Breast MRI has emerged as an extremely helpful imaging tool in evaluating mammogram abnormalities and identifying early breast cancer, especially in women at high risk. Similar to a regular MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) in which a magnetic field is used to produce accurate and detailed images from areas inside the body, a breast MRI produces hundreds of images of the breast from side-to-side, top-to-bottom, and front-to-back. MRI of the breast is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging, but rather is a supplemental tool for detecting and staging breast cancer as well as other breast abnormalities.
MRI can help detect breast cancer in women with breast implants and younger women with dense breast tissue—all of which are difficult to image using traditional mammography. The ACR recommends only women in a high risk category qualify for a screening breast MRI. This would be women with positive genetic testing, prior radiation to the chest, and personal or strong family history of breast cancer. Also, by employing MRI in regular practice, the number of screenings per year increase for women at high risk for breast cancer, ultimately, detecting breast cancer even earlier.
Typical MRI procedures:
- Neurological/Brain Imaging
- Spine Studies
- Orthopedic - including elbow, wrist, hip, knee, foot and ankle
- Pelvis - male and female
- Advanced vascular applications
- Breast Imaging
For more information on breast MRI imaging, call (717) 242-7535.