A Breast MRI uses the power of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to screen those who are high-risk for breast cancer. It is also an extremely useful tool in pre-surgical planning and assessment of treatment response.
What are some common uses of a breast MRI?
- Screening in women at high-risk for breast cancer (i.e. BRCA gene, etc.)
- Determining the extent of cancer after a new diagnosis of breast cancer.
- Further evaluating hard-to-assess abnormalities seen on mammography.
- Evaluating lumpectomy sites in the years following breast cancer treatment.
- Evaluating breast implants to determine if silicone implants have ruptured.
Preparation and what to expect during the procedure:
- Breast MRI is covered by Medicare, however, please check with your insurance provider or contact us prior to your appointment to see if this exam is covered under your plan.
- The ideal time to schedule your exam is after the 10th day following the first day of your menstrual cycle.
- No food or drink (except water) 2 hours prior to your exam. It is important for you to stay hydrated on the day of your exam.
- No dusting powder or deodorant.
- No hormones for one month (may not apply to all patients – please talk to your healthcare provider or RDC).
- Remove all jewelry and piercings prior to exam.
- You will be properly screened by our trained MRI staff prior to your appointment.