Is there any preparation?
No preparation is necessary. We do ask that you bring in your most recent mammography/ ultrasound films at the time of your exam. Patients, who have had their prior exams done at the ACC and have not signed out their films, need not worry about this. Arrangements will be made to have these films at the time of your exam.
Please be aware of any insurance and/or referral requirements prior to your appointment.
Please note that following an MRI study of the Breast, that it may be necessary to have additional mammographic images or a repeat ultrasound to better locate a finding or findings. This may occur even if you have recently had a mammogram or ultrasound at this institution or an outside institution.
When applicable, please schedule your exam between days 6 and 17 of the menstrual cycle (day one is the 1st day of menses), otherwise there may be excessive enhancement of normal breast glandular tissue. This may require a callback for re-evaluation.
Why do I have to be injected with contrast ?
Contrast enables the radiologist to see the vascularization (numbers of vessels) of lesions and is essentially to evaluate whether lesions exist and whether they need further evaluation.
Who do I call to schedule a Breast MRI ?
To schedule: 1-973-322-7888
For technical questions: 1-973-322-7827
The Breast MRI Supervisor: 1-973-322-7859
Has Saint Barnabas been recognized for it expertise in Breast MRI ?
Yes, and in early 2002, the Imaging Center at the ACC was chosen by Philips Medical Systems, a world leader in MRI technology, to showcase their latest breast MRI technology. Saint Barnabas is one of 5 sites worldwide and the only site in the US to offer this sophisticated technology.
The radiologists at Saint Barnabas also host a Breast MRI course to help train other physicians to evaluate breast MRI exams and perform MRI guided needle localizations.
We have been featured in multiple newsmagazines and trade papers for our outstanding Breast MR program. We have also been chosen to run a research program to test Magnetic Resonance Elastography (MRE) a new and exciting addition to Breast MRI, which may some day help better characterize breast lesions, helping women in the future.
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