Breast MRI

Get a breast MRI at Touchstone Medical Imaging

In special circumstances, a Breast MRI helps Touchstone’s board-certified radiologists to better evaluate the breast as a supplemental tool to mammography and ultrasound for detection and classification of breast disease.

How It Works

Breast MRI uses a computer, magnetic field, and radio waves to produce images of the soft tissues in the body. It does not use X-Rays or radiation.

Reasons for Breast MRI

A Breast MRI is more sensitive than a mammogram in detecting breast cancers, identifying both invasive and noninvasive forms with up to 93% sensitivity, and is used most often in evaluating dense breast tissue.

A Breast MRI may be used in several circumstances such as evaluating dense breast tissue, diagnosing breast implant rupture, further assessing abnormalities on a mammogram, staging breast cancer, or evaluating lumpectomy sites following breast cancer treatment. It may also be used for screening with women at high risk for breast cancer, typically due to a strong family history. Your physician can assess your family history to determine if a Breast MRI is the appropriate course of action for you.

Patient Reviews

Our patients say it best. Touchstone Imaging provides welcoming, comforting outpatient facilities with friendly and helpful staff.

Front office staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Technician was absolutely wonderful. Extremely friendly, kept me informed during the entire process of what she was doing and what would be happening next.
Tina J.
I had to take my 11-year-old in for an MRI of his knee. It was one of the best experiences we’ve had at a medical office in a long time. Everyone was friendly, informative, and professional.
Jodi E.
I had to get a brain MRI back in November. The check in process was fast and friendly. I didn’t have to wait long before being taken to the back to get prepped for my procedure. The staff made me feel at ease and the environment is very calming and tranquil. The MRI tech checked on me constantly during the procedure and kept me informed as to which part of the exam we are completing. I can’t remember her name but she was very nice and pleasant. If I ever have to get another diagnostic test, I will be returning here.
Brian V.
Everyone was excellent! I was acknowledged and welcomed when I entered the building. Front staff were professional and courteous when discussing paperwork. Friendly smiles. My technician impressed me as being highly trained in her field. Her personal and professional skills are awesome. Enjoyed something I wasn’t looking forward to.
Evangelina B.
Friendly staff. I called and got an appointment that fit my schedule. Quick check in. Relatively short wait time compared to a lot of medical facilities. The technician was friendly, gave clear instructions and made me feel comfortable. I was out in less than an hour.
Wendy B.
Great place, people, and atmosphere was awesome. The guy that brought me to the back had me laughing the whole way. They checked in on me a few times in the MRI machine to make sure I was doing ok and it made me feel more comfortable. I would recommend this place to anyone needing an MRI done.
Jon C.

Choose accurate imaging and convenient service with Touchstone

Touchstone Medical Imaging provides Breast MRI imaging at up to 60% less than the cost of hospital-based imaging. Many locations offer extended and weekend hours, with same day and next day appointment options, to meet your busy schedule. With compassionate care and easy to access locations, our technologists will guide you seamlessly through your appointment.

Breast MRI Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during a breast MRI?

You will change into a gown and remove all jewelry and any other metal objects on you, as they interfere with the magnetic field of the MRI unit. You should not experience any discomfort during the exam because your breasts will not be compressed. If you suffer from claustrophobia or are anxious, you may want to ask your physician for a mild sedative. Please also notify our facility and your technologists at the time of your exam. We will walk you step by step through the process and exam to ease any fears you may have.

Most patients that are having this exam for diagnosis of breast cancer will receive a contrast injection during the exam. Sometimes contrast is not necessary if the study is to evaluate silicone breast implants. The scan will only take 15-20 minutes.

If you have had previous breast imaging at another facility besides Touchstone Medical Imaging, please bring the images and reports with you to your exam. Our radiologists need these for comparison purposes during the interpretation of your MRI.

How should I prepare for a breast MRI?

Breast MRI is just like any other MRI. 
– We recommend that you wear comfortable, athletic-style clothing without metal snaps or zippers for the MRI. 
– You may need to wear an exam gown during the study because snaps, zippers, hooks, belt buckles, and any other metal objects on your clothing affect the MRI.
– Complete your registration paperwork prior to your appointment.
– Prepare to arrive 20 minutes before your appointment time.

Is a Breast MRI used in screening in women at high risk for breast cancer?

For women at high risk for breast cancer, typically because of a strong family history, an MRI may be an appropriate tool to screen for breast cancer. A strong family history is usually a mother or sister who has had breast cancer before age 50. It can also be aunts or cousins, including those on your father’s side. Relatives who have had ovarian cancer also increase your risk. Your radiologist or primary care doctor can look at your family history and determine if a breast screening MRI may be appropriate for you. Depending on your family history, genetic counseling may also be recommended.

Does a Breast MRI determine the extent of cancer after a new diagnosis of breast cancer?

After being diagnosed with breast cancer, a breast MRI may be performed to determine:
– How large the cancer is and whether it involves the underlying muscle.
If there are other cancers in the same breast and whether there is an unsuspected cancer in the opposite breast.
– If there are any abnormally large lymph nodes in the armpit, which can be a sign the cancer has spread to that site.
– Further evaluating hard-to-assess abnormalities seen on mammography
Sometimes an abnormality seen on a mammogram cannot be adequately evaluated by additional mammography and breast ultrasound alone. In these rare cases, MRI can be used to definitively determine if the abnormality needs biopsy or can safely be left alone.

Is a Breast MRI used in evaluating lumpectomy sites in the years following breast cancer treatment?

Scarring and recurrent cancer can look identical on mammography and ultrasound. If there is a change in a lumpectomy scar by either mammography or on a physical exam, MRI can help determine whether the change is normal maturation of the scar or a recurrence of the cancer.

Does a Breast MRI follow chemotherapy treatment in patients getting Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy?

In some cases, breast cancer will be treated with chemotherapy before it has been removed by surgery. This is called neoadjuvant chemotherapy. In these cases, MRI is often used to monitor how well the chemotherapy is working and to reevaluate the amount of tumor still present before the surgery is performed.

Does Breast MRI evaluate breast implants for a rupture?

Yes, The FDA recommends an MRI as the best test for determining whether silicone implants have ruptured. Breast MRIs for implant evaluation require advanced equipment beyond the standard MRI machine. Please contact our locations to determine if this service is available near you. 

What is Henda’s Law?

Texas state legislation known as Henda’s Law requires mammography facilities to notify you and your health care provider if your results indicate dense breast tissue. As of September 2021, insurance regulations changed, which could cover the cost of your supplementary breast MRI exam. 

Which Touchstone Imaging center can I go to get a Breast MRI?

Touchstone Medical Imaging provides breast MRI scans in the Dallas Fort Worth area at Downtown Fort Worth, Keller, Lewisville, Midlothian-Midway, and Red Oak.

*Some or all of the health care providers performing services at Touchstone Imaging are independent contractors and are not Touchstone’s agents or employees. Independent contractors are responsible for their own actions, and Touchstone shall not be liable for the acts or omissions of any such independent contractors.