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How many days should I wait to hear results from my breast MRI with contrast? 4/26/13, results faxed 4/29&4/30.

How many days should I wait to hear results from my breast MRI with contrast? 4/26/13, results faxed 4/29&4/30.

Don't wait!: Be a squeaky wheel. The next day, call your doctor or ask to speak to the radiologist. In my practice the studies are usually read the same day and then the referring physician can access the report immediately . This may not be true for the radiology group which has performed your study, but you can probably move your study to the top of the queue just by asking. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Mri Of Breast (Definition)

Breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a test in which a person's breasts are scanned using a strong magnetic field, without x-rays. Breast MRI does not replace breast mammograms or ultrasound scans, but MRI used to verify suspicious findings on mammogram/ultrasound, or to screen very high risk women (with a strong family history of breast cancer), or to look ...Read more


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Breast MRI w/contrast shows somewhat tubular shaped enhancing 1.3cm mass w progressive enhancement but no T2 hyperintense. Can benign not be T2 hyper?

Breast MRI w/contrast shows somewhat tubular shaped enhancing 1.3cm mass w progressive enhancement but no T2 hyperintense. Can benign not be T2 hyper?

Breast mass: This type of highly technical question, in my opinion, can only be answered properly by a radiologist experienced in breast MRI interpretation. In addition I feel that collaboration between the radiologist and a breast surgeon will give you the best advice and care ...Read more

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I'm having breast MRI with contrast . Family history of brac mutation . I have pcos . Worried about being early in pregnancy not knowing is MRI safe?

I'm having breast  MRI with contrast . Family history of brac mutation . I have pcos . Worried about being early in pregnancy not knowing is MRI safe?

Probably safe: There are safety concerns about the effects of both the MRI (heat and noise) and of the contrast on the fetus although probably safe. Also, the test may be useless because even large tumors may be missed on an MRI obtained during pregnancy because of the changes taking place to allow milk production .Better to have a pregnancy test and be sure it is negative before a screening breast mri. ...Read more

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How is a breast MRI typically performed?

How is a breast MRI typically performed?

Face-down: A breast MRI is performed with patients laying on their stomach, allowing gravity to move the breast tissue away from the chest wall through a hole cut out of the table. This is performed with the injection of an intravenous dye to help differentiate benign lumps from cancers. ...Read more

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Already diagnosed w/StageIV IDC. Breast MRI suggests Inflamatory BC. Is that possible?

Already diagnosed w/StageIV IDC. Breast MRI suggests Inflamatory BC. Is that possible?

It is: Anything is possible, but a tissue diagnosis is needed, usually with a biopsy of some sort. If that shows an inflammatory cancer, then chemotherapy and RT is usually recommended first. The waiting is the hardest part, but your doctor has a methodical approach to get the answers. Take a deep breath, hang in there and good luck. ...Read more

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What do hyperintense signals in breast MRI mean?

What do hyperintense signals in breast MRI mean?

There is: not enough info to answer the question, because signal intensity varies depending on what particular MRI sequence is being performed, and whether or not IV contrast is used. For example, a benign breast cyst is hyperintense(bright) on a T2-weighted sequence, and hypointense(dark) on a T1-weighted sequence. A benign fibroadenoma may be hypointense on T1 without contrast, and hyper with contrast. ...Read more

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Had breast MRI and there is a white spot. What could it be?

Had breast MRI and there is a white spot. What could it be?

There is: not enough info to answer the question, because signal intensity varies depending on what particular MRI sequence is being performed, and whether or not IV contrast is used. For example, a benign breast cyst is hyperintense(white) on a T2-weighted sequence, and hypointense(dark) on a T1-weighted sequence. A benign fibroadenoma may be dark on T1 without contrast, but white with contrast. ...Read more

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Will affected lymph nodes show up on a bilateral breast mri?

Will affected lymph nodes show up on a bilateral breast mri?

If the: lymph nodes are infiltrated with cancer to the extent that they enlarge or lose their normal shape, they can be detected with MRI. Of course, there are a number of other causes of abnormal lymph nodes(e.g. infectious/inflammatory processes). Microscopic invasion of lymph nodes would generally be undetectable on MRI...the lymph node would look normal. ...Read more

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Does a bilateral breast mri's also see if lymph nodes are ok?

Does a bilateral breast mri's also see if lymph nodes are ok?

Maybe: The axillary nodes (actually the whole chest and upper abdomen) are included in the bmri images but the test is focused on the breast tissue. The bmri may show enlarged or even abnormal (lacking normal architecture) nodes but can't definitively tell if there are cancer cells present. The normal healing/inflam response to bx will swell nodes. Pathologic eval/biopsy of the nodes is definitive. ...Read more

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Are all breast lesions showing enhancement with wash out seen on breast MRI malignant?

Are all breast lesions showing enhancement with wash out seen on breast MRI malignant?

No: Radiologists say that one of the disadvantages of breast MRI is that its specificity appears is moderate (not high), although the specificity (specificity = % of abnormal lesions that are actually cancer) has been hard to determine. Published reports give specificity values of 37% to 97%, depending on the selection of both the MRI technique and the criteria for determining cancer. ...Read more

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Had a diagnostic breast mri they found cysts in my left breast is this normal? They were small

Had a diagnostic breast mri they found cysts in my left breast is this normal? They were small

Harmless: Cysts are not normal and usually seen along with some fibrosis, so called, fibrocystic disease. It is benign. You should follow your doctor's advice regarding continuing care. Visit this site for more info:
https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/non-cancerous-breast-conditions/fibrosis-and-simple-cysts-in-the-breast.html ...Read more

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Is it true that a breast MRI can pick up problems in other parts of the body such as the kidneys?

Is it true that a breast MRI can pick up problems in other parts of the body such as the kidneys?

No: Breast MRI evaluates only the breast tissue (and the very close by chest wall) and is not capable of imaging any other part of the body. ...Read more

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Breast MRI shows mass that is taller than wide, and in the color ones, all are at the higher end of the color spectrum. Could this be bad?

Taller than: wide is usually a descriptor used with ultrasound, and is a feature that implies a higher level of suspicion. I'm not clear on your description of the color mapping/enhancement pattern. If it is red, that usually indicates a "washout" pattern, which implies a higher level of suspicion.. ...Read more

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Why would a breast MRI be recommended when you have breast cancer?

Why would a breast MRI be recommended when you have breast cancer?

Several reasons: A breast MRI gives a more detailed picture of the breasts than mammogram or ultrasound. It is recommended in young women whose breasts are dense and hard to see on mammogram. It is also better for detecting certain types of breast cancer (lobular or inflammatory breast cancer.) the downside is that it finds many "spots" that aren't breast cancer. ...Read more

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Does a breast MRI hurt?

Does a breast MRI hurt?

Maybe uncomfortable: I have had a breast MRI and the procedure was not painful. It was slightly uncomfortable because you are face down with your breasts in a hole. You will have an IV placed in order to get the contrast. All in all, it was not bad. ...Read more

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How can I find breast MRI facility?

How can I find breast MRI facility?

Ask your doctor: Bmris are primarily indicated for "in breast" staging of newly diagnosed patients and screening of high risk patients. In both cases, there is likely indication for involvement of a breast surgeon who will know who does good quality breast MRI imaging in your area. ...Read more

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Do you get the results of a breast MRI immediately?

Do you get the results of a breast MRI immediately?

Usually within 24hrs: The typical breast MRI may produce 2-3000 images and a large volume of data (detailed architecture images and dye flow data) that need to be crunched, mapped and interpreted. I generally try to give the radiologist 24 hrs to produce a final read but know that they can often get results out prior to this depending on work flow and other factors. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are hyperintense signals in breast mri?

Could you tell me what are hyperintense signals in breast mri?

Need context: "hyperintense" means "bright" signal on either t1 or t2 (more likely) weighted sequences. These mean different things, and thus more info is needed. You can learn more about MRI scanning (in text and video) here: http://www.Conciergeradiologist.Com/how-does-mri-work.Html. Be sure to check out related pages on the site to learn more about all things mri, especially as it relates to your case. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Blumenfield
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Mri (Definition)

Magnetic resonance imaging named for the effects of the strong magnetic field upon the atomic and molecular phase or spin and the image created when that magnetic field is altered and the excited particle changes gibing off a signal that is recorded and interpreted by a complex computer algorithm, ...Read more