Breast MRI is a special type of MRI focused solely on the female breast. Breast MRI can visualize small abnormalities missed by mammography and may be useful in screening women at high risk for breast cancer, according to recent studies. Breast MRI is highly sensitive to small abnormalities and can image breast implants and ruptures as well as dense breasts.
We also use breast MRI to:
- Evaluate inverted nipples for evidence of cancer
- Evaluate the extent of breast cancer
- Determine what type of surgery is indicated (lumpectomy or mastectomy)
- Detect breast cancer recurrences and residual tumors after lumpectomy
- Locate primary tumors in women whose cancer has spread to axillary (armpit) lymph nodes