Health Tips Tuesday: breast MRI services

It is breast cancer awareness month, and it is important for people to understand breast MRI...
It is breast cancer awareness month, and it is important for people to understand breast MRI services. We heard from Dr. Jennifer Hadro, a radiologist and Director of Breast Imaging with Baystate Health.
Updated: Oct. 26, 2021 at 2:12 PM EDT
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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) - It is breast cancer awareness month, and it is important for people to understand breast MRI services. We heard from Dr. Jennifer Hadro, a radiologist and Director of Breast Imaging with Baystate Health.

What is a breast MRI?

MRI stands for magnetic residence imaging and it’s a technology that uses medical rays and strong magnets to create images throughout the body including the breasts. When a patient does have a breast MRI they receive introvenis contrast.

What is the difference between a mammogram and a breast MRI scan?

A mammogram uses very low dose x-rays to take pictures of the breast and it is a very readily produced, inexpensive exam to image the breast and it’s an excellent way to screen large portions of the population. MRI is a more specialized exam; it is about 30-40 minutes and is more expensive.

Where can they get a breast MRI and how?

Baystate Shields Outpatient Center offers the test.