Breast MRI With and Without IV Contrast

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) helps doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures.

Procedure

  • You will be asked to change into a gown.
  • The technologist will start an intravenous (IV) line in your arm.
  • You will be positioned on your stomach on a moveable examination table.
  • You will be given earplugs to reduce the noise of the scanner.
  • You will be asked to remain still during the exam.
  • The moveable table will slide into the MRI scanner.
  • Part way through the exam, the technologist will give you an injection of contrast material in a vein in your arm, and they will let you know when you will start feeling this.
  • You may feel a cooling sensation in your arm from the injection.
  • The technologist will then run additional scans to complete your exam.

Preparation

  • Leave all valuables at home.
  • Patients 55 years or older and patients with a history of diabetes and/or renal disease require additional blood work including Creatinine within 3 months of procedure.
  • For Wyandotte patients only: Patients 60 years or older and patients with a history of diabetes and/or renal disease require additional blood work including Creatinine within 1 month of procedure.
  • If your MRI is with contrast and you possess an inhaler/nebulizer, bring the inhaler/nebulizer.
  • You may follow your regular daily routine and take medications as usual.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with a prescription if your doctor has given one to you, insurance card, identification and a list of your current medications.
  • You must bring any previous breast imaging if done at another facility.
  • Exam must be scheduled 7 to 14 days after the first day of your menstrual cycle unless you are post menopausal.
  • Bring product ID card for any implantable devices.

Considerations

  • The only cardiac pacemaker allowed for a MRI is the SureScan Pacing System by Metronic. If you have any other defibrillator or cardiac pacemaker, you cannot have the MRI.
  • If you have metallic or electronic devised implanted in your body, you must have documentation stating what they are.
  • Please note that this exam has weight restrictions.
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