Is a Breast MRI Safe?

Yes, it is, for most patients. There is no risk for the majority of patients needing breast cancer screening, especially when all policies and guidelines are followed appropriately. But, people who have heart surgery can safely go through a breast MRI, as well as those with some medical devices, such as the following:

  • Surgical sutures and clips
  • Staples
  • Many replacement heart valves
  • Artificial joints
  • Vena cava filters
  • Medication pumps that have been disconnected
  • Brain shunt tubes, for hydrocephalus

However, there are a few conditions and devices that might not be advisable, or could need your physician to sign off before getting a breast MRI. They include:

  • Pacemaker
  • Metal within the eye/eye socket
  • Implanted pumps, such as an insulin or narcotics pump
  • Implanted TENS (nerve stimulator for pain)
  • Implanted rods for spine stabilization
  • Cerebral aneurysm clip
  • Uncontrolled gastroesophageal reflux (severe heartburn)
  • Cochlear implant (for the hearing impaired)

In addition to the above, make sure to tell your doctor if you are pregnant, cannot lie on your back for longer than 45 minutes, or are claustrophobic.

To schedule Breast MRI exam please call us at (248) 740-0777.