Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may help physicians evaluate the extent of a known breast cancer, screen high-risk patients and further evaluate areas of concern found by mammograms, ultrasounds or during physical examinations.
The American Cancer Society recommends breast MRI for women with a 20-25 percent lifetime risk for breast cancer.
Consider breast MRI for:
- Pre-surgical planning
- Provides accurate location, shape and extent of lesion
- Pinpoints blood supply
- Helps determine single vs. multifocal disease, which affects how conservative or radical the surgery may be
- Monitoring response to treatment
- High-risk patients, including those with personal or family history, high-risk lesions, BRCA 1 and 2 positive generic tests, or history of radiation (for lymphoma, childhood scoliosis, etc.)
- Auxiliary mass with negative mammography
- Patients who are unable to have mammograms (for various reasons)