Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Breast
What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
- Pregnancy. An MRI test usually is not done during pregnancy. If you are pregnant, an ultrasound test may be done instead.
- Medical devices that have metal, such as a Reference pacemaker Opens New Window or an Reference ICD Opens New Window. These devices may not function properly or can cause problems during an MRI scan.
- Other types of metal, such as surgical clips. If these will interfere with a breast MRI, the test will not be done.
- Inability to remain still during the test.
- Being very overweight. This may affect your ability to fit into the opening of some standard MRI machines.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 8, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology