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Release Date
March 7, 2014

Expiration Date
April 1, 2021

Mary Perrine, RT (MR)(NM)
Chief Breast MRI Technologist
Fairfax Radiological Consultants



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MAC: OS version 10.8/10.9, Intel processor, at least 2GB RAM, Safari version 6.2, FireFox 33.0


4712-401T MRI for Technologists
Breast MRI

NOTE: This course expires April 1, 2021

If you want credit, this course must be completed (i.e. view course content (PDF file), pass the posttest, AND print the certificate) by no later than March 31, 2021

Please note, after this course has expired, no aspect of the course will be accessible, including the course material.

Format: Online Course
Credit: 1.5 ARRT Category A
Tuition: $22.50  Special Sale: $5.00
Certificates of Credit accepted by ARMRIT

MRI for Technologists is a training program designed to meet the needs of radiologic technologists entering or working in the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These units are designed to augment classroom instruction and on-site training for radiologic technology students and professionals planning to take the review board examinations, as well as to provide a review for those looking to refresh their knowledge base in MR imaging.

The skill of the technologist is the single most important factor in obtaining good quality diagnostic images. A successful MRI examination is the culmination of many factors under the direct control of the technologist.

MRI for Technologists: Breast MRI introduces the reader to the role of MRI in the screening and detection of breast cancer.  While mammography remains the gold standard for screening and diagnostic exams, the high sensitivity of BMRI often provides the ability to detect cancers not seen on other breast imaging modalities. BMRI also serves an important role in pre- and postoperative evaluation and planning.

After a review of the anatomy of the breast, the role of gadolinium-based contrast agents will be explained, as well as patient screening in light of the safety concerns of contrast-enhanced MRI. Benign and malignant conditions will be covered, followed by an explanation of patient preparation and performance of MRI-guided biopsy. Finally, sample protocols for routine BMRI, silicone implant, and biopsy are provided.

After completing this educational material, the learner should be able to:

  • Describe the anatomy of the breast
  • List the clinical indications for breast MRI
  • Discuss benign and malignant findings on breast MRI
  • Describe the benefit of using intravenous contrast agents and associated patient risk factors
  • Properly position the patient for MR imaging and MRI-guided breast biopsy
  • Implement a breast MRI-guided biopsy protocol

This program has been approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 1.5 hours of ARRT Category A continuing education credit.

Tuition for this course includes:

  • Downloadable course content
  • Unlimited access to the course
  • Certificate of Credit

ICPME accepts American Express, MasterCard, and Visa.

Please note: tuition payments are non-refundable.

How to Enroll and Participate
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  • From the course home page, click the buttons for POSTTEST and for EVALUATION.
  • A passing grade of at least 75% is required to receive credit. You may take the test up to three times.
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Mary Perrine, RT (MR)(NM)
Chief Breast MRI Technologist
Fairfax Radiological Consultants
Fairfax, Virginia

Mary Perrine has been an MRI technologist since 1988. She joined Fairfax Radiological Consultants in Fairfax, Virginia, in 1994 and was promoted to senior technologist in 1998. Ms. Perrine helped develop and establish the breast MRI program at FRC with Dr. Elise Berman and has worked in the role of Chief Technologist since the program was founded in 2005, providing oversight of the breast imaging program.

Our thanks to Mary Perrine for her update of this material and Patricia Spry, RT, (R)(MR), MRI Technology Manager, Elizabeth Wende Breast Center, Rochester, NY for her clinical review of this material.

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Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.