RMN Mamar (magnetic resonance imaging) uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the breast tissue. It does not use radiation (x-rays).
During the exam, you will lie on a padded table with cushioned openings for your breasts that slide into a large tunnel-like machine. A technologist will be present to monitor you and help you if needed. You may be given earplugs or a headset to block out the clicking noise of the scanner. Some headsets let you listen to music during the test.
You can expect the MRI procedure to last 30 to 60 minutes. During this time, you will need to remain very still to get the best images possible. The test is painless. But you might feel uncomfortable lying still for this long, especially if you are claustrophobic (afraid of being in small spaces). If so, tell your doctor. They can help ease your fears, and they might be able to give you medicine that will make the experience more comfortable for you.
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When you are finished, the table will slide out of the machine and you will be helped off the table. If a contrast dye is used, an intravenous (IV) line will be started in a vein in your hand or arm. The dye helps to highlight abnormal areas on the MRI images.
MRI can identify many kinds of cancer in the breast. It can also show how far a cancer has spread within the breast, called its “multicentricity.” Knowing whether a cancer is multicentric or limited to one area might help your surgeon and oncologist decide what treatment you need.