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Live Operator: (626) 447-0035

Scheduling (626) 445-4850

Live Operator: (626) 447-0035

Scheduling (626) 445-4850

Breast MRI
Breast MRI

Breast MRI

Breast MRI is the most sensitive technique for breast imaging and is useful for women who have high-risk factors, dense tissue, or known breast cancer.

As a supplemental tool to mammography and ultrasound, Breast MRI may be used to distinguish between benign (noncancerous) and malignant (cancerous) tissue and as guidance for biopsy.

Breast MRI

As a complement to mammography and ultrasound, breast MRI is the most sensitive technique to detect invasive ductal breast cancer.

Arcadia Radiology Medical Group utilizes breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) services that help detect breast cancer in women at an early stage. During breast MRI, the patient is injected with a contrasting agent in order to help our Radiologist determine whether or not there are signs of cancerous cells within the breast. Breast MRI is best used as a supplemental tool along with a mammography and ultrasound to detect smaller lesions that might be otherwise missed.

What is a Breast MRI?

A breast MRI is a procedure that many women have performed in order to determine whether they have breast cancer or not. The procedure, like many other magnetic resonance imaging procedures, is pain free except for a brief intravascular injection into the breast. This injection is used by the radiologist to determine where there is elevated blood flow and therefore whether or not cancerous cells are present.

Preparing for a Breast MRI

Patients who are planning on getting a breast MRI do not necessarily need to make any preparations for the procedure. The pain involved is minimal and there will be technologists that can help you throughout the exam. However, when setting up a breast MRI, you should make sure to leave enough time for the entire exam. Usually they last anywhere between 45 minutes to 1 ½ hours.

In order to speed up the process, patients can leave all of their jewelry, watches, credit cards, and other magnetic items at home or in a secure locker in the dressing area.

During and After the Breast MRI

The procedure is a rather simple one, though the process can take time. First, you will need to lie face down on your stomach with your breasts placed in specific openings. These openings are called the breast coil and will be used in order to create the images for the breast MRI. Patients who have a contrasting agent will get a special injection before the images are taken so that various tissues will be highlighted for the doctor to read. You will need to lie completely still throughout the 45 – 60 minutes that it will take to capture all the images. When the imaging is complete, the breast MRI is done and you are free to go home. There are no particular instructions for patients after an MRI is taken except to schedule an appointment with your physician for him to go over his findings.

Evaluate Your Risk For Breast Cancer

Click here for the National Cancer Institute Breast Cancer Risk Evaluation tool.