Breast MRI

Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to generate images of the breast. Breast MRI is not a replacement for mammograms, but is used in conjunction with mammograms to further detect and evaluate possible breast cancer. MRI is especially valuable in determining the extent, size and location of cancer. It is also the most sensitive method for evaluating breast implants. Women at high risk for breast cancer, particularly those who have a known BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, may benefit from routine annual breast MRI exams.

Breast MRI exams are available at the following Advanced Radiology locations

Call to Schedule: 203-337-XRAY (9729)

Fairfield – 1055 Post Road
Stamford – 1259 East Main Street
Trumbull – 15 Corporate Drive
Wilton – 30 Danbury Road


A breast MRI is non-invasive, pain-free, and usually takes about 30 minutes. During a breast exam, you will lie on your stomach with breasts positioned in a recessed area. As with any MRI, it is important to remain as still and quiet as possible for the best images.

Do not use deodorant, antiperspirant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of the exam. Otherwise, no preparation is required.

This basic guide to breast imaging can answer your questons regarding:

  • Screening vs. Diagnostic Mammography
  • Insurance – Covered vs. Paid For
  • What if I Get Called Back?
  • Other Breast Imaging Modalities
  • Cancer Risk
  • Local Breast Surgeons


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