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How many of you had to have a breast MRI and what was it like?

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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer over 7 years
 
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    anonymes
    Étude du cancer du sein
    I had one after my cancer was found. It was about 45 mins long. You lay on your stomach and look like superman flying. Very loud. I still managed to fall asleep. 25 years sleeping with a snorer prepared me for it I guess
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymes
    Survivant depuis 2007
    I just realized I didn't tell you what the MRI was like. IT IS NOISY. The MRI I had when they were first looking for breast cancer was different than what I have for my yearly exams. The thing about MRI's they keep improving them at the office I go to. The time it takes always gets less and less. When I first started out 5 years ago, it took about 45 minutes to complete the test. In September, is only took about 17 minutes. The MRI I had when I was first diagnosed was different in that they put a frame over my chest. They place a line into a vein in your arm so at a point in the MRI, they inject a type of dye that is absorbed by the tumor. This is standard part of the exam every year. You basically just lie on your back, dressed in a hospital gown, on a table in a machine. They roll you into a large tube. It is noisy with different clanging and banging noise. Some people get claustrophobic but I am sure they can give you a sedative if you are nervous. If you have any questions, please let me know. I will be glad to answer anything I can. MRI's are such a great diagnostic tool for those of us who have dense breast tissue. I imagine it will get to be more routine and used in conjunction with mammograms for dense breasts. Take care, Sharon
    over 7 years Flag
    • Kolleen Rynkowski Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Sharon I have to have the breast MRI 6 months after my radiation was complete which is now. Do you think they will find anything this close after my lumpectomy 1 year ago? I'm so scared.

      about 4 years Flag
  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I've had a few. It can see things other methods cannot so i had them in addition to mammograms and ultrasounds. MRI is common in looking for breast cancer.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Marianne R. Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    I've had two.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Bonnie Irwin Profile
    anonymes
    Étude du cancer du sein
    I had one too, and like Tara, the MRI found the invasive cancer that my mammogram did not show.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • tara mollick Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I have. I was 36 when diagnosed. Thankfully my doc had me get one prior to surgery and they found another spot that mamo didn't pick up. I had one every year for five years.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    I had one after my biopsy. I have an MRI every year... I have to pay for it but feel it is worth the $$$. Sharon
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Norma Johnson Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had a breast MRI after my biopsy came back positive for lobular carcinoma. I understood it to be pretty standard to get a better look.
    over 7 years Comment Flag

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