Breast MRI is the most sensitive tool that we have for detecting breast cancer, particularly in patients who are at high-risk. Used in coordination with 3D Mammography, our Radiologists are able to see more tumors at their early stages.
There’s no radiation involved with the MRI, so that’s ideal for a younger patient.
High Risk Patients
Insurance will cover the cost of a Breast MRI, but in order to qualify, you should have a high risk of developing breast cancer. To know whether or not you are at high risk (20% or more chance) of developing breast cancer, ask your primary care doctor about a High Risk Breast Assessment. Some risk factors include:
- Dense Breasts
- You have the hereditary gene mutation BRCA1 or BRCA2
- Number of first-degree relatives with breast cancer
- History of cancer and subsequent radiation treatment
What to Expect from a Breast MRI
During a Breast MRI, patients lay face-down onto a padded table. Your breasts fit inside a hollow space in the table, which contains the MRI “coil.” The table slides into the MRI machine.
After you are positioned, the machine creates a magnetic field around you and radio waves are directed at your body. You won’t feel the radio waves or magnetic field, but the machine does make a loud thumping sound. We have headphones available for your comfort.
The test takes between 15-18 minutes. Your images will be reviewed and analyzed for results available within 24 hours of your MRI.
Are You at High Risk for Breast Cancer?
If you are at high risk for breast cancer (20% or larger) or genetic testing revealed that you have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, you may qualify for a Breast MRI at Singing River Health System. Speak with your provider about ordering a Breast MRI with us. Then, call (228) 809-2355 to schedule your appointment.