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Is FAST Breast MRI right for you?

To learn if you are a candidate for this breast cancer screening method, complete our FAST Breast MRI appointment request which includes a brief survey

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FAST Breast MRI

A Proactive Option to Supplement Breast Cancer Screening

Cape Cod Healthcare was the first healthcare system in the state to offer the pioneering technology of First post-contrast Acquisition SubTracted (FAST) Breast MRI, an abbreviated and less-expensive version of a breast MRI. Like a conventional MRI, this method uses radiofrequency waves and a strong magnetic field to provide a detailed view of breast tissue, detecting tissue abnormalities, as well as vascular function within the breast which can show blood flow to and from a tumor. It is a self-pay option (cost is $450) for women who do not meet criteria for a standard breast MRI, due to less than 20% lifetime risk of breast cancer, who would like an additional level of screening. FAST Breast MRI may not be right for everyone and traditional mammograms remain a viable option for women in accordance with their doctor’s advice.

Benefits of a FAST Breast MRI

  • FAST MRI can be performed as an extra level of screening in between routine mammograms or as a companion screening to a routine mammogram. It is a good tool to detect small tumors that may not be visible on a mammogram.
  • It provides additional layer of testing for women who are diagnosed as having dense breast tissue.
  • FAST MRI can be instrumental in revealing particularly aggressive cancers. It detects tumors that are vascular and can grow quickly in between annual mammograms.
  • The testing process takes under 5 minutes, compared to 40 minutes of a traditional MRI, is radiation-free and painless.
  • Results are received within 48 hours. An abnormal FAST breast MRI result will be followed up with a diagnostic conventional MRI.

Locations Offering FAST Breast MRI

For your convenience, FAST Breast MRI is available through our Women’s Health Centers:

Both FAST and conventional breast MRI are conducted utilizing a 3 Tesla MRI scanner (the most powerful FDA-approved scanning available south of Boston) at Cuda Women’s Health Center in Hyannis and a 1.5T MRI scanner at Falmouth Hospital.

Cape Cod Women’s Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Fund

This special fund assists with covering the cost of screening not covered by health insurance, including:

  • 3D Mammography
  • FAST Breast MRI
  • Genetic testing

For more information, please call (508) 957-1623.