What should I expect during a breast MRI?
- Your doctor may order a “breast MRI with contrast.” This means that you would be injected with or asked to swallow a material to make the breast tissue more visible in MRI images.
- If an injected contrast material is needed, an IV may be inserted in your hand or arm prior to test.
- During the exam, you will lie facedown on a special table designed for breast MRI exams. The table includes an opening for the breasts, which better exposes the tissue for scanning at different depths. Your technologist will help position you on the table and help you get as comfortable as possible.
- While the scanner is operating, it is important to lie still. MRI scans usually require more than one “sequence” of images to be taken. Between sequences, your technologist will let you know when you are able to move slightly. Each sequence can take from approximately 2–15 minutes.
- The technologist will need to leave the room briefly to start the imaging sequences, but will remain in visual and verbal communication with you throughout the exam.
- The entire exam should last approximately 15–45 minutes.
How should I prepare for a breast MRI?