Abbreviated Breast MRI

What is Abbreviated Breast MRI?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Fairfax Radiology is proud to offer Abbreviated Breast MRI as one of the latest screening tools for breast cancer. Abbreviated Breast MRI is the most sensitive exam for breast cancer detection, making it most beneficial for women who have dense breast tissue. While requiring an IV for contrast, this exam has no radiation and no breast compression. It is faster and more affordable than the standard breast MRI without compromising sensitivity. 

The Abbreviated Breast MRI scan is best suited for women with an average to intermediate risk of breast cancer, (<20%). For women that are more high risk for breast cancer (>20%), it is recommended that they are screened with the standard breast MRI.

Common Questions

  • Why would my physician recommend an Abbreviated Breast MRI?

    Your physician may recommend an Abbreviated Breast MRI if you have an average to intermediate risk of breast cancer, (<20%).

  • How is Abbreviated Beast MRI different than an Ultrasound or Mammogram?

    Unlike a Mammogram, which uses X-ray waves or an Ultrasound, which uses sound waves, an MRI uses intravenous contrast, a very strong magnetic field, simple radio waves and a powerful computer to produce detailed images of the breast's soft tissue. An MRI is not limited by dense breast tissue and can detect cancers that cannot be seen by Mammography or Ultrasound.

    Abbreviated breast MRI is a supplemental mammography screening tool for women with dense breasts. Therefore, it does not replace annual screening mammograms.

  • What should I expect during an Abbreviated Breast MRI?

    If this is your first MRI, you may not be sure what to expect. Not to worry, we are here to guide you every step of the way. You will remove all jewelry and change into a gown. You will lie facedown on a special table and will be guided into the MRI scanner feet first, head facing out. You will receive a contrast agent (dye) through an IV in your arm. The MRI machine does generate loud noises as images are captured. All patients are given ear plugs to wear while in the MRI machine. The exam will take approximately 10-12 minutes.

  • What should I expect after an Abbreviated Breast MRI?

    Once the exam is complete, you may resume your normal activity level. Our Radiologist will interpret your study and send the final report to your physician.

  • How do I schedule and Abbreviated Breast MRI with Fairfax Radiology?

    Contact our Scheduling Department for an appointment:
    Phone: 703.698.4488 Monday through Friday 8am to 6pm
    Fax: 703.698.0864
    Or click here to make an appointment request
    Please have your written physician order and your insurance card in hand when making your appointment.

  • Can I bring my children to my imaging appointment?

    All imaging procedures require that only the patient remain in the room during the exam. Because the patient requires our full attention, we cannot provide supervision for any accompanying children. If you wish to bring your children, you must arrange for another adult to supervise your children during your procedure. Families of Obstetrical patients will be allowed in the room for a limited period of time, but only when an adult accompanies the minor children.