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Breast MRI

  • Available in Ames.

Diagnostic Breast MRI uses strong magnets to create detailed images of the breast tissue. In addition to your yearly mammogram, research studies have shown that MRI is the best method at detecting breast cancer at its smallest size.

The Exam

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  • Diagnostic Breast MRI
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No special preparation is necessary for a breast MRI. The exam will take 30 to 45 minutes to complete. An IV will be started before the exam. You will lie on your abdomen for the exam, and your arms can either be above your head or by your sides depending on which is more comfortable for you. Towards the end of the exam, a gadolinium based contrast agent will be injected into the IV to assist in identification of any abnormalities.

If you are claustrophobic, you may want to speak with your provider about a sedative prior to the test. If you take a sedative, you will be required to have a driver with you or have other travel arrangements made ahead of time.

Once the exam is complete, you will be free to leave, and the results will be sent to the ordering provider.

Insurance

Insurance companies typically only cover a diagnostic breast MRI for individuals at high risk of breast cancer (this is based on family history, genetic markers and other risk factors for the development of breast cancer.

McFarland Clinic offers an abbreviated screening breast MRI exam at a cost of $399 for patients who desire additional screening but may not qualify for insurance coverage.


Abbreviated Breast MRI (AB-MRI)

  • Available in Ames.
Schedule Online Online Scheduling for AB-MRI available in Ames. (subject to eligibility for online scheduling)


Unlike a diagnostic breast MRI, no referral from a provider is necessary to have an abbreviated screening breast MRI. We do ask that you list a provider to whom results should be sent.

The Exam

No special preparation is necessary for an abbreviated screening breast MRI. The exam will take 10 to 15 minutes to complete. An IV will be started before the exam. You will lie on your abdomen for the exam, and your arms can either be above your head or by your sides depending on which is more comfortable for you. Towards the end of the exam, a gadolinium based contrast agent will be injected into the IV to assist identification of any abnormalities.

If you are claustrophobic, you may want to speak with your provider about a sedative prior to the test. If you take a sedative, you will be required to have a driver with you or have other travel arrangements made ahead of time. Once the exam is complete, you will be free to leave, and the results will be sent to the provider you identified.

Cost

McFarland Clinic offers a screening breast MRI exam at a cost of $399 for patients who desire additional screening and do not qualify for insurance coverage.

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