Getting an MRI

UCSF Radiologist Dr. Bonnie Joe describes how UCSF provides high quality breast MRI exams.

Breast MRI Technique

  • Closed systems have better performance than open systems
  • High Field Strength (1.5T, 3.0T)
  • Dedicated breast coil
  • MRI (no radiation)
  • Prone positioning (breast hang freely so there is no distortion)
  • Feet first entry reduces claustrophobia
  • Intravenous Gadolinium contrast
  • High resolution scans


  • UCSF Women’s Imaging provides high quality breast MRI and breast imaging for cancer detection and evaluation 


Chief of Breast Imaging
Professor in Residence

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