Breast MR is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that uses magnets and radio waves to take a detailed image of the breast. The hour-long procedure is painless and considered very safe. Because this technology does not use radiation like other diagnostic tools (X-ray or CT scan), the procedure can be used on women younger than 40 and can be used more frequently for women at high risk. This technology is used to complement other imaging systems, and does not replace conventional mammography or ultrasound.
Breast MR is used to:
- Evaluate abnormalities detected by a mammogram
- Identify early breast cancer in those with a heightened risk (family history) or with dense breast tissue
- Screen women with implants or with scar tissue that might otherwise make a reading difficult
- Determine the integrity of breast implants
- Assess or look for multiple tumors