Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Hours and appointments
Samaritan Regional Medical Center, first floor
255 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern, NY 10901
Open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For appointments and insurance inquiry: 1-866-596-8456
Department telephone: 845-368-5531
Breast MRI is a useful tool to detect and characterize breast disease. If there is breast disease, an MRI can tell us the extent of the disease, help us determine your treatment options, and guide us during a biopsy.
We often use MRIs to guide us in taking biopsies of certain types of lumps or lesions in breast. This is a minimally invasive procedure, performed by a radiologist, where you would be put under anesthesia.
FAQs for Breast MRI
What do I bring? You’ll need your insurance information, the prescription for the procedure from your doctor (a phone order from your doctor is acceptable, too), and a referral if your insurance requires it.
Please bring all results from previous MRI, mammographic and sonographic procedures. If your previous images are from another facility, please bring CDs or films three days prior to your procedure.
How do I prepare? Do not eat or drink for four hours prior to your procedure. If you have allergies, please let the scheduler know when you make your appointment. If you are not menopausal, you must be 5-15 days from the onset of your period (day one being the first day of your period).
What will happen during my Breast MRI? Before your MRI, we will ask you to change into an examination gown. We will also have you remove watches, removable dental work, hearing aids, glasses, wallet and all jewelry (except silver or gold rings).
Just before your exam, we’ll ask you questions about your medical history and possible contraindications. A technologist will explain the exam to you and what to expect, and he or she will ask you to sign a consent form.
You will need blood work done within two weeks of the exam if you are 65 years or older, or if you have a history of diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney or liver failure or any blood disorders.
While the MRI exam itself is painless, you will get an injection of contrast material part way through the exam. The contrast material helps us obtain additional information for your doctor.
Keep in mind, an MRI involves close surroundings. If you feel uncomfortable in these situations, you should ask your physician to prescribe something to help you before arriving. If he or she prescribes sedation medication for you, please follow your physician's and/or medical provider's recommendations and instructions carefully.
How long does the Breast MRI exam take? Approximately 30 to 60 minutes. During the exam, you will hear a loud knocking sound like a drum beat. The technologist will speak to you intermittently during the procedure. It is imperative to remain still at this time.
How do I get the results of my Breast MRI? When the scan is finished, we review the images for quality. Please know, the technologist will not discuss the results with you. A radiologist will study the images and report the results to your physician and/or medical provider.
Whether this is your first Breast MRI or you’ve had the test before, we welcome you. And we promise to make your MRI as seamless and as pleasant as we can. If you have any questions or concerns, just let us know.