Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging 

Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that uses magnets and radio waves to take a detailed image of the breast. The hour-long procedure is painless and considered very safe. Because this technology does not use radiation like other diagnostic tools (X-ray or CT scan), the procedure can be used on women younger than 40 and can be used more frequently for women at high risk.

This technology is used to complement other imaging systems, and does not replace conventional mammography or ultrasound.

Breast MRI is used to:

  • Evaluate abnormalities detected by a mammogram
  • Identify early breast cancer in those with a heightened risk (family history) or with dense breast tissue
  • Screen women with implants or with scar tissue that might otherwise make a reading difficult
  • Determine the integrity of breast implants
  • Assess or look for multiple tumors

Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with radiology, please call our scheduling line or use the online form below.


Appointment hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday (once a month)


Awards & Recognitions

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

 ACR Award

Patient Resources

Image Guided Breast Procedures - If you have been recommended for a biopsy, additional information can be found at