An MRI exam typically lasts 30+ minutes and is completed by lying on your stomach on the scanning table. The breasts are suspended in a cushioned depression in the scanning table. You will be asked to lie still for the duration of the test. A breast MRI generates approximately 2,500 images, which may require a significant amount of time for the doctor to interpret the results of each image.
All MRI studies at Mercy are interpreted in conjunction with your recent mammography and breast ultrasound studies. MRI is not highly specific. This means that the MRI can show areas of abnormal enhancement which are benign (not cancer). Additional imaging such as diagnostic mammography, ultrasound and sometimes biopsy may be required to determine if a finding on the MRI is cancerous or benign.