What is MRI?
MRI is a sophisticated technology that stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. By using a computer, a magnetic field and radio waves (instead of x-rays), the MRI produces detailed images of the soft tissues in the body-from any angle and with great clarity. It is a vital diagnostic tool in breast health when used in conjunction with mammography and ultrasound. The increased level of detail that MRI offers helps make a more informed diagnosis. You will not be exposed to radiation while having a breast MRI.
MRI technology has been in clinical use for over 30 years, providing information to physicians to help in early diagnosis and treatment of disease.
The technology has been used successfully in breast imaging and is playing an increasingly important role in earlier diagnostic accuracy.
Should I have a breast MRI? And why choose Aurora Dedicated Breast MRI?
The Aurora Breast MRI system is the only commercially available, FDA-cleared, MRI system designed specifically for 3D bilateral breast imaging.
Our Aurora Breast MRI provides 3-D Pictures of both breasts, the chest wall and the lymph nodes located under each arm. The high-resolution bilateral images have allowed specialists to make earlier and more accurate diagnoses. In addition, a breast MRI does not require compression of the breast.
Younger women and women who have dense breast (comprised of more glands than fat), can be difficult to image using mammography. Studies have shown that breast MRI is more effective in imaging dense breasts.
Breast MRI Checklist
Review the Breast MRI Checklist to the right to help determine if you are a candidate.
Naturally, if you have any question or concerns about your breast health, please contact your physician or call Aurora Breast Center 1-210-247-0888
The American Cancer Society recommends that women at high risk for breast cancer add an annual breast MRI screening to their yearly mammogram. The following are criteria for women who may be at increased risk for breast cancer.
Check the box(es) that are appropriate for you, then bring this to your next appointment with your healthcare provider to discuss breast MRI.
- Do you have a personal or family history of breast and/ or ovarian cancer?
- Have you been tested and found to have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation?
- Do you have a first-degree relative (parent, brother, sister, or child) with the BRCA! Or BRCA2 gene mutation, and have not had genetic testing yourself?
- Have you had radiation to the chest between the ages of 10 and 30?
- Do you have Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Cowden syndrome, or Bannayan0Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome, or have one of these syndromes in first-degree relatives?
- Have you been told that you have a lifetime risk of breast cancer of 20% to 25% or greater, according to a risk assessment tools based mainly on family history?
- Have you been told that you are at moderately increased lifetime risk (15% to 20%) for developing breast cancer? If yes, you should talk with your doctor about the benefits and limitations of adding a MRI screening to your yearly mammogram.
In addition, a breast MRI is used for the following purposes:
- To characterize the lesion(s) with an incomplete or abnormal mammogram
- To evaluate implant integrity and detect cancer in women with breast augmentation
- To determine the extent of recently diagnosed cancer
- To monitor cancer therapy
- To assess cancer recurrence in breast cancer survivors
A more accurate mammogram —
now available at Aurora Cancer Center
3-D mammography is an FDA-approved advanced technology that takes multiple images, or X-rays, of breast tissue to recreate a 3-D picture of the breast. You may also hear it called breast tomosynthesis. It’s different from traditional mammography In that traditional mammography obtains just a single image.
These multiple images of breast tissue slices give doctors a clearer image of breast masses. It makes it easier to detect breast cancer. This is especially important for women with dense breast tissue.