When your cancer risk is high, MRI is an important tool
If you are at high risk for breast cancer or your doctor needs a more detailed look at your breast tissue, your medical team can provide a breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam. Using a strong magnet and radio waves, MRI allows your healthcare providers to see inside your body with great clarity from multiple angles. This test does not take the place of mammography, the preferred exam to screen for breast cancer.
Your doctor may recommend that you have a breast MRI exam for the following conditions:
- Recent diagnosis of breast cancer and moderate or extremely dense breast tissue that may hide tumors on a mammogram.
- High risk for breast cancer, including carriers of genetic mutations such as BRCA1 and BRCA2, individuals with a personal history of breast cancer or a prior breast biopsy that showed abnormal cells, a strong family history of breast cancer, or those who have had chest radiation for Hodgkin's Lymphoma before age 30.
- Patients with silicone breast implants and possible implant rupture