Important Things to Know About MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Guided Breast Biopsy is less invasive than surgical biopsy and only requires local anesthetic to numb the biopsy site. The radiologist will remove a tissue sample under MRI guidance to be analyzed to determine if the growth is benign or cancerous.
MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy Patient Instructions:
Arrive 15 minutes early to complete paperwork. Inform your referring physician if you have ever experienced claustrophobia. If necessary, your doctor can prescribe a mild sedative before your appointment. If you receive medication, bring someone to drive you home.
- If you take aspirin or another blood thinner, let us know ahead of time. You may be advised to stop three days before the procedure.
- Wear a bra to your appointment. After the procedure, you may receive a cold pack to hold against the biopsy site.
- You may want to have a relative or friend come with you to lend support and drive you home.
Additional Patient Instructions
- Contact us to find out if you have any restrictions on what you can eat and drink before your appointment.
- Take your regular medications prior to your exam.
- Bring your insurance information, as well as any applicable diagnostic films.
- Leave valuables at home. No metal objects can be worn during your scan (such as watches, jewelry, keys or cell phone).
- You may be asked to wear a hospital gown or your own clothing if there are no metal snaps or zippers.
Notify our staff in advance if you:
- Have implanted devices
- Have any serious health problems
- Have had any surgery within the last eight weeks
- Have ever had surgery on your brain, ears, eyes or heart
- Have metal in your eyes, or work with metals
- Have a bone or joint replacement or any prosthesis
- Are or may be pregnant or breastfeeding
- Weigh more than 300 pounds