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Abbreviated breast MRI is commonly used as a supplemental screening in addition to mammogram for women with dense breast tissue. Unlike mammography, MRI imaging is not affected by dense breast tissue, making it very effective in finding cancer in dense breasts.
Abbreviated breast MRI differs from full breast MRI in that it is shorter in length (3 minutes of scan time as opposed to 20 minutes) and less expensive but still offers exceptional detail.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast is a noninvasive test that is recommended to find and diagnose breast disease. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses, and a computer to produce detailed images of body structure. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (X-rays). Radiologists examine these detailed images to evaluate features of the breast. MRI images can be examined on a computer monitor and transmitted electronically.
Abbreviated breast MRI detects cancer differently than ultrasound or mammography, which rely on physical changes in the structure of the breast. Abbreviated breast MRI detects cancer based on inflammation or blood supply changes caused by tumors.
Since MRI uses a very strong magnet, any implanted medical device may be affected, so be sure to tell your technologist about any device in your body. In general, metallic orthopedic implants are not affected by MRI, but tell your provider and ARA scheduler about any implant you have before scheduling the exam. Your implant or device may come with a special information card that you should show to the radiology technologist.
Some implants are not compatible with MRI scanners. Do not enter any MRI scanning area if you have any of the following implants:
Other implants that should be brought to the technologist’s attention before entering the MRI scanning area are:
Also, if you have any other metal in your body (shrapnel, bullets, needles, etc.) you should notify your scheduler or technologist. Metal in or near the eye is especially dangerous since movement of the metal during the procedure could lead to eye damage. Dental fillings and braces usually are not affected by the magnetic field, but they may distort images taken of the head or face.
To schedule, please call our scheduling team at (512) 453-6100 or toll free at (800) 998-8214. A provider referral is required to make an appointment.
A radiologist, a physician specifically trained to interpret radiological examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to the provider who referred you to ARA. The physician will then share the results with you. Your report will also be available on the patient portal within 3 business days of your exam.
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