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Breast MRI

MRI of the breast is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging but rather a supplemental tool for detecting and staging breast cancer and other breast abnormalities.

MR Imaging of the breast is performed to:

  • evaluate abnormalities detected by mammography
  • identify early breast cancer not detected through other means, especially in women with dense breast tissue and those at high risk for the disease.
  • screen for cancer in women who have implants or scar tissue that might jeopardize an accurate result from a mammogram.
  • determine the integrity of breast implants.
  • distinguish between scar tissue and recurrent tumors.
  • assess multiple tumor locations.
  • look for multiple tumors prior to breast conservation surgery.
  • determine whether cancer detected by mammography or ultrasound has spread further in the breast or into the chest wall.
  • determine how much cancer has spread beyond the surgical site after a breast biopsy or lumpectomy.
  • provide additional information on a diseased breast to make treatment decisions.

Without contrast material, an MRI of the breast can show:

  • breast tissue density.
  • cysts
  • enlarged ducts
  • hematomas
  • leaking or ruptured breast implants

By comparing breast images taken before and after contrast material injection, an MRI exam can determine:

  • if there are breast abnormalities.
  • whether an abnormality looks benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
  • the size and location of any abnormality that looks malignant.
  • the presence of enlarged lymph nodes.

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