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Professional Radiology and Outpatient Imaging Services

Procedure Prep - Breast MRI

What information will I need to provide before my breast MRI is scheduled?

A breast MRI should be scheduled 1-2 weeks after your menstrual cycle. If your previous mammogram or breast ultrasound was not done at one of our locations, you will be asked to contact your former provider and request that your exam be sent to Midwest Radiology for a comparison study. At the time of your appointment, you will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire that will assist the technologist in assuring that the highest quality exam is performed. Please make sure your physician and the technologist performing your exam know if you have a pacemaker, prosthesis, aneurysm clips, metal implants or other metal objects in your body. If you know you have had metal in your eyes, please inform us, as you may require an additional study prior to your MRI.

What should I bring to my appointment?

  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete registration.
  • Bring your insurance card and a valid photo ID.

Your insurance company will be billed for the procedure. You will receive a bill for any co-pay or non-covered expenses.

Is there any preparation on my part prior to my breast MRI?

You will be asked to change into a cloth gown or robe. Lockers are available to store your personal belongings.

Is a breast MRI painful?

The procedure is painless. You will hear a knocking sound as each series of images is taken.

How long will my examination last?

Most exams will last 30-45 minutes.

May I move during the examination?

It is important to remain as still as possible while images are acquired.

How will I receive my breast MRI results?

A breast imaging radiologist (a physician who specializes in interpreting breast imaging exams) will study the images from your examination and send a report to your physician. All of our radiologists are certified by the American Board of Radiology.