Breast MRI

SDI was the first to offer Breast MRI in Solano County. Our MRI service includes the latest technology to provide the best resolution in breast imaging. In addition to our high-field MRI with advanced software for faster imaging, we have added computer aided diagnostic (CAD) software to effectively analyze areas of interest and provide surgical planning when necessary.  Please visit our MRI page for specific information about safety in the MRI and to print our MRI metal screening form.

Having a successful exam

MRI scans are very sensitive to motion. Each part of an exam is acquired over a few minute scan. During each scan, the machine is acquiring images and any movement, regardless of how slight, can create blurriness in the entire set of images. It is important that when you are being scanned and the machine is making noise (which it does while acquiring images) that you do not move any part of your body. In between scans, while the scanner is quite, it is ok to have minor movement (i.e. scratch your nose) as long as you done move your body position.

The MRI scan requires you to lie on your back, without moving for 15 to 45 minutes. If you have pain while lying down or suffer from anxiety (claustrophobia, etc), please discuss with your physician. He/She may be able to help with medication to make the MRI exam more successful. Keep in mind, some medications will require you to have someone drive you to and from your MRI exam.

As with many medical exams, please do not bring children to your appointment unless they have another adult to care for them.


Some exams require the administration of IV contrast (some times called "dye"). Most of these type of exams will have the contrast administered through a vein in your arm.  You may be required to have a blood test prior to the exam to verify adequate kidney function.

Exam Preparation

Please wear comfortable clothes and refrain from wearing clothes or items with metal. If your clothes have metal (e.g. rivets in pants, embellishments on shirts, etc) you will need to change into an exam gown during the procedure. Prior to the exam, you will need to complete a questionnaire to identify if you have any implanted metal in your body. Certain devices are not generally allowed into an MRI scanner (such as most pacemakers and many aneurism clips). If you do have an implanted devices (such as cardiac stent) it is helpful if you bring the device card you received after your surgery.

MRI Screening Form

To save time, open the following metal screening form, print and fill it out.  Every patient having an MRI must complete the 1st page.  Fill out the 2nd page as it applies to your appointment.  Click here for screening form.