What are the contraindications for magnetic resonance mammography (breast MRI)?

Updated: Feb 25, 2019
  • Author: Preeti Gupta, MD, FRCR; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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Contraindications to performing breast MRI

Contraindications to breast MI include the following:

  • Patient's inability to lie prone.

  • Marked kyphosis or kyphoscoliosis.

  • Marked obesity.

  • Extremely large breasts.

  • Severe claustrophobia.

  • Inability to use gadolinium-based contrast media (history of allergy to contrast media or pregnancy).

  • Other general contraindications to MRI.

Gadolinium-based contrast agents have been linked to the development of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) or nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy (NFD). For more information, see Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy. The disease has occurred in patients with moderate to end-stage renal disease after being given a gadolinium-based contrast agent.


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