Breast MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive test that uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and other internal body structures. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays).

MRI of the breast offers valuable information about the breast tissue and many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as digital mammography or ultrasound alone.

MRI of the breast is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging but rather a supplemental tool that may be used for:

  • Screening in women at high risk for breast cancer
  • Determining the extent of cancer after a new diagnosis of breast cancer
  • Further evaluating hard-to-assess abnormalities seen on digital mammography
  • Evaluating surgical sites in the years following breast cancer treatment
  • Following chemotheraphy treatment
  • Evaluating breast implants

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