Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
What is Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging?
A magnetic resonance image (MRI) provides a look inside your body without radiation or surgery. MRI uses a strong magnet and radio waves to produce computerized pictures. These images will help your doctor/ nurse practitioner make a diagnosis and plan your treatment.
How to Prepare
- Do not eat or drink anything 4 hours prior to the exam.
- Please tell your doctor if you have a pacemaker, think you maybe pregnant, or are claustrophobic.
- Also, tell us if you have surgical clips, prosthesis or any metal objects that could affect your exam.
- We will ask you to remove hearing aids, dentures, jewelry and hairpins. You will also need to empty all of your pockets. A locked area is available to store your valuables during the MRI.
What to Expect
You will lie on your stomach, with your arms at your sides or above your head. The table will slide very smoothly into the magnet opening. You will not feel anything as the machine scans, but you will hear a loud banging noise. You can talk to the staff through an intercom and wear earplugs or listen to music. The procedure usually takes 45 minutes.
Your doctor/nurse practitioner should receive the results of your MRI in three to five days. Call your doctor if you have not received your results.