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MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Fairfax Radiology is proud to offer Breast MRI as one of the latest tools for the diagnosis and management of breast cancer. It is a highly sensitive, noninvasive test and may be performed as a complement to Mammography and Ultrasound when a physician needs more information than other imaging studies can provide. A Breast MRI is a particularly powerful tool for screening women in certain high-risk categories.
At Fairfax Radiology, our precisely focused, high-resolution images offer a more accurate diagnosis, which leads to a more customized treatment plan. Our faster MRI scanning capability means less time in the scanner for our patients.
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 can detect cancers that cannot be seen by Mammography or Ultrasound.
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 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 30 minutes.