What are advantages of magnetic resonance mammography (breast MRI)?

Updated: Feb 25, 2019
  • Author: Preeti Gupta, MD, FRCR; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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The advantages of breast MRI include the following:

  • No ionizing radiation.

  • Multiplanar capability.

  • Capability of imaging the entire breast volume and chest wall.

  • 3-dimensional (3D) lesion mapping with techniques such as maximum intensity projection (MIP) slab 3D reconstruction.

  • Detection of occult, multifocal, or residual malignancy.

  • Accurate size estimation for invasive carcinoma. [21]

  • Good spatial resolution.

  • Ability to image regional lymph nodes (axillary as well as internal mammary).


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