If you have an inner ear implant, aneurysm clips in your brain, a pacemaker, pain pump, cardiac stents or allergy to gadolinium, you must inform the technologist since most likely you are not a candidate for this exam.
The MRI equipment uses magnetic field and radio waves to study the breast tissue. Detection of breast cancer is based on increased deposition of MR contrast material (gadolinium) in the tumor. For this reason, you will receive an intraveneous injection during one part of the examination.
- Refrain from eating for two hours prior to the exam (fluid intake is fine).
- Patients older than 60 as well as those with high blood pressure, diabetes, or known kidney disease may need to have a blood test immediately before the scan.
Please allow approximatley two hours for the procedure. You will be in the MRI scanner for 20 to 30 minutes. The remaining time is allocated for registration, starting an IV, and positioning for the exam.
MRI of the breast, when used together with mammography, ultrasound, and physical examination, can help improve breast cancer diagnosis.
A form of non-invasive breast cancer called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) may not be detected by this exam, but may be visible on mammogram. Therefore, mammography remains an essential component of your complete evaluation.
The MRI suite is located on the first floor of the Medical Office Building (160 North Eagle Creek Drive). When you arrive please proceed first to Registration (across the foyer from the Breast Center).