Dr. Steven Harms photographed with the Breast MRI at The Breast Center in Fayetteville. Dr. Harms is one of the world's leading experts in breast MRI.
MRI of the breasts has emerged
as a new technique in the evaluation of breast
disease. When used in conjunction with mammography, breast
MRI can provide valuable information for the detection and characterization
of breast disease. MRI doesn’t replace mammography – it’s
a different imaging technique that provides additional information.
At The Breast Center, we offer the only dedicated Breast MRI System in Northwest Arkansas. According to a study published in the October 2012 issue of Radiology, use of a specialized breast MRI scanner led to a sharp decline in false positives compared to breast imaging on whole-body MRI scanners.
Each MRI produces hundreds of images of
the breast from side-to-side, top-to-bottom, and front-to-back. The images
are then interpreted by a Dr. Harms. Because MRI allows
us to see inside
from any angle with great clarity, it gives us a wealth of information more
quickly and, in many cases, more economically than other tests
and exploratory surgeries.
Breast MRI has been shown to detect small breast cancer lesions that are sometimes missed by mammography, and MRI can successfully image the dense breast, usually found in younger women, for underlying and unsuspected breast cancers. Breast MR can evaluate Breast implants faster, safer, and with less patient discomfort.
- No X-ray radiation
- Does not require
uncomfortable breast compression.
- Does require the injection
of a small amount of clear liquid (contrast medium) into
the blood stream during one
phase of the examination to provide
analysis of breast tissue (blood flow related to the presence of
Breast Tumors (Cancer).
- Uniquely suited for a number of
indications that may be limited with Mammography. (See
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