Breast MRI Prep
Our Patient Resource Coordinators will contact you 3-4 days prior to your appointment to discuss the preparation instructions for your specific exam. We will inform you if your liquid or food intake will be restricted for a certain number of hours prior to your 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. The contrast will help to clearly visualize breast tissue detail and the detection of possible abnormalities. The IV will be removed at the end of your exam.
To ensure your safety, you will be asked to complete a MRI Patient Screening Form at the time of registration or complete the form and bring it with you to your appointment.
- Clothing: You will be asked to change into a gown and scrub pants for your 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): Your Breast MRI will take approximately 45 minutes to image both breasts. During this time, it is very important that you remain completely still to produce the best quality images. Any 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Contact Us: If you have any questions about how to prepare for your exam, please call us Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm at 855-875-7764 or 434-982-6600.