MRI Scan Without and With Dye - Both Breasts

This test uses magnets and radio waves to make detailed images of the structures in your breasts.

This test uses magnets and radio waves to make detailed images of the structures in your breasts.

A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan of the breasts uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the structures in your breasts. Among the reasons your healthcare provider may order an MRI scan of your breasts include:

  • You are at particularly high risk for breast cancer
  • Your breasts are very dense
  • You have an implant that may have ruptured
  • You have a history of precancerous changes in your breasts. An MRI may also be ordered to provide more information about a previously diagnosed breast cancer.

Mammography remains the most recommended imaging study to screen for breast cancer. If you are at high risk for breast cancer, an MRI scan of your breasts may be recommended.

MRI machines use powerful magnets, so tell your health care provider if you have any metal or medical devices in your body.

  • You must lie still during the exam, because moving could blur the images.
  • You will be given a contrast dye through a line in a vein in your arm or hand. The dye may cause you to feel flushed or to have a bad taste in your mouth for a short time.
  • If you are pregnant and your health care provider feels an MRI would give helpful information, he or she may order this test. Be sure to talk about the benefits and risks of the test with your health care provider.
  • An MRI can take up to an hour, but newer machines may be much faster.

The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.

What should I ask my health care provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • What is my diagnosis and the reason for the test? Are the test results likely to change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?
  • Are there any less expensive, but effective, alternatives to my getting this test?

Remind your health care provider if there are any metal(s) or medical device(s) in your body.


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MRI Scan Without and With Dye - Both Breasts
MRI Scan
MRI Breast
Breast Scan
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