Breast MRI is an excellent problem-solving technology and a supplement to mammography. It is often used to investigate breast abnormalities first detected with mammography, physical exam, or other imaging exams. A breast biopsy may also be performed using breast MRI guidance.

What to Expect

For a breast MRI exam, you will lie face down. We position you on a specially designed breast MRI table. The design allows the breasts to be positioned comfortably through two openings called breast coils. Sometimes during a breast MRI exam patients are given a contrast material through IV, to improve our view. We will let you know in advance if you will have contrast with your exam.

How long is a Breast MRI exam?

  • Without IV contrast: approximately 45 minutes.
  • With IV contrast: approximately 45-50 minutes.


    The Polyclinic's Breast Imaging Department is proud to be recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. We are also recognized as an ACR accredited breast MRI imaging facility.

    Contact Us

  • To schedule an appointment, please call 206-860-5496, option 1.
  • For general questions, please call 206-860-1760.