• MRI (30 - 45 minutes)

    Asked by Roxannek500 on Wednesday, July 4, 2018

    MRI (30 - 45 minutes)

    I was recently diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma, stage 2. I've met my surgeon and I've had genetic testing - waiting for the results. Next is getting a MRI - it will be 30 to 45 minutes. My question is why is it going to be so long and what exactly are they looking for?
    ER / PR : Positive, Her2 : Negative

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I have lost count of how many scans I've had. That's just how long it takes, it's a slow process. They will be looking for abnormal tissue to back up or confirm what they have diagnosed you with.

      almost 4 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar
      LiveWithCancer

      I agree. CT scans are really fast, MRI scans are s-l-o-w. I guess it is just because of how the machine takes its images.

      What they're looking for specifically, I don't know.

      almost 4 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar
      BarbarainBham

      Did you ask your doctor those questions? Don't be shy---it's part of his job to explain, since he's the one with your medical records.

      If you're claustrophobic, you should tell them ahead so they can do things to help, such as put you to sleep or schedule an open MRI at a different location if needed. Best wishes.

      almost 4 years ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar
      beachbum5817

      I think that is a normal amount of time for a MRI. My doctor scheduled this test as soon as he had told me that my biopsy showed cancer. It was done to look for more cancer, and it did show that I had 4 suspicious lymph nodes. A biopsy was done that day, and they were positive. Prior to that, my doctor did not think that the cancer had spread to my lymph nodes, so it gave him a heads up before my mastectomy. Good luck. Let us know how it goes. Take care.

      almost 4 years ago
    • carm's Avatar
      carm

      That is the standard time given but it usually depends on the part of the body that will be scanned. An MRI goes deeper into tissue than a CT and is more precise. It uses the water molecules in the body. It may seem long but many will offer music while the test is ongoing and it will be over faster than you know it. Good luck.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Jouska's Avatar
      Jouska

      My MRI was for the same reason as beachbum5817's - to see if any of my lymph nodes "lit" up. There was one suspicious one and when I had my mastectomy, four were removed. Thankfully all were negative. So consider it part of the diagnostic tool set your doctor is using to help determine the exact course of action.

      almost 4 years ago
    • junie1's Avatar
      junie1

      I know when I had my MRI done in 2014, it was about that amt of time. It's a slow process, but it will detect just where any cancer tumors or cells might be. mine was detected hiding behind a scare tissue on the left breast, where I had had a lumpectomy in 1994. The Mamo & Ultra sound didn't find it.. The only thing that didn't show up,, was cancer in the right lymph nodes.. but with a double mastectomy, I am cancer free,, and doing great!
      Best Wishes to you,, Like people say,, Ask questions to your doctors,, take notes, or have someone go with you, to take notes. I know that I only heard about half of what he said,, so someone can hear things also..
      Again,, Good Luck,,
      God Bless,

      almost 4 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      The hardest part is trying to stay still for that time.

      Good luck on this part of the journey.

      almost 4 years ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar
      BoiseB

      I have had several MRI scans only one was for 2 were for cancer, the rest were for back and head injuries I have had. Even though MRIs are longer I far prefer them to x-rays or CT scans. MRIs do NOT involve radiation. There is no nasty contrast either. The pinging though does put me into a trance.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Dltmoll's Avatar
      Dltmoll

      My breast MRIs (at least 3 - one at diagnosis and 2 since) were because I have dense tissue, which is an issue in itself. Mamms and ultrasound often don't distinguish between dense tissue and tumors, so, as others have said, they may be looking for other extremely small tumors or node involvement. Also, my MRIs have always been without and then with contrast, which adds to the time it takes to complete the test.

      almost 4 years ago
    • susiejo1948's Avatar
      susiejo1948

      Don't know have not heard of that particular cancer. Yes MRI does take that long I had one of brain to make sure the cancer hadn't went there. Susie jo

      almost 4 years ago
    • susiejo1948's Avatar
      susiejo1948

      Need to learn more about different lung cancers. So don't know how to answer

      almost 4 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      I think that part of it is that they check on it -read it while doing the scan. They can go back and do a section again to clarify something or get a better view. Obviously, the larger a target area is, the longer it takes.That takes time.

      almost 4 years ago
    • ChicagoSandy's Avatar
      ChicagoSandy

      Never had a breast MRI, but all my MRIs (brain, wrist, knees, foot) took 30-45 min. They're loud, so insist on headphones cranked to max. volume (wear earplugs underneath) to drown out as much of the noise as possible. Music you like goes a long way towards enabling you to stay still. If it's ok with your doctor--and you have someone with you to drive you there and home--ask if you can take a low dose of a tranquilizer (ativan, xanax, valium) beforehand--it can prevent tremors or involuntary muscle spasms.

      Do you have dense breasts? That's the main reason for ordering breast MRIs, whether for initial diagnosis or determining what mammo & ultrasound may have missed before deciding on the type and extent of surgery.

      almost 4 years ago
    • bigjan1's Avatar
      bigjan1

      I have had a few mri's, they always seem to take about that long. Sometimes it takes longer to get set up for it than to do it. But it's not a bad test. It's noisy!

      almost 4 years ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar
      Whitey61

      Noisey, takes time to get pictures required, ask for headphones, blindfold if head first ?, They will accommodate.

      almost 4 years ago
    • mofields' Avatar
      mofields

      If they need dye it will be put in via an IV, that will be for contrast to pinpoint the cancer areas. It really is painless and I just took a nap until they were done. I was given ear plugs for the noise the machine makes (sounds like R2D2 of Star Wars).

      almost 4 years ago
    • susiejo1948's Avatar
      susiejo1948

      I've had several ct scans one pet scan and one MRI. You'll do ok this is just your new normal. On lung cancer site. We call it our new normal. I'll be thinking of you and your mom. Let us know we will be here for you both Love susiejo1948

      almost 4 years ago
    • susiejo1948's Avatar
      susiejo1948

      Not sure of answering a question. What I wrote above is the way we do it on lung cancer site. Not sure of answering a question. Sorry love susie jo1948

      almost 4 years ago
    • susiejo1948's Avatar
      susiejo1948

      Not sure of answering a question. What I wrote above is the way we do it on lung cancer site. Not sure of answering a question. Sorry love susie jo1948

      almost 4 years ago
    • susiejo1948's Avatar
      susiejo1948 (Best Answer!)

      I had but it was. Stage0 no treatments. Tamoxifen I was hoping I could stop taki.ng it since it's. Been five years but he likes to keep you on it. Just like a maintenance dose. I hope you will . I wish.I could help more.susie jo1948

      almost 4 years ago
    • Roxannek500's Avatar
      Roxannek500

      Thanks everyone so much for all of your feedback!!! I am so nervous and scared. Just the word - cancer - makes my mind so overwhelmed. All I can do is put it in Gods hands!!! It is just the beginning for me. Mammo found something suspicious and ultrasound found more. Biopsy confirmed cancer. I've had genetic testing and MRI - waiting for those results. I have an appt tomorrow with the doctor and go over what is next.

      almost 4 years ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      Thanks for getting back to us Roxan--We all know how you feel. We're here anytime you want to talk. I hope that you get good news tomorrow-hear something that makes sense, and isn't as bad as what you fear. Hugs- good thoughts---

      almost 4 years ago
    • susiejo1948's Avatar
      susiejo1948

      I'm not sure about answering the question if I'm not sure. But I will be here and I'll help as much as I can. I'll be here to listen and care. Love susiejo1948

      almost 4 years ago

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