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What to Expect During Your Breast MRI

The exam typically takes 30 to 45 minutes.

First, patients must change into a hospital gown. Then, an IV is inserted into your arm. You will lie face down on a table, where the breasts are positioned into cup-like indentations on the table. The table is then moved into the MRI machine. You will need to lie very still as images are taken. About halfway through the exam, you will receive a painless injection, and then more images are taken. If you are claustrophobic or anxious about your Breast MRI exam, don’t worry. We can provide you with medication that will make you very comfortable during the exam. However, you will need someone to drive you home. After the exam is complete, special computers are used to analyze the enormous number of images. Results of the exam are not immediately available. Your physician will be contacted with the results.

Breast MRI vs Mammogram

A Breast MRI should never take the place of your annual X-ray mammogram. Even if you have a normal Breast MRI, you should still continue to have an annual mammogram, one of the most effective tools in breast cancer detection.

Used ForScreeningSpecific breast problems
Widely AvailableYesNo
Covered by InsuranceUsuallyUsually

When is a Breast MRI Necessary?

A mammogram typically is used as a first test for breast abnormalities. If a mammogram detects a problem, further specialized mammography and/or ultrasound may be used. If your doctor is still concerned, a Breast MRI is a diagnostic tool that may be considered. Breast MRI has been proven to potentially have value when other tests are inconclusive.

You Cannot Undergo MRI If you have…

A Pacemaker, unless it’s a Medtronic Revo or Advisa SureScan pacing systemResidual pacemaker leads
A TENS unit or residual wiresA Defibrillator (AICD)
Any internal pump deviceAn inner ear implant
A brain aneurysm clipAny metal in your eyes

Conditions/Situations that can Affect Scheduling

The following conditions/Situations may affect the scheduling of your breast MRI.

Pre-menopauseMust schedule between days 5-14 of cycle.
Birth Control MedicationNotify us at scheduling.
ChemotherapyInsurance covers MRI before & after completion of therapy only.
Radiation Therapy(XRT) Must wait for 6 months after completion date.
LumpectomyCan be imaged immediately after, before additional therapy.
Breast BiopsyOkay for MRI.
MammogramsMust have most recent mammogram and report on site on appointment day.

Badges of Honor

Wake Radiology is proud to have received the highest accreditations possible from the American College of Radiology (ACR).

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Did You Know?

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provider-60-yearsWake Radiology is a physician-directed, independent practice based in the Triangle and focused on quality outpatient imaging. And, we’ve maintained that focus for more than 60 years.

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