that Breast MRI is a new and innovative diagnostic tool now serving our community? Breast MRI is recognized as an indispensable adjunctive examination to mammography and ultrasound and is now considered to be the most sensitive method to evaluate the extent of breast cancer in patients at very high risk for breast cancer. Also, it is helpful as a problem-solving tool in patients who have had a negative mammography and ultrasound. Breast MRI is now useful to complete staging of newly diagnosed breast cancer and for follow-up after treatment. St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center utilizes the Siemens Avanto 1.5 Tesla state-of-the-art equipment to obtain the precise images our specialized radiologists need to diagnose breast pathologies. Our trained technologists combine their expertise with the care you have learned to expect from St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.
To schedule your patients for a breast MRI:
Patients are scheduled according to their menstrual cycle. If the patient is having a menstrual cycle, the MRI needs to be scheduled 7 to 10 days from the start of her cycle. Patients who have claustrophobia or anxiety may require light sedation. The patient will need to obtain the medication from the physician’s office. If the patient has a history of renal disease or renal insufficiency, please obtain creatinine clearance and provide the MRI Department with recent lab results.
In order to be referred to the MRI Department, a physician currently responsible for the care of the patient must initiate the referral by using the attached referral form. Referrals are accepted by phone but must be followed by either a faxed or mailed written order. In addition, the referring physician’s office must provide the MRI Department with copies of any previous mammograms, ultrasounds or MRI exams, as well as the reports of those studies at the time of the exam.
If there are any further questions, feel free to call the MRI Department at the above number.