Breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a highly advanced technology that uses a magnetic field and radio waves instead of X-rays to produce images of breast tissue. Breast MRI can be used for both screening and diagnostic mammography. A physician referral is required.
Breast MRI provides valuable information for the detection and diagnosis of breast disease. It can accurately measure the size of a breast tumor and detect other potentially cancerous areas prior to surgery in order to plan treatment. Breast MRI is also helpful for screening patients who are at higher risk for breast cancer due to genetics or strong family history, and it plays an important role in the post-surgical and post-radiation follow-up. This imaging technology is also sometimes used to diagnose breast implant rupture.