Breast MRI

Two Views of breast MRI scans.

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MRI of the Breast

A doctor or physician may order an MRI scan of the breast in addition to a mammography or ultrasound. An MRI is useful because it shows healthcare providers what tissue is normal, and what tissue is not. It provides clear pictures of the breast that may not be easily seen on a mammogram or ultrasound.

MRI breast two views

An MRI of the breast can show blood flow through the breast area as well as blood vessels in the breast area.

A quality MRI scan can show radiologists what may be causing your signs and symptoms and it’s important that you find the best machines and radiologists possible to receive the best imaging.

Reasons for a Breast MRI:

A breast MRI scan may be done to check for certain cancers or other illness. The MRI may show tissue that has cancer cells and tissue that does not have cancer cells.

A breast MRI can be used to guide doctors or surgeons during a procedure, such as a biopsy. An MRI scan may be used if surgery is needed to remove a growth or lump.

A MRI scan of the breast can show healthcare providers how well a treatment for a disease is working and the results of a quality MRI scan can help in the plan for the best treatment forward.

A Breast MRI may help diagnose (find):

A MRI of the breast can distinguish between scar tissue and tumors in the breast. Tumors, growths and lumps can be found and evaluated with an MRI of the breast.

A MRI of the breast can guide a biopsy.

A MRI of the breast can further evaluate difficult to determine abnormalities seen on mammograms or ultrasounds.

A breast MRI can screen for cancer in women at high risk for breast cancer.

A MRI of the breast can find cancer remaining after surgery or chemotherapy.

A breast MRI can also test for determining whether silicone implants have ruptured.

Getting a MRI:

Find out what the experience is like and what you should expect.

Before the MRI
During the MRI
After the MRI


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Breast MR from Two Views

ABOVE: Often called an MR, this mammogram captured through a MRI has been tinted to highlight the image.

Breast scans from Two Views

ABOVE: Individual MRI scans of the breast.

Breast MRI from Two Views

ABOVE: Single MRI or MR image of breast. This is considered the MRI version of a mammogram.

Bilateral mammogram from Two Views

ABOVE: This is a mammogram. See how it differs in the visual information it provides.


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