A breast MRI is the most sensitive breast imaging test available. When used with conventional mammography, breast MRI can provide valuable information for detecting and characterizing breast disease.
Breast MRI is ideal for a wide range of indications in breast disease management, including screening for cancer in high-risk women.
Breast MRI has been known to detect small breast cancers that mammography cannot see. MRI provides an excellent way to image dense breast tissue, which can sometimes make it difficult to see through on mammograms.
Why breast MRI?
- Screen for cancer for women that are at high risk for developing breast cancer
- Screen for cancer in women who have had breast cancer
- Evaluate implant integrity and detect cancer in women with breast augmentation
- Detect cancer that cannot be seen with conventional imaging
- Characterize lesions
- Determine the extent of cancer
- Monitor cancer therapy
- Evaluate patients with positive surgical margins for residual cancer
Who should consider breast MRI?
The Breast Center is one of the few breast centers in the nation to offer breast MRI within the center. We employ a GE SIGNA™ MR with a specialization in breast imaging. In this video, Dr. Bennet Battle and Dr. Holly Gonzales talk about who should consider breast MRI.
A world-renowned MRI expert, Dr. Steven Harms, developed the dedicated breast MRI. An Arkansas native, he joined The Breast Center in 2004. Dr. Harms’ expertise attracts patients and physicians from around the world to seek care and training at The Breast Center. Although he retired from full-time practice in 2020, Dr. Harms remains on staff as an advisor.
Breast MRI facts:
- Most sensitive screening for breast cancer
- No x-ray radiation
- No breast compression
- Requires the injection of a small amount of clear contrast medication
- Uniquely suited for a number of indications that may be limited with mammography
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