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Breast MRI

MRI of the breast is a supplement for mammography or ultrasound imaging to detect and stage breast cancer and other breast abnormalities. It offers valuable information about many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound.

MRI imaging of the breast is performed 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.
  • Evaluate abnormalities detected by mammography or ultrasound.
  • Assess multiple tumor locations, especially prior to breast conservation surgery.
  • Determine whether cancer detected by mammography, ultrasound, or after surgical biopsy has spread further in the breast or into the chest wall.
  • Assess the effect of chemotherapy.
  • Provide additional information on a diseased breast to make treatment decisions.
  • Determine the integrity of breast implants.
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