Breast MRI uses Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to produce clear, detailed images of the inside of the breast. Each exam produces hundreds of cross-sectional images of the breast that are then read by a radiologist. Breast MRI is used as a complement to mammography, not as a replacement.
Established indications in Breast MRI include:
During a MRI of the breast, the patient lies on her stomach on a scanning table. The breasts are suspended in a padded holder in the scanning table, which contains coils that detect the magnetic signal. The scanning table is moved into the bore of the MRI. After an initial series of images have been taken, the patient may be given a contrast agent intraveneously. The contrast agent is sometimes used to improve the visibility of the tumor. Additional images are acquired. The exam takes approximately 30 minutes to an hour.
You cannot be examined by MRI if you have any of the following:
A paramagnetic contrast agent (a special “dye” that enhances the image) may be used.
This is given intravenously before the exam to highlight certain body parts. If contrast is required for your exam, please tell your physician:
Prior to your MRI examination, you may eat and take your medications as you normally would.