Notice: Users may be experiencing issues with displaying some pages on stanfordhealthcare.org. We are working closely with our technical teams to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to create detailed images of the breast tissue and any abnormalities that may present themselves. Breast MRI does not use ionizing radiation (used in X-rays).
Breast MRI is a non-invasive technique that is used to examine our patients at high risk for breast cancer. Breast MRI can catch areas of concern earlier and in ways not possible with other breast imaging techniques, giving our experts the ability to best diagnosis and treat breast cancers.
During the painless Breast MRI procedure, patients lie flat on their stomach for about 45 minutes with their breast inside a special platform to produce MRI images of the internal structure of their breast. Stanford performs most diagnostic breast MRIs at 3 Tesla, providing the clearest images possible.
Stanford also has a scanner to accommodate patients with larger body types. Our experts employ a wider 70 cm diameter scanner available by special request, compared to the 60 cm diameter of most conventional Breast MRIs. Please make requests for this system at time of scheduling, as it is only available at our hospital facility.