WHAT IS MRI OF THE BREAST?
MRI is a pain-free way to look at any part of the body. The MRI machine uses harmless radio waves and magnetic fields to create an amazingly detailed 3D image.
Breast MRI is the most advanced way to diagnose breast disease and breast cancer without using X-rays. Breast MRI requires a high-strength MRI machine and additional specialized computer power.
WHY HAVE A BREAST MRI?
MRI of the breast is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging. It is an additional tool for to diagnose breast abnormalities. Usually, you need to have a mammography or ultrasound of the breast before a breast MRI can be ordered - check with your doctor and your insurance plan.
Our machines can obtain incredibly accurate, super-thin images. Abnormalities as small as a fraction of an inch can be seen. The MRI can help determine if a lump is cancer and can sometimes eliminate the need for a biopsy.
MRI of the breast is performed to:
- check abnormalities found on mammography
- find early breast cancer not detected through other means, especially in women with dense breast tissue and those at high risk for the disease
- screen for cancer in women who have implants or scar tissue
- determine the integrity of breast implants
WHY HAVE YOUR MRI AT FOCUSED IMAGING?
The power of a MRI is measured in "Tesla" or "T" and refers to the magnetic strength of a machine. A 3T machine is needed to get the superior images needed for breast MRI. Advanced Radiology Healthcare at Focused Imaging has the only 3T MRI in Yuma County. Our Technologists and Radiologists are specially trained for breast imaging and use only state-of-the-art imaging techniques.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Please wear loose clothing (sweatpants/shirt, shorts, polo shirts, etc.) with no metal parts. Avoid heavy eye shadow the day of the exam.
WHAT TO EXPECT
When you arrive, the MRI staff will make sure your clothing is suitable and ask you to put on exam garments in a dressing room. You may be asked to remove glasses, dentures, jewelry or other items. Your purse or wallet will be safely stored outside the scan room.
The technologist will start an IV in your arm - this is needed for a contrast injection. Once in the scan room, you'll lie down on a padded table and be positioned by staff.
The exam is completely pain-free so you will not need any sedatives nor any pain medication.
The exam takes about 45 minutes. While the exam is in progress you will hear vibrations and other sounds. You can listen to music over a headset during the scan. A technician is nearby at all times and can hear you if you need anything.
When the exam is over you may drive home immediately.
The Radiologist will review the images and a report will go to your doctor-- usually within 24 hours
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