Breast MRI

Important Things to Know About Breast MRI and Fast Breast MRI

Breast MRI is a type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A breast MRI is a powerful diagnostic tool that can detect very small cancers that mammograms or ultrasounds may overlook.

FAST Breast MRI is an innovative, radiation-free screening for breast cancer. While full conventional breast MRI is used to screen women at a high risk for developing breast cancer, FAST MRI is tailored for women with dense breast tissue who do not meet the lifetime breast cancer risk assessment level for a full MRI study. If you have been deemed lower risk but desire a deeper look into your breast health, supplemental screening may benefit you.

During a Breast MRI, you lie on a cushioned table that moves into the scanner. Halfway through your scan, an injected contrast agent will be used to add contrast to your images for comparison. These contrast agents rarely cause allergic reactions

Patient Instructions

Arrive thirty minutes early to complete paperwork. Inform your referring physician if you have ever experienced claustrophobia. If necessary, your doctor can prescribe a mild sedative before your appointment. If you receive medication, bring someone to drive you home.

  • Contact us to find out if you have any restrictions on what you can eat and drink before your appointment.
  • Take your regular medications prior to your exam.
  • Bring your insurance information, as well as any applicable diagnostic films.
  • Leave valuables at home. No metal objects can be worn during your scan (such as watches, jewelry, keys, or cell phone).
  • You may be asked to wear a hospital gown or your own clothing if there are no metal snaps or zippers.

Notify our staff in advance if you:

  • Have implanted devices
  • Have any serious health problems
  • Have had any surgery within the last eight weeks
  • Have ever had surgery on your brain, ears, eyes, or heart
  • Have metal in your eyes, or work with metals
  • Have a bone or joint replacement or any prosthesis
  • Are or may be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Weigh more than 350 pounds

Once your scan is complete, you may resume normal activities and diet. If you had a contrast injection, the technologist will give you additional instructions in case of discomfort or delayed reaction.