Implant MRI is NOT a cancer study. Implant MRI is the most sensitive test available to assess your implants and any potential complications.
The MRI scan assesses the integrity of your breast implants and whether they are ruptured and if there are any potential complications such as change in shape of your implant, fluid around the implant, and if there is silicone within lymph nodes.
The MRI coil does not compress the breast and there is NO risk to the implant during the procedure. There is NO injection of contrast dye.
You will lie in the scanner on your front with your arms above your head and your breasts will lay in a special coil, which is not tight like a mammogram. Your breasts need to be in the centre of the magnet and you will go into the magnet head first. The scan is noisy, so you will be given headphones with music and a buzzer to press if you want to talk to the technologist at any time.
It is important that you lie still.
Please advise our staff if you suffer from claustrophobia, as this may affect your ability to keep still and we may be able to arrange a muscle relaxant for you prior to your appointment to assist in coping with the scan.
The entire process (preparation and imaging) can take 30 – 45 minutes.
When you arrive for your examination, you will be asked to fill out a MRI safety questionnaire and a clinical history form that is used by our Doctors in assessing your individual case.
Prior to the examination, our specially trained staff will take you through, explain the examination, discuss any concerns and prepare you for your examination. This process can take up to 15 minutes before you get onto the MRI scanner.