MRI is a supplemental tool for detecting and staging breast cancer and other breast abnormalities. A board-certified, dedicated Breast Radiologist will interpret your MRI. MRI may be used to evaluate abnormalities detected by mammography and/or breast ultrasound. In certain situations such as in high risk patients or women with dense breast tissue, breast MRI can also be used as a screening tool. Current indications for breast MRI include:
- Determine tumor extent for example to see whether cancer detected by mammography or ultrasound has spread further in the breast or into the chest wall.
- Search for multiple tumors prior to breast conservation surgery.
- Determine breast implant integrity.
- Determine how much cancer has spread beyond the surgical site after a breast biopsy or lumpectomy.
- Distinguish between scar tissue and recurrent tumors.
- Screening women at high risks for breast cancer.
Your physician will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for your MRI. Please inform your physician of any medications you are taking as well as any allergies you may have. Also inform your physician regarding a recent illness or other medical conditions.
St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital Women’s Center First in Southeast Texas to be Accredited in Breast MRI Imaging by American College of Radiology.
Women should inform their physician if they are pregnant, or if there is any possibility they may be pregnant.