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Preparing for a Breast MRI for Implant Integrity

Breast MRI for Implant Integrity (suspected rupture) are generally only done for silicone implants. Leaks or ruptures from a saline implant will eventually be absorbed by the body and can be diagnosed with a physical exam. If there is a prior family history of breast cancer or a personal history of breast cancer, your exam will be done as a Diagnostic Breast MRI.

When scheduling your procedure, you will be asked a number of questions by the scheduler pertaining to anything that may or could be implanted in your body; any surgeries that you may have had previously; if you are diabetic or have had any allergic reactions to medications or medical imaging contrasts; the possibility of pregnancy and the date of your last menstrual cycle. These are all important questions that help the scheduler in setting up the best possible appointment time for you and are also used to screen you for anything that could be potentially contraindicative to putting you into the strong magnetic field that is used in performing your MRI exam. The information you give the scheduler is kept confidential and becomes a part of your medical record. 

Once you have been scheduled, you will be asked to bring in any recent mammograms and breast ultrasounds you have had if they were not performed at DuPage Medical Group. The radiologist will require these in order to make direct comparisons when reading your MRI. If you have not had a recent mammogram, you may be required to have one and it may be scheduled on the same day as your MRI.

The MRI appointment time will require about one (1) hour and the exam is always done of both breasts. A Breast MRI for Implant Integrity does not require the injection of a contrast as the radiologist is looking for indications of any subtle silicone leaks into the breast tissue. 

After you arrive:
  • You will be asked to review the screening questions asked while your appointment was being scheduled to make sure all answers are marked accurately.
  • You will also be asked to fill out a couple additional forms that give both the technologist performing the exam as well as the radiologist reading your exam specific details about you and your medical history. This helps make your exam as accurate as possible. 
  • You will be asked to undress and will be given a gown to wear with instructions to put it on so that it opens in the front.
  • You will also be asked to remove any other clothing that contains metal such as snaps or zippers as well as jewelry and hair clips or pins.

Once the exam is completed, you will be able to get dressed and go about your day as normal.