Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests use powerful magnetic field and radio frequency pulses to produce detailed images of the body. An MRI can offer valuable information about the health of the breast that cannot be obtained with other diagnostic imaging options.
A breast MRI is not a replacement for a mammography or ultrasound imaging, but as a supplemental tool that may be used when:
- • Screening high risk patients
- • Determining the extent of cancer after diagnosis
- • Evaluating hard-to-assess abnormalities seen in mammography
- • Monitoring the treatments of breast cancer, such as a lumpectomy or chemotherapy
- • Examining breast implants for ruptures or bulges
How do I prepare for this exam?
For most women, you need only wear loose fitting clothing with no metal fasteners, or you will be provided with a medical gown during the procedure. You will be asked to removed all metal jewelry, as well, so you may want to leave that at home too. Unless you have receive special instructions, you may follow your normal daily routines.
For best results, CDI Miami will only perform a Breast MRI between the 7th and 14th day of a women’s menstrual cycle.
Special Cases that Require Extra Preparation
- • Tell your technologies is you have an electronic medical device or metal implant so that the proper precautions can be taken.
- • Patients 60+ should fax or bring blood work results for blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and Creatine (your physicians should give you the prescription for the blood work).
- • Women who are currently on hormone replacement therapy need to be out of their treatment for at least three months before they can have a Breast MRI. *Check with your physician before stopping any hormone replacement therapy or any treatment.
What should I expect during the exam?
MRIs are almost universally painless. Some patients are discomforted by the enclosed space, having so stay still, and rarely, by reaction to the contrast material. (Please let your technician know if you have a history of allergies to iodine or medical contrast materials). Almost all MRIs require that a contrast material be injected intravenously after an initial series of scans.
During the scans the Technologist will ask that you remain still for the length of the session. Each scanning session can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour.
What should I expect after the exam?
All of our diagnostic examinations are interpreted by Board-Certified Radiologists. The result of your Breast MRI will be sent to your referring physician as soon as it interpreted. It is the patients´ responsibility to contact their referring physician to discuss the results of their examination and ask for further recommendations.