Abbreviated Breast MRI & Breast MRI

What is an Abbreviated Breast MRI?

Abbreviated Breast MRI is an adjunct exam to screening mammography. This service is an extension of CRL Women’s Imaging and performed at our CRL Imaging Plymouth location. It takes about 15 minutes, one-third of the time when compared to a standard Breast MRI.

Benefits for Patients

  • Excellent scan for detecting early stages of breast cancer
  • No Radiation
  • Supplemental to mammography
  • Short scan time
  • No referrals needed
  • Online appointments available HERE

Benefits for Providers

  • Excellent scan for those with dense breast tissue
  • Out of Pocket Cost – Call for Quote
  • Easy referrals using our online referral form HERE

Who should have an Abbreviated Breast MRI?

It is ideal for women who have had a normal or benign mammogram in the last 12 months. It is an excellent tool for detecting breast cancer, especially in patients with dense breast tissue (found on your screening mammography results letter). While insurance does not currently cover this exam, CRL offers it at a reduced out of pocket cost. This service is an extension of CRL Women’s Imaging. The MRI is performed at our CRL Imaging Plymouth location.

How should I prepare for the exam?

Please arrive 15-30 minutes before your exam to complete our MRI questionnaire. You will be asked to change into a gown and remove all metal objects such as jewelry, hairpins, glasses and dentures. Your technologist will review the questionnaire with you and discuss any questions or concerns. If you are claustrophobic, it is recommended to consult your primary care provider for a prescription to be taken prior to your exam.

During the exam

The technologist will escort you to the exam room, and an IV will be started. You will lie on your abdomen on a cushioned platform. Your arms will either be placed by your side or extended above your head. Once you are positioned, the platform will then move into a tube-like area open on both ends. After initial images are obtained, contrast (gadolinium) will be given through your IV, and additional images will be taken.

Follow-up

A dedicated breast imaging radiologist will interpret your MRI and the results will be available to you and your primary care provider. If you were given a prescription for claustrophobia, a driver is required to take you home.

What is a Breast MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a safe and accurate medical imaging technique, which uses a magnetic field and radio waves instead of X-Rays to create detailed images of the soft tissues of the body.  Breast MRI may be used as an additional tool to aid in the diagnosis and evaluation of breast disease.  Breast MRI screening is appropriate and beneficial for a small group of patients, however, it does not replace mammography. This service is an extension of CRL Women’s Imaging and performed at our CRL Imaging Plymouth location.

Preparation

No special preparation is required. You will be asked to change into a gown and remove all metal objects such as jewelry, hairpins, glasses and dentures.  Please tell the technologist if you have any metal in your body such as a pacemaker, permanent dental bridges or braces, or if you are pregnant or nursing.

During the exam

The technologist will review a series of questions prior to your exam; an IV will then be started.  You will lie on your stomach on the exam table with your arms by your side.  Your breasts will be put in a hollow pad so they are suspended away from your body. You will be moved into a tube-like area, which is open on both ends.  After initial images are obtained, an injection of contrast (gadolinium) will be given through your IV and additional pictures will be taken.  The entire exam takes approximately 45 minutes.

Follow-up

After your MRI you may return to your normal activities.  A radiologist will interpret your MRI and the results will be sent to your referring physician. Your referring physician will contact you with results.