What is Breast MRI
Breast MRI is another tool (in addition to mammography and ultrasound) used to diagnose breast cancer. Breast MRI should not replace mammography, but may be used in addition to a mammogram and ultrasound to determine the stage of the cancer and identify any other breast lesions.
MRI uses magnetic imaging without exposing the patient to radiation. It allows the radiologist to view soft tissue, bone and other structures in the body and guide treatment options based on the findings.
Candidates for Breast MRI
- Women with a new diagnosis of breast cancer to evaluate the extent of disease and rule out other lesions
- Women at high risk for breast cancer (>25% lifetime risk)
- Women receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy to determine response
- Women previously treated for breast cancer to distinguish scar from recurrence
Northwest Imaging Breast MRI
Breast MRIs are read by Dr. Gary Wood who has specialized in women's imaging for the past 15 years. He directs a cutting-edge practice with continued advanced education and new technology. He will take the time to talk to you about your options, recommend a specialist if necessary, and will be there to answer your questions.
To schedule a Breast MRI, call 469-8961. You must have a physician's order to schedule this procedure.