Along with mammography and ultrasound, breast MRI can be an effective diagnostic tool. Breast MRI is often used for women who are at greater risk of developing breast cancer or who have dense breast tissue or implants - cases in which mammography is less effective at detecting abnormalities. This technique offers a more comfortable experience for women, and is used to:
Assess the extent of breast cancer.
Determine the effectiveness of chemotherapy or radiation therapy during breast cancer treatment.
Further evaluate abnormalities that were found during a mammogram or clinical exam.
Provide additional detail for treatment planning.
MRIs use magnetic imaging to view soft tissue, bone and other structures in the body and guide treatment options based on the findings. Breast MRI should not replace mammography, but may be used in addition to a mammogram and ultrasound to determine the stage of cancer and identify any other breast lesions.
Candidates for Breast MRI:
- Women at high risk for breast cancer (greater than 25 percent lifetime risk)
- Women previously treated for breast cancer to distinguish scar from recurrence
- Women receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy to determine response
- Women with a new diagnosis of breast cancer to evaluate the extent of disease and rule out other lesions
A breast MRI can only be scheduled with a referral from your physician and is not an elective diagnostic test.
For more information, please contact:
Cedar Park Regional Imaging Center
715 Discovery Blvd., Suite 102
Cedar Park, TX 78613