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Fast Breast MRI


What is a Fast Breast MRI?

A Fast Breast MRI is an abbreviated version of a traditional Breast MRI, which means fewer images are captured resulting in a shorter time frame for the exam.

This is a screening exam that is available to all patients, and it is a valuable supplement to mammography for patients who are above-average risk. Your Element Medical Imaging radiologist may recommend a Fast Breast MRI after interpreting the findings of your screening mammogram.

This self-pay exam requires a physician referral, and the cost is only $450.00.

What to expect the day of the exam

The entire appointment will take about 30 minutes. This exam should be scheduled 7-10 days after the start of your menstrual cycle. Correct timing is important to minimize false positive findings that can occur due to hormonal influence on the breast tissue. A Fast Breast MRI does not require your breasts to be compressed, so you should not experience discomfort.

When you arrive, you will be asked to complete paperwork regarding your history and symptoms. We will escort you into a private dressing room where you can change into a gown and remove all jewelry, since these items contain metal, which disturbs MRI signals. A female technologist will position you for the scan. During the exam, you will lie on your stomach with your arms up over your head, and you will enter the machine headfirst. Avoid eating a large meal prior to the exam. Most patients receive an injection of contrast material called gadolinium during the exam through an intravenous injection.

You will be asked to lie very still, relax and breathe normally. There are typically no side effects during or after MRI, so you can resume normal activities as soon as your exam is over. It is very important that any prior breast films (mammograms, ultrasound or MRI) be made available to the radiologist for comparison during the interpretation of your MRI scan. If you have had these at a facility other than Element Medical Imaging please bring them with you on the day of your appointment. If you have any of the items listed below, please call 913.469.8998 so we can make arrangements for you before your appointment. Many of these items are contraindications to having an MRI as they are not compatible with the magnetic field present around all MRI machines.

  • Cardiac pacemaker
  • Artificial heart valve prostheses
  • Aneurysm clips
  • Eye implants or metal ear implants or any metal implants activated electronically, magnetically or mechanically.
  • Copper 7 IUD
  • Shrapnel or non-removed bullet
  • Pregnancy
  • Weight over 350 lbs.
  • Claustrophobia
  • Any metal puncture(s) or fragment(s) in eye