What is an MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses the body’s own energy, highly-sophisticated computers, and a magnetic field many times greater than the earth’s magnetic pull to see into the body to create precise pictures of your anatomy and detect any pathology.
An MRI of the breast is not influenced by breast density and is recommended for screening patients with a high risk of breast cancer due to family history, BRCA mutations and other risk factors. Breast MRI is also useful in pre-surgical planning and assessment of treatment response. Breast MRI is covered by Medicare and has been offered at RDC since 2008.
What are some common uses of a breast MRI?
- 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 mammography.
- Evaluating lumpectomy sites in the years following breast cancer treatment.
- Evaluating breast implants to determine if silicone implants have ruptured.