Guide to getting an MRI before Breast Surgery or Breast Implants


Will you need to get an MRI before breast implant surgery or other Breast Augmentation procedures? Here’s a general GUIDE to getting an MRI before your Breast Procedure.

Patients Who May Need An MRI Before Having Breast Implants or other Corrective or Reconstructive Breast Surgery

  • Patients who are scheduling surgery to Remove or Replace their Breast Implants
  • Patients with Breast Asymmetry (uneven breast size)
  • Breast Surgery performed elsewhere and where the implant size and type is unknown
  • Patients with possible breast implant rupture including silent rupture


Reasons you may need an MRI scan before having Breast Surgery

  • To check for existing breast implant integrity – to investigate the capsule/fibrous tissues
  • To evaluate a suspected breast implant rupture (MRI is better than a CT Scan or Ultrasound for detecting and assessing implant ruptures)
  • To assess Breast Asymmetry and Uneven Breast Proportions (Volumetric differences between the two breasts before you have Augmentation Surgery or Implant revisions)
  • Determine the breast FAT TO GLAND Ratios (this informs the Liposuction OR fat grafting strategy for better breast shaping)
  • Discover accurate Breast Volumes rather than estimates
  • To check for complications such as a Haematoma or Seroma that might have developed after surgery
  • Post-op for a Breast Augmentation about the 10 year check-up mark (although some women may choose to have them more regularly, such as every 2 to 3 years)

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An MRI scan may also be indicated to evaluate Abdominal Pain after a Tummy Tuck/Abdominoplasty procedure.

About getting an MRI Scan of the breasts

  • You must have NO METAL in your body to undergo an MRI – be sure you alert your Clinician to any suspected metals in your body and all prior surgery experiences
  • Scheduling an MRI is recommended for between Day 5 and Day 15 of your menstrual cycle
  • Some people find MRI™s a bit noisy or potentially claustrophobic, but modern rooms are very comfortable and large; plus the MRI procedure often takes less than 30 minutes – let your Clinician know if you’re concerned
  • Contrast may be used. This means an injection may be given, with dye, to help provide a more accurate MRI reading
  • You’ll usually be given a private room to change into a gown, and have your scan in a hospital gown (usually open at the back, not the front)
  • You’ll typically be in and out of the MRI scan within 90 minutes max, and sometimes as little as 30 to 60 minutes – it all depends on how tightly the MRI clinic runs to it’s appointment schedule.
  • It’s best to allow 90 minutes or more – just in case it takes longer.

Prices: How much does an MRI scan cost in Melbourne (MRI of the breast area)

  • The price range of getting an MRI in Melbourne is around $400 to $650 out of pocket cost(s)
  • For some patients, Medicare Rebates or health fund cost contributions may be available for an MRI scan
  • Planning ahead is best. You can call around and find out who has the best prices OR who can get you in at a time frame that you need to proceed with surgery.

How to get an MRI if you’ve been recommended to get one before your breast augmentation/breast implant procedures.

  • You need a specific referral from your Plastic Surgeon
  • Book in with an MRI provider and attend your appointment
  • Allow about 1 hour to 90 minutes as some MRI and radiology clinics can have schedule changes
  • The report will usually be ready to pick up in a day or two (or delivered to your Surgeon)
  • They will sometimes give your images directly to you to take to your next appointment with your Surgeon. It can vary – ask when you book in.
  • Be sure you give the MRI clinic the full contact details, including your Surgeon’s full name, provider ID, FAX NUMBER and EMAIL and POSTAL ADDRESS, where you need the MRI scan report to go to.
  • If you DO get your images, be sure to take them with you to your next Surgeon’s appointment.

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MRI Scan Clinics – Recommended Radiology & MRI Scan Providers (Melbourne)

FMIG – Future Medical Imaging Group – Anthony Taranto
Bridge Rd Imaging (Assoc Prof Richard Sullivan)


Breast Imaging Victoria East Melbourne – Mammogram
Breast Screen – Mammogram
Cabrini Medical imaging
Capital Radiology
FMIG Footscray
MIVIR – Dr John Vratzis
Epworth Imaging
Epworth Richmond
Healthcare imaging Services – 32 locations
High Street Medical and Dental – Preston
I-RAD Digital Sunshine – Ultrasound
Lake Imaging North Melb, Sunbury, Caroline Springs
Masada Hospital, Balaclava
MDI Radiology
MIA Doncaster and other locations
Ringwood Radiology
St Lukes Hospital imaging Centre
St Vincents Private Radiology – Fitzroy
Western Health Radiology – St Albans

Regional & Interstate MRI SCAN/RADIOLOGY Provider Locations

  • Bairnsdale Hospital Imaging
  • Bendigo Hospital
  • Geelong Medical Imaging
  • Latrobe Regional Hospital
  • Marina Radiology
  • Regional imaging Albury
  • Darwin Medical Imaging
  • Armidale Radiology NSW

Breast Ultrasound scans are also increasing in use as a clinical assessment tool for breast implant assessments.


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Sources/further reading about increased Ultrasound requests for breast implant imaging and rupture detection:

MRI or Ultrasound?

The Expanding Role of Diagnostic Ultrasound in Plastic Surgery

Author: E Swanson – ‎2018

Last updated: 11/07/2019
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Dr Craig Rubinstein - MBBS, FRACS (Plast)
Dr Craig Rubinstein MBBS, FRACS (Plast), a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, is one of Australia's most respected Melbourne Surgeons for Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift (Mastopexy), Breast Reduction surgery and Abdominoplasty procedures. Using advanced surgical techniques to gain better body contouring and natural-looking surgical results, Dr Rubinstein is highly regarded by peers and patients for best-practice Clinic Patient-care and patient education strategies. He published a chapter on corrective surgery for Breast Asymmetry. Qualifications/Training Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) The Australian Medical Association (AMA) American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS) Founder: Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men - Plastic Surgeons Group Bio Page: