radiologist may discuss the results of the MRI with
you right after the test. Complete results are usually available to your doctor
in 1 to 2 days.
An MRI scan can sometimes find a problem in a
breast, even when the size and shape of the breast looks normal.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast
The breast tissue looks normal in size,
shape, and appearance.
No solid masses are present.
A breast implant is intact.
No signs of inflammation or infection are
Solid masses are
Signs of infection or inflammation are
A breast implant is ruptured.
Underarm lymph nodes do not look
What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to
have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
Pregnancy. An MRI test usually is not done
during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, an ultrasound test may be done
Medical devices that have metal, such as a
pacemaker or an
ICD. These devices may not function properly or can
cause problems during an MRI scan.
Other types of metal, such as
surgical clips. If these will interfere with a breast MRI, the test will not be
Inability to remain still during the
Being very overweight. This may affect your ability to fit
into the opening of some standard MRI machines.
What To Think About
Abnormal findings on a breast MRI often are not cancer. If the
MRI has an abnormal result, your doctor will do other testing to find out if
the problem is serious. This may involve doing an ultrasound test or a
biopsy, or both.
Sometimes your MRI test
results may be different because you were tested at a different medical center
or earlier test results are not available to compare to the new test
is a safe and valuable test for looking at your breast, it is much more costly
than other methods, and it may not be available in your area.