Breast MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the breast is a special breast imaging technique which utilizes intravenous contrast while obtaining multiple cross-sectional images of your breasts, muscle and chest wall. Image processing and CAD (Computer Aided Detection) system are used for review and interpretation by a board certified radiologist. MRI is highly sensitive for evaluating abnormalities seen on ultrasound or mammography but can also detect lesions that are not-palpable or not seen on mammography. It is especially helpful in women with dense breast tissue or implants which may limit other imaging options. Although used for the detection of breast cancer, it can also be beneficial in evaluating treatment effectiveness or disease in the unaffected breast or breast implant integrity. Optimal imaging requires specific patient scheduling with 7-10 days of their menstrual cycle, cessation of hormone replacement therapy for 30 days and careful safety screening.