Breast MRI Scan
Breast MRIs are often used alongside mammography and breast ultrasound to screen for breast abnormalities and irregularities. Breast imaging is an important radiologic tool that uses molecular signals to look for cancers that may be too subtle to identify through traditional forms of breast imaging. While an annual mammogram is important for preventive care, an MRI of the breast can detect early stages of cancers that may not be identified using a mammogram or ultrasound.
What is a breast MRI scan?
A Breast MRI stands for breast magnetic resonance imaging, which uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create comprehensive images of the breasts. A breast MRI scan is often ordered if a breast ultrasound or breast mammogram depicted abnormal or inconclusive results. For patients who have a family history of breast cancer or who are at high risk of breast cancer, breast MRI scans may be used to monitor breast health.
What can a breast MRI scan help diagnose?
In most cases, breast MRI scans are used to detect the presence of breast tumors or the signs of breast cancer. Additionally, a breast MRI scan can detect breast cysts and other abnormal growths of the breast. Following a lumpectomy or breast surgery, a breast MRI scan can be used to evaluate breast healing and scarring. As a diagnostic tool, breast MRI scans can also evaluate the severity of breast cancer, number and location of tumors, and help to determine an appropriate treatment plan.
What can I expect from a breast MRI scan?
To begin your breast MRI scan, you will lie down on the procedure table. You will slowly enter the open-bore MRI machine, which is designed to maximize patient comfort with its spacious design. You will be able to talk to one of our radiologists through a built-in speaker within the MRI scan. Prior to the start of your breast MRI, you may receive a contrast dye or fluid that will help our radiologists be able to better visualize your breast MRI scan results. We encourage you to bring your own music to be played in the exam room the day of your breast MRI for a more relaxing exam. While our MRI machines are spacious and comfortable, some patients may become uncomfortable or anxious about being in a confined space. We value your safety and well-being above all else, so if you begin to feel like you need to exit the machine, you may ask one of our radiologists through the speaker to momentarily pause the breast MRI scan.
How long does a breast MRI scan take, and when will I get my results?
Most breast MRI scans can be completed in thirty minutes, but the length of your breast exam may vary. If you need to pause the breast MRI scan or cannot lie still when an image is taken, some scans may need to be retaken. Additionally, if contrast dye is used during your breast MRI scan, the total length of your breast MRI scan may be up to fifteen minutes longer. Our team of radiologists will immediately begin to analyze and evaluate your breast MRI results. Once your breast MRI results have been evaluated, we will send a report to your physician, who will then discuss your breast exam results with you.
How can I learn more about a breast MRI scan?
Our radiologists at Park Avenue Radiologists would be happy to discuss a breast MRI scan with you. For an appointment or additional information, please call 212.888.1000, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or request an appointment online.