The Use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

A non-invasive scan using magnetic fields to produce tissue images- helps physicians form a more complete understanding of the natures and properties for a specific area of concern. Breast MRI is typically performed as a supporting evaluation to mammography, ultrasound and breast biopsy. Some of the reasons to perform a breast MRI include:

  • to assess multiple tumor locations, especially prior to breast conservation surgery
  • to identify early breast cancer not detected through other means, especially in women with dense breast tissue and those at high risk for the disease
  • to evaluate abnormalities detected by mammography or ultrasound
  • to distinguish between scar tissue and recurrent tumors
  • to determine whether cancer detected by mammography, ultrasound, or after surgical biopsy has spread further in the breast or into the chest wall
  • to assess the effect of chemotherapy
  • to provide additional information on a diseased breast to make treatment decisions
  • to determine the integrity of breast implants

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