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Breast MRI is done at Longtown Imaging, which is located inside NMMC's Longtown Medical Park, 4381 S. Eason Blvd., Tupelo. Results are interpreted by radiologists at the Breast Care Center.
Yes. A breast MRI does not take the place of your annual mammogram. Even if you have a normal breast MRI, you should still continue to have an annual mammogram.
NMMC uses a system that images both breasts at the same time, and the exam typically takes 30 to 45 minutes. After changing into a comfortable gown, a small IV will be inserted into your arm. You will lie face down on a table, where the breasts are positioned into cup-like indentations on the table. The table is then moved into the MRI machine.
You will need to lie very still as images are taken. About halfway through the exam, you will receive a painless injection and then more images are taken.
If you are claustrophobic or anxious about your MRI exam, check with your physician about medication that can make you very comfortable during the exam. However, you will need someone to drive you home.
A breast MRI is not painful; however, you will be lying down on your stomach throughout the exam. Your forehead will be supported, so breathing comfortably will not be an issue. When positioned, the lower half of your body is usually outside the magnet. A pillow will be placed under your lower legs for comfort.
After the exam, the IV will be removed and you will be free to dress and leave. Most often, exam results will be sent to your doctor by the end of the day, or the following morning. Because of the enormous amount of image data, and the need for special computers to analyze it, there are no "stat" or immediate results available.
If you have additional questions concerning breast MRI, call the breast health specialist at the NMMC Breast Care Center at (662) 377-4910.
For more information
or to schedule an appointment for a mammogram,
call the NMMC Breast Care Center at (662) 377-4158 or
1-800-THE DESK (1-800-843-3375).