Breast MRIBreast MRI is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging, but rather is a supplemental tool for detecting and staging breast cancer and other breast abnormalities. MRI is used to:
- evaluate abnormalities detected by mammography.
- identify early breast cancer not detected through other means, especially in women with dense breast tissue and those at high risk for the disease.
- determine the integrity of breast implants.
- distinguish between scar tissue and recurrent tumors.
- assess multiple tumor locations.
- check the progress of chemotherapy.
- look for multiple tumors prior to breast conservation surgery.
- determine whether cancer detected by mammography or ultrasound has spread further in the breast or into the chest wall.
- determine how much cancer has spread beyond the surgical site after a breast biopsy or lumpectomy.
- provide additional information on a diseased breast to make treatment decisions.
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