Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Breast

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Breast

This scan uses magnetic radio waves to produce detailed pictures of the inside of the breast. This allows the surgeon to further evaluate the breast. You will lie face down on the couch with your breasts placed into cups in the couch. Half way through the procedure a dye may be injected into a vein to further enhance the images. The Radiographer will ask if you have any allergies, relevant medical history, pregnant or have any metal or electronic devices in your body.

Only the breast tissue is looked at during the scan, no other parts of the body are scanned. This scan is painless, but some patients find it uncomfortable.This procedure could take up to one hour. 

This test is extremely sensitive and it is not uncommon to be recalled within a few days of the scan to have further imaging with ultrasound to compliment the findings. Biopsies of enhanced areas may also be taken during follow-up ultrasound. Following the scan your Consultant will discuss the results - usually within a few days or one week if you have had further biopsies.
 

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