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Breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Breast MRI is a non-invasive breast imaging tool that produces high-resolution detailed images specifically of the breast. MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Breast MRI uses magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the breast and surrounding tissue. There is no radiation exposure. In addition to providing anatomical information about the breast, MRI also provides information about the vascular patterns of the breast, which helps in detecting breast cancers and in differentiating them from benign tumors.

Although the procedure is not painful, we understand that an MRI can be overwhelming. While we have already taken some steps to help you, including a state-of-the-art wide-bore magnet where your head will be outside the tube, please let Hoag’s staff know if you feel anxious or claustrophobic. We will help you relax, or provide an alternative screening option.

Breast MRI:

  • produces hundreds of cross-sectional detailed images of the breast
  • can be used to investigate breast concerns first detected through another screening technique
  • provides improved sensitivity for the detection of breast cancer under challenging circumstances such as dense breasts, post surgical scarring or breast implants

Hoag is home to Orange County’s first dedicated breast MRI system, and as the highest volume provider of breast MRI in the area, you can feel comfortable that you are in the hands of experts. Breast MRI is available at Hoag Breast Centers in Newport Beach, Irvine (Sand Canyon) and Huntington Beach.