What is a Breast MRI?
A breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a diagnostic test used to detect breast cancer or other breast abnormalities. Multiple images of the breasts are produced and may be combined to create detailed images.
Why is a Breast MRI Performed?
A breast MRI may be recommended after a positive breast biopsy or as part of screening for those with a high risk of breast cancer such as those with:
- Previous history of breast cancer
- Positive family history of breast cancer
- Hereditary gene mutation for breast cancer
- Precancerous breast changes
- Previous history of radiation therapy to the chest.
Dr. Gordon-Thomson can help you determine if you have a high risk of breast cancer.
Breast MRIs may also be recommended to evaluate:
- Extent of breast cancer
- Status of a breast implant
- Dense breast tissue cannot be visualised clearly on a mammogram
What are the Risks Associated with a Breast MRI?
A breast MRI is mostly safe as no radiation is produced during the procedure. However, certain risks may include:
- False positive results
- Adverse reaction to the contrast dye
Who Will Interpret the Breast MRI and When Can I know the Results?
A radiologist as well as your doctor will review the scans. The findings are discussed with you at your next scheduled appointment.