MRI Breast for Early Detection of Breast Cancer

MRI Breast is a non-invasive medical test used to detect breast cancer and other abnormalities in the breast. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast is considered to be a highly sensitive test for cancer staging.

Breast Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is usually performed when the information provided by a mammogram, ultrasound, computed tomography or clinical breast exam is not enough for detection and diagnosis. It is considered to be an effective screening tool for detecting breast cancer. Although breast MRI has a high sensitivity of around 80 to 100 per cent, but it is not considered to be a substitute for mammography.

Breast MRI produces detailed images by using a magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer system. The specifically designed radiofrequency coils and gadolinium contrast materials have made MRI an effective tool for breast imaging. This technique is ideal to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues and other internal body structures. Ionizing radiation is not used for this test.

MRI Breast is Performed for the Following Reasons:

  • To evaluate a suspicious site detected on the mammogram or ultrasound
  • If the doctor feels a lump in your breast that has not been detected by any other imaging technique
  • To assess tumor locations
  • To assess the effect of chemotherapy
  • For early identification of breast cancer, not detected by any other imaging technique
  • To determine if cancer detected by other means has spread further
Although Breast Magnetic resonance imaging plays an important role in breast cancer detection and treatment planning, doctors need to do careful planning and analysis before recommending this medical test to the patients.

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