Women’s Imaging


What is a breast MRI?

Breast MRI is a type of imaging study that uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed images of breast tissue. Unlike mammography, a breast MRI does not use X-Rays (radiation).

Some of the most common reasons to perform a breast MRI include:

  • To screen people who are at high risk for developing breast cancer because they have a strong family history, carry genes that increase the risk and/or have dense breast tissue. MRI is important because it may detect cancers that mammography or ultrasound can't detect.
  • To evaluate the extent of cancer in people who have a new diagnosis of breast cancer.
  • To evaluate for breast implant ruptures. (Does not require an injection of MRI contrast)

During your test

  • The average breast MRI lasts 30.45 minutes (plus 30 minutes prep time)
  • You will lie on the MRI table face down with your breasts positioned inside a special imaging coil
  • You will be given hearing protection due to the noise that the machine produces.
  • You will be able to select music to listen to during Your test.
  • You will be asked to change into a hospital gown.
  • You must remove all metal + electronic devices before entering the MRI room.
  • You will be given an injection of contrast through an intravenous (IV) line.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 317.421.5678.

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