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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. These images are viewed on a computer monitor and can be transmitted electronically. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (X-rays). Radiologists use these detailed images to evaluate features of the breast. MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other imaging modalities. Breast MRI uses an intravenous contrast agent that increases the visibility of breast cancer on the MRI image.
Since MRI uses a very strong magnet, any implanted medical device may be affected, so be sure to tell your scheduler and technologist about any device in your body. In general, metallic orthopedic implants are not affected by MRI, but tell your radiologist 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 technician.
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 doctor 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 15 days of finalization.
If you are getting your MRI at ARA and want to know more,...
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