MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy

Important Things to Know About MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Guided Breast Biopsy is less invasive than surgical biopsy and only requires local anesthetic to numb the biopsy site. The radiologist will remove a tissue sample under MRI guidance to be analyzed to determine if the growth is benign or cancerous.

Patient Instructions

Arrive thirty minutes early to complete paperwork. Inform your referring physician if you have ever experienced claustrophobia. If necessary, your doctor can prescribe a mild sedative before your appointment. If you receive medication, bring someone to drive you home.

  • If you take aspirin or another blood thinner, let us know ahead of time. You may be advised to stop three days befor ethe procedure.
  • Wear a bra to your appointment. After the procedure, you may receive a cold pack to hold against the biopsy site.
  • You may want to have a relative or friend come with you to lend support and drive you home.

Additional Patient Instructions

  • Contact us to find out if you have any restrictions on what you can eat and drink before your appointment.
  • Take your regular medications prior to your exam.
  • Bring your insurance information, as well as any applicable diagnostic films.
  • Leave valuables at home. No metal objects can be worn during your scan (such as watches, jewelry, keys or cell phone).
  • You may be asked to wear a hospital gown or your own clothing if there are no metal snaps or zippers.

Notify our staff in advance if you:

  • Have implanted devices
  • Have any serious health problems
  • Have had any surgery within the last eight weeks
  • Have ever had surgery on your brain, ears, eyes, or heart
  • Have metal in your eyes, or work with metals
  • Have a bone or joint replacement or any prosthesis
  • Are or may be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Weigh more than 350 pounds