What Does an MRI Show

  • Nothing Hopefully
  • But if it does, lets hope it in its early stages.
  • Determining the extent of cancer after a new diagnosis of breast cancer
  • After being diagnosed with breast cancer, a breast MRI may be performed to determine:

    • how large the cancer is and whether it involves the underlying muscle.
    • if there are other cancers in the same breast and whether there is an unsuspected cancer in the opposite breast.
    • if there are any abnormally large lymph nodes in the armpit, which can be a sign the cancer has spread to that site.
  • Further evaluating hard-to-assess abnormalities seen on mammography

    Sometimes an abnormality seen on a mammogram cannot be adequately evaluated by additional mammography and ultrasound alone. In these rare cases, MRI can be used to definitively determine if the abnormality needs biopsy or can safely be left alone.

  • Evaluating lumpectomy sites in the years following breast cancer treatment

    Scarring and recurrent cancer can look identical on mammography and ultrasound. If there is a change in a lumpectomy scar by either mammography or on a physical exam, MRI can help determine whether the change is normal maturation of the scar or a recurrence of the cancer.

  • Following chemotherapy treatment in patients getting Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy

    In some cases, breast cancer will be treated with chemotherapy before it has been removed by surgery. In these cases, MRI is often used to monitor how well the chemotherapy is working and to reevaluate the amount of tumor still present before the surgery is performed.

  • Evaluating breast implants

 

 

 

 

 

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