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You will be asked to change into a gown in our changing area, where you can lock your valuables in a locker.
A technologist will walk you to the MR suite and explain the procedure to you. The coil is the raised portion of the table. The headphones are at the foot of the table. The circular donut is the MRI machine. An contrast agent is required for this study to enhance the images. Therefore, an IV will be placed in your arm. You may feel a cool sensation as the contrast agent is delivered.
You will be asked to lay face down with your breast in a special device known as a coil. The coil is used to improve image quality and is designed to optimize patient care and comfort. The coils we use can be customized for each breast of every patient. A premium headrest enhances your comfort. Your arms will be at your side. We also provide a massage headrest for your comfort.
Breast imaging is very sensitive to motion. Even the slightest movement or position adjustment during the exam may cause inaccurate findings. Therefore it is very important that you make yourself comfortable and lay motionless until the exam is completed.
The scanning table will slide your entire body into the magnet.
During the scan you will not feel anything, but will hear intermittent humming, thumping, clicking, and knocking sounds. Earplugs will be provided to help mask the noise.
In most cases, the imaging physician requests a contrast agent (dye) to improve the quality of the images. The dye is injected into a vein in the arm, and may cause a cool sensation. If the breast MRI is for implant integrity only, then no contrast is needed. For evaluation for possible cancer, contrast is needed.
The technologist is always able to see and hear you during the exam, but we attempt to keep talking to a minimum to reduce the chance of movement, which can blur the images.
After the exam, the IV will be removed from your arm.
The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake, and West Hollywood.