Breast MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging for breast cancer detection

A breast MRI provides a more comprehensive picture than other imaging techniques. Your physician may order a breast MRI to:

  • Screen for breast cancer and abnormalities in high-risk patients
  • Detect breast cancer in women who may have difficulty with other imaging techniques due to breast implants, prior surgery or dense tissue
  • Determine the extent of breast cancer
  • Monitor response to therapy in breast cancer patients
  • Post-operative evaluation
  • Monitor for cancer recurrence
  • Differentiate scar tissue from cancer recurrence
  • Evaluate the integrity of breast implants

Breast imaging for high risk patients

MRI scans are playing a larger role in the detection of breast cancer in very high risk patients. Patients with a family history of breast cancer, and known or likely carriers of the BRCA (“breast cancer”) gene, are potential candidates for breast MRI.

Scripps radiologists have access to advanced software technology, which helps to double-check the process of detecting and localizing lesions within breast tissue. The software provides quantitative measurements that are interpreted by radiologists, which helps surgeons and other clinicians design a treatment plan.