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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of your breast is a non-invasive exam that uses a magnetic field, radio frequency pulses to produce pictures of your breast. Breast MRI’s are different from regular x-rays because instead of using radiation, it uses a magnetic field. The computer processes the signals caused by the magnetic field in the coils and the images are viewed on the computer and are able to be enlarged and manipulated for better viewing. MRI of the breast is a supplemental procedure to help detect and stage breast cancer.

 
MRI is recommended by the American Cancer Society for women with an at least 20-25% of developing breast cancer. Those women would be ones with a strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer and women who have been treated for Hodgkin’s disease.
 
What to expect on the day of your MRI appointment.
 
Arrive about 10 minutes early so you have time to fill out your paper work. Please bring your insurance card (even if it hasn’t changed), we take a copy of it every year and have you update your information to insure that we have all of the correct billing information.
 
You will be positioned on the MRI table on your stomach with your breasts hanging freely into cushioned opening surrounded by a breast coil. If your exam requires contrast material, the technologist will place an IV line into a vein in your hand or arm. They will take images of you both before and after you are given the contrast material.
 
How should I prepare for my breast MRI?
 
Wear loose fitting clothes that don’t have any metal fasteners (including jewelry), if you don’t have that type of clothing we will provide you with a gown. The technologist will ask you if you have any allergies, asthma, serious health problems, if you are pregnant or surgeries that you may have had. If you are claustrophobic or have anxiety you may want to ask your primary care physician for a mild sedative. Some of the health problems you need to mention to the technologist are listed below.
 
Internal (implanted) defibrillator or pacemaker
Cochlear (ear) implant
Some types of clips used on brain aneurysms
Artificial heart valves
Implanted drug infusion ports
Implanted electronic device, including a cardiac pacemaker
Artificial limbs or metallic joint prostheses
Implanted nerve stimulators
Metal pins, screws, plates or surgical staples