Who should have a Breast MRI?
American Cancer Society guidelines indicate Breast MRI for a number of reasons:
Women with a strong family history
A follow up to positive mammogram and/or ultrasound
Someone recently diagnosed for pre-surgical planning
Staging for someone diagnosed with breast cancer
What are the advantages of Breast MRI?
Breast MRI can often detect abnormalities that cannot be seen with conventional mammography or ultrasound. A breast MRI is used as a follow up study to mammography or ultrasound and is not used as a replacement. Better detection leads to the best possible treatment and outcomes.
What if I'm claustrophobic or anxious about the test?
Most people tolerate the MRI without difficulty. The new technology provides for a larger bore, making it appear more spacious. If anxious, please contact your physician for a sedative prior to the test. If you take a sedative, someone will need to be with you to drive you home. Keep in mind a MRI technologist will also call you prior to the appointment and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Is the procedure uncomfortable?
Although experiences vary from person to person, most people tolerate the MRI very well. If you have concerns prior to your test, please contact us and we will work to make you as comfortable as possible.