Accelerated Breast MRI

What Is an Accelerated Breast MRI?

Like its name states, an Accelerated Breast MRI™, also known as abbreviated breast MRI, is fast. Plus, it’s a cost-effective alternative to regular breast MRI that is available to all patients, no matter their risk level for breast cancer. Women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, have a family history of breast cancer and those with dense breast tissue can all benefit from the peace of mind and protection an Accelerated Breast MRI at American Health Imaging (AHI) can offer. An Accelerated Breast MRI is more sensitive than a digital mammogram, allowing doctors to detect cancer in its early stages, as well as assess the progression of previously diagnosed cancers.

How Can Accelerated Breast MRI Complement My Mammogram?

By their mid-40s, all women should receive annual mammograms. Mammograms alone, however, may miss some abnormalities—and when it comes to breast cancer, early treatment is vital. An Accelerated Breast MRI can boost your yearly mammogram because it produces greater detail that helps physicians detect more cancers that mammography may miss. This extra insight into your breast health may mean the difference between starting treatment for breast cancer sooner rather than later.

Advantages of Accelerated Breast MRI

Safe and Painless

Accelerated Breast MRIs are safe and pain-free. Unlike tomosynthesis (3D mammograms) and traditional mammograms, there is no radiation or compression associated with Accelerated Breast MRI. Most procedures require the injection of a contrast dye, which highlights certain anatomical structures, to help the radiologist accurately read and interpret results.

Fast and Easy

During your exam, you will lie on your stomach on a padded scanning table and your breasts will be in a cushioned opening. The procedure can take between 12 and 18 minutes, and a highly qualified MRI technologist will be on hand to answer any of your questions.

Affordable and More Comfortable

An Accelerated Breast MRI does not require a physician referral, costs only $450 and is offered on Saturdays by an all-female staff.

How to Prepare for Accelerated Breast MRI

Accelerated Breast MRIs are usually scheduled the week after your menstrual period. Before your appointment, tell your doctor if:
  • You have any allergies
  • You have kidney problems
  • You are pregnant
  • You are nursing
  • You have any implanted medical devices

On the day of the exam, you should not wear anything metallic, such as jewelry, hairpins or watches. These items can be damaged during an MRI and could interfere with the magnets in the machine.

Schedule an appointment for Accelerated Breast MRI with AHI.

An Experience Unlike any Hospital

Full benefits for a fraction of the cost

  • Convenient scheduling with a single phone call
  • Saturday appointments in a dedicated space  for women’s privacy
  • All female technologists and medical specialists
  • Cutting-edge MR imaging with NO RADIATION
  • First in Georgia – streamlined MRI protocol for fast 12-minute exams
  • Detailed radiology report from an ACR board-certified radiologist
  • An express delivered CD in a privacy  protected folder sent directly to you.

“I’m reviewing medical bills, and my
insurance company was billed
$11,560 for a breast MRI – really?”

Jennifer Lee,
Brestcancer.org Community

Estimating Breast Cancer Risk

Your doctor looks at a wide range of factors in determining your risk for breast cancer. However, most of these factors have only a modest effect, and studies have yet to determine which are most telling. To get a rough idea of patients’ risks, most physicians use the National Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool, which includes hereditary, demographic and medical factors. While this tool can’t tell you whether or not you’ll get breast cancer, it can help you estimate your risk.

Preparing for Your Visit at American Health Imaging

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