Breast MRI

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.

  • University of Cape Town
  • King Edward VII's Hospital
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Royal Hospital for Women
  • prime wales hospital
  • BreastScreen Australia