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 For||Screening||Specific breast problems|
|Covered by Insurance||Usually||Usually|
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 system||Residual pacemaker leads|
|A TENS unit or residual wires||A Defibrillator (AICD)|
|Any internal pump device||An inner ear implant|
|A brain aneurysm clip||Any metal in your eyes|
Conditions/Situations that can Affect Scheduling
The following conditions/Situations may affect the scheduling of your breast MRI.
|Pre-menopause||Must schedule between days 5-14 of cycle.|
|Birth Control Medication||Notify us at scheduling.|
|Chemotherapy||Insurance covers MRI before & after completion of therapy only.|
|Radiation Therapy||(XRT) Must wait for 6 months after completion date.|
|Lumpectomy||Can be imaged immediately after, before additional therapy.|
|Breast Biopsy||Okay for MRI.|
|Mammograms||Must have most recent mammogram and report on site on appointment day.|
Did You Know?
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