MRI Breast

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        MRI of the breast is a tool for detecting and staging breast cancer and other breast abnormalities. MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound.
  1. Without contrast material, an MRI of the breast can show:
  2. breast tissue density.
  3. cysts.
  4. enlarged ducts.
  5. hematomas.
  6. leaking or ruptured breast implants.
  7. the presence of enlarged lymph nodes.
  1. By comparing breast images taken before and after contrast material injection, an MRI exam can determine:
  2. if there are breast abnormalities.
  3. whether an abnormality looks benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
  4. the size and location of any abnormality that looks malignant.
 
                   
 
 

 

  1. MR imaging of the breast is performed to:
  2. assess multiple tumor locations, especially prior to breast conservation surgery.
  3. identify early breast cancer not detected through other means, especially in women with dense breast tissue and those at high risk for the disease.
  4. evaluate abnormalities detected by mammography or ultrasound.
  5. distinguish between scar tissue and recurrent tumors.
  6. determine whether cancer detected by mammography, ultrasound, or after surgical biopsy has spread further in the breast or into the chest wall.
  7. assess the effect of chemotherapy.
  8. provide additional information on a diseased breast to make treatment decisions.
  9. determine the integrity of breast implants.
 
 
 
 
                            
How is the procedure performed?

MRI examinations may be performed on outpatients . You will be positioned on the moveable examination table. Straps and bolsters may be used to help you stay still and maintain the correct position during imaging. For an MRI of the breast, you will lie face down on your stomach with your breasts hanging freely into cushioned openings, which are surrounded by a breast coil, which is a signal receiver that works with the MRI unit to create the images. If a contrast material will be used in the MRI exam, a nurse or technologist will insert an intravenous (IV) line into a vein in your hand or arm. A saline solution will drip through the IV to prevent blockage of the IV line until the contrast material is injected.

 
                       
 
 
                                       
 
 
                                     
 
 
                                         
 
 
                 
 
 
                                
 
 
               
 
 
                  
 
 
                       
 
 
                       
                     
 
 
                     
 
 
                      
 
 
                        
 
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