Follow these instructions to ensure a smooth appointment.

Prepare for Your Appointment

You may be asked to wear a gown during the exam or you may be allowed to wear your own clothing if it is loose-fitting and has no metal fasteners.

Guidelines about eating and drinking before an MRI exam vary with the specific exam and also with the facility. Unless you are told otherwise, you may follow your regular daily routine and take food and medications as usual.

Some MRI examinations may require the patient to receive an injection of contrast material into the bloodstream. The radiologist, technologist or a nurse may ask if you have allergies of any kind, such as an allergy to iodine or x-ray contrast material, drugs, food, or the environment, or if you have asthma. The contrast material most commonly used for an MRI exam contains a metal called gadolinium. Gadolinium can be used in patients with iodine contrast allergy, after appropriate pre-medication (this will depend on local policies of the imaging facility). Patient consent may be requested in this instance

What to Expect

You will be awake during your biopsy and should have little or no discomfort. Most women report little or no pain and no scarring on the breast.  Some women find that the major discomfort of the procedure is from lying on their stomach for the length of the procedure, which can be reduced by strategically placed cushions. Some women may also experience neck and/or back pain as the head is turned to the side when the breast is positioned for the biopsy.

When you receive the local anesthetic to numb the skin, you will feel a slight pin prick from the needle. You may feel some pressure when the biopsy needle is inserted.  The area will become numb within a short time. You must remain still while the biopsy is performed.  As tissue samples are taken, you may hear clicks from the sampling instrument.  If you experience swelling and bruising following your biopsy, you may be instructed to take an over-the-counter pain reliever and to use a cold pack. Temporary bruising is normal.   You should contact your physician if you experience excessive swelling, bleeding, drainage, redness or heat in the breast.  If a marker is left inside the breast to mark the location of the biopsied lesion, it will cause no pain, disfigurement or harm.

You should avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours after the biopsy. After that period of time, you will usually be able to resume normal activities.

 

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