Breast MRI

MRI uses magnetic fields to make images of the inside of the body. A computer produces two- and three-dimensional pictures. MRI of the breast uses an MRI to evaluate breast tissue.

  • Call Your Doctor


    After the test, call your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Worsening of your symptoms
    • Any allergic or abnormal symptoms, like a rash or swelling if you were injected with contrast dye

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    MRI
    uses magnetic fields to make images of the inside of the body. A computer produces two- and three-dimensional pictures. MRI of the breast uses an MRI to evaluate breast tissue.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Test


    Breast MRI can be used to:

    • Evaluate breast abnormalities seen on mammography
    • Identify breast abnormalities in women (and in some cases, men) with dense breast tissue, implants, or scar tissue

    • Examine
      breast implants
    • Examine scar tissue

    • Evaluate the progress of
      breast cancer
      treatment
    • Identify cysts or enlarged breast ducts
    • Examine lymph nodes near the breast
    Breast Cysts
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  • Possible Complications

    MRIs can be harmful if you have metal inside your body such as joint replacements or pacemaker. Make sure your doctor knows of any internal metal before the test. Some may also have an allergic reaction to the contrast dye. Talk to your doctor about any allergies you have or if you have liver or kidney problems. These may make it difficult for your body to get rid of the contrast.

    If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, talk to your doctor before the MRI scan about whether an MRI scan is right for you.