What is the role of magnetic resonance mammography (breast MRI) in breast cancer assessment?

Updated: Feb 25, 2019
  • Author: Preeti Gupta, MD, FRCR; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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Breast MRI is used as an adjunct to conventional mammographic assessment.

It provides additional information in the following ways:

  • Finding breast cancer not detected by other imaging modalities in women with increased risk. [1, 16, 2]

  • Finding breast cancer not detected by other imaging modalities in women with dense breasts. [17]

  • Finding additional disease in recently diagnosed breast cancer cases (multifocal, multicentric, or bilateral disease).

  • Finding an invasive component in ductal carcinoma in situ lesions. [18]


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