Breast MRI Preparation

Patient Resource Coordinator will contact you to discuss preparation instructions for your specific exam including any liquid or food intake restrictions.

Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the exam.


Before your Breast MRI, the technologist will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have about the exam. 

An intravenous line (IV) will be placed in your arm or hand to administer a contrast agent.  Contrast helps to visualize possible abnormalities in breast tissue.  The IV is removed at the end of your exam. 

  • Screening: To ensure your safety, you will be asked to complete a MRI Patient Screening Form at the time of registration or to bring the completed form with you to your appointment.
  • Clothing:  You will be asked to change into a gown and scrub pants for the exam.  Wear something lightweight and comfortable that is easy to take on and off.  A locker will be provided to store your clothing during your exam. You should NOT wear deodorant on the day of the exam.
  • Medication & Diet:  You may continue to take any routine medications prescribed by your physician and there are no dietary restrictions unless you are scheduled to receive medication for claustrophobia or pain.
  • Jewelry:  You may leave on your wedding rings but all other jewelry will need to be removed.
  • Hair products/accessories:  Any hair clips, ties, pins or weaves that are made of metal or have metal parts on them must be removed.
  • Make-up:  Because some make-up is made with a metallic base, it is best not to wear make up the day of your appointment.
  • Dental devices:  If you wear dentures, or partial dental plates, you will be asked to remove them before the exam.

Length of exam (time in the machine):  This exam will take approximately 45 minutes to image both breasts.  During the exam it is important to remain still to produce the best quality images.  Movement during the exam may result in the need to repeat the entire exam at another time.


Extra consideration must be given if you have any of the conditions listed below.  We will work with you to make sure that you are scheduled appropriately.

  • Implanted Medical Devices: Patients who have implanted medical devices such as cochlear implants, aneurysm clips, artificial heart valves or stints, insulin pumps and defibrillators may not be able to be scheduled for an MRI.  A proper investigation of the implant will need to be performed by the MRI staff prior to scheduling the patient's appointment.
  • History of Eye Injury: Patients who have ever had an injury to their eye or face with metal or metal shavings, or have ever been shot with a gun.
  • Pacemakers: Because we use a strong magnet in the MRI, we must carefully screen patients who have pacemakers.  If you have a pacemaker and have been scheduled to have an MRI exam, please contact us immediately.
  • Contrast Allergy: If you have a known allergy to a contrast dye agent, please  contact us right away.  Patients with a known contrast allergy can have their exams performed at the UVA Medical Center.

If you have any questions about how to prepare for your exam, please call us Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm at (434) 982-6600 or toll free at (855) 875-7764.

Exam Preparation

Patient Resource Coordinator will contact you 3-4 days prior to your scheduled appointment to discuss the preparation instructions for your specifc exam.

If you have any questions about how to prepare for your exam, please call us Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm at (434) 982-6600 or toll free at (855) 875-7764.