How Does A Breast MRI Help To Diagnose Breast Cancer?
During diagnostic examinations, it is helpful to get a variety of images and perspectives. If your initial exams are not conclusive, your doctor may recommend a breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to assess the size and specific location within the breast. An MRI can also identify any other abnormal findings within the breast.
During a breast MRI, a magnet connected to a computer transmits magnetic energy and radio waves (not radiation) through the breast tissue. It scans the tissue, making detailed pictures of areas within the breast. These images help the medical team distinguish between normal and diseased tissue.
Dense Breast Tissue
For women with very dense breast tissue and a family history of breast cancer, it is standard of care to get a breast MRI done annually as well as a mammogram annually, rotating these imaging studies every 6 months. (Mammogram, then 6 months later a breast MRI, then 6 months later a mammogram, etc.)
Abnormal mammogram result? Be informed and ask the right questions.
If your mammogram screening was abnormal, don’t panic. The free resource, Abnormal Mammograms and What to Do Next, details the different kinds of tests you may need and includes a list of specific questions to ask your doctor at your next appointment. Be prepared to understand your results and empowered with critical information about your next steps.
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