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Breast MRI Services By Jim & Eleanor Randall Breast Center

What is Breast MRI?

In 2004, The New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that breast MRI surpasses mammography in detecting breast cancer in women with a family history; for example, having a mother with premenopausal breast cancer or two immediate relatives. Cancers were consistently detected at a smaller size and earlier stage.

The radiologists at The Jim & Eleanor Randall Breast Center recognize that breast MRI is a powerful tool to screen these high-risk women, but acknowledge that false positive results can cause unnecessary concerns. Therefore, we make use of computer-aided diagnosis and high-resolution ultrasound prior to breast MRI testing to avoid false alarms that an MRI might generate. MRI is not a substitute for a screening mammogram.

Breast MRI is a procedure that uses Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), an imaging device that creates a combination of magnetic fields and radio waves (no radiation) to produce images of the human anatomy, specifically breast tissue. Each exam produces hundreds of images and 3-dimensional views of the breast. This information allows for improved surgical and treatment decision-making.

What circumstances call for Breast MRI?

In most circumstances, mammography, ultrasound, and physical examinations will be sufficient for a diagnostic assessment. Breast MRI is used in two special circumstances:

  • When a mammogram and ultrasound is inconclusive to the existence of breast cancer or how far the disease has spread.
  • To detect silicone implant rupture.

What are the benefits of having a Breast MRI?

Early detection improves survival and expands treatment options. MRI is more accurate in evaluating these features:

  • Size of the tumor.
  • Lymph node involvement.
  • Metastases.
  • Response to treatment (chemo and radiation therapy).

These measurements impact the type of treatment you receive such as a lumpectomy or a mastectomy.