exam which takes approximately 15-20 minutes.  If MRI of the breast is being performed for the sole purpose of determining if you have a ruptured breast implant, you will not be given an IV contrast material.  

Do you have any questions?

We understand that people looking for various exams may have a lot of questions, please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can walk with you during this trying time.