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Breast MRI

Breast MRI uses Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to produce detailed, cross sectional images of the inside of the breast but does not replace mammography. Each exam produces hundreds of cross-sectional images of the breast that are then read by a radiologist. Breast MRI is used to examine suspicious areas found with a mammogram or to look more closely at the breast tissue in someone who has already been diagnosed with breast cancer. MRI exams for breast imaging use a contrast material that is injected into a vein of the arm during the exam. This improves the ability of the MRI to clearly show breast tissue details.

MRI provides additional valuable information for the detection and characterization of breast disease. In the event the MRI results are positive or suspicious for cancer, the positive findings will be evaluated to confirm that cancer is present, which may mean returning to Silver Cross for further tests and/or a biopsy.

During the breast MRI exam, you will lie inside the MRI Scanner, face down, on a table specially designed for the procedure for approximately one hour. The table has openings for each breast that allow them to be imaged without being compressed. The table contains the sensors needed to capture the MRI image. It is important to stay very still throughout the exam.

Breast MRIs are performed in the Silver Cross Hospital Imaging Department. A physician’s order is required. To schedule an appointment call (815) 300-7076.

Breast MRI Accreditation
Silver Cross Hospital’s MRI Scanner received a 3-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR)  for the Accreditation of MRI Breast Imaging.

Breast MRI Instructions

  • Breast MRI must be scheduled between 7 and 14 days after the first day of your menstrual cycle.
  • A recent mammography must be completed within the last thirty days.
  • You need to bring any outside films such as a mammogram or ultrasound and reports with you including any pathology reports from previous biopsies or breast surgery.

If you have any metal fragments or implants such as a pacemaker in your body or you have a fear of confined spaces, please inform the scheduler or technologist prior to your appointment.