Early detection of breast cancer (mammography MRI)

The mammography MRI (MRI examination of the female breast) is the most recommended examination for discovering malignant breast tumours. As a supplementary examination to mammography and ultrasound (sonography), MRI is increasingly coming to the fore for particular problems. MRI is used above all in the following cases: the differentiation of unclear changes in the breast that show up in a mammogram or sonogram, for follow-up examinations of the breast after breast cancer, for the examination of the breast before an operation for breast cancer.

The examination is pain free and uses no x-rays. It is performed in the prone position. The injection of a contrast agent is required to display the breast tissue more clearly.

Equipment information

  • High-end MRI "Philips Ingenia 1.5T"
  • High-field MRI "Philips Panorama 1.0T"
Process of examination

Before the examination

Before the examination starts, you will have to take off all metallic objects. These include also watches, hearing aids as well as cheque or credit cards. Metal parts in the body, for example fixed dentures, joint prostheses or metal plates after the operation of a fracture normally do not represent a problem. Please inform the staff if you have any metal-containing parts, in particular

  • vessel supports such as stents
  • vascular clips
  • a prosthetic heart valve
  • an insulin pump
  • metal fragments
  • tattoos

Since malfunctions may occur in the magnetic field, patients with cardiac pacemakers are excluded from the examination as are patients with inner ear prostheses (cochlear implants).

During the examination

During the examination, you are lying on a bench that is slowly moving into the opening of the system, that is in the direction of the magnet, in the beginning. You will then be completely or - for example during an examination of the knee joint - in part inside the system.
Magnet fields that are switched on and off create a relatively loud tapping noise that some patients find a nuisance. Therefore, you will get earplugs or a closed ear-protective device; you will often be able to hear music during the examination. Depending on the region of the body examined and on the problem, the examination will take a few minutes or up to half an hour.

Administration of a contrast agent

It may be necessary during an examination in the magnetic resonance imaging scanner to give you an injection of a special contrast medium. The injection is made into a systemic vein. The intravenous line is put in accordingly before examination.

Open magnetic resonance imaging

In addition to our conventional magnetic resonance imaging scanner, an open magnetic resonance imaging scanner (high-field MRI Philips Panorama) has been available to private patients and self-pay patients at the private practice "Open MRT ATOS Klinik" since September 2010. The practice is situated very near to Radiologische Gemeinschaftspraxis at Schneidmühlstr. 21.

The examination in the Panorama device constitutes a comfortable alternative for all patients, in particular for persons with

  • claustrophobia,
  • limited mobility,
  • overweight.

For more information on the open MRI, please visit: How an Open MRI works

Radiologische Gemeinschaftspraxis in der ATOS Klinik

Bismarckstraße 9-15
69115 Heidelberg
Phone +49 6221 983-200
Fax +49 06221 983-229



Opening hours

Mon–Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Please make an appointment for all examinations (except for X-ray examinations).

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