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Where and how can I get an MRI for a large woman with very large breasts 52G?

Yesterday I went to have an MRI done on my breasts, the technician was unable to perform the test because my breasts were too large. My bra size is 52G and I my height is 5 foot 3 inches and weigh 308 lbs.  Is there a way to get an MRI? Or some other procedure beside the standard mammogram?
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Hello and welcome to MedHelp's forums.  I'm sorry to hear you are having this difficulty for diagnostic testing.  Did your doctor have any suggestions.  Ordinarily, if breasts are too large, they use multiple sheets to do the imaging and do it in sections. However, that's not ideal.  

Why are you having an MRI of your breasts?  This is not a routine screening tool. https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/mri/screening

Our suggestion is to speak with your doctor and find out what their recommendations are and please let us know what you are told.
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The MRI was prescribed by the doctor and they did do my mammogram in sections.  I must admit I'm feeling sad and have become painfully aware of my larger than normal breasts and body.  To date I've tried 4 times , each time the rejection is more painful than the last.  I'm trying another MRI machine tomorrow.  I'm trying to stay positive. It's becoming more and more difficult.
15695260 tn?1549596713
I'm sorry it is so hard.  One thing to do is to perhaps go over your size when making the appointment.  This is a problem that is well talked about in the medical community with many knowing they need to do more to accommodate everyone for necessary testing.  They do make machines that can accommodate you, however, not every facility will have them so it is best to ask.  I am sure that working on weight issues is something that you do and we have communities for that and people that are in the same boat and want to help.  Let me know if you need direction to those forums.  We are here to support you.  Let us know how it goes tomorrow.  
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Thanks Sara. I'll let you know how it goes tomo.  Hopefully since the appointment was made through the facility the outcome will be successful. I am new to the MedHelp  community and just stumbled upon the website. Thanks again for your suggestions.
15695260 tn?1549596713
Hello.  I wanted to circle back around and follow up with you.  How did this turn out?  I would love an update.  All the best to you.
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A lot has happened. I found several places and had several MRI's done. I then had a partial mastectomy of both breasts performed in late June and am now having radiation therapy.  Fortunately I will not need Chemotherapy but will be on hormone therapy for 5 years. Thank you so much for checking up on me. I'm going  through all of this alone.
Wow, a lot sure has definitely happened.  I am sorry about the diagnosis and partial mastectomies'.  That surgery is worth it though to save your life!  Radiation is not easy but so glad you will not need chemo.  You are not alone.  I'm going to reach out to a couple of members to chat with you here so you have people to talk to.  We have some supportive people that I know would not want you to ever feel alone.  Lok for a private message from them in the next couple of days.  We are here to help and support you.  Wishing you all the best.
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