What is Breast MRI and how is it useful?
Based on the results of your last mammogram, or your medical/family history of breast cancer, your physician may recommend a breast MRI exam.
Breast MRI is the most sensitive, and thereby considered by most experts to be the best imaging technology available for detecting breast cancer. Since a breast MRI detects almost all invasive breast cancers, even the smallest, it is revolutionizing the way we diagnose and treat breast cancer.
Unlike mammography, breast MRI uses no radiation. Instead, radiofrequency waves in a magnetic field create hundreds of images of the breast. The images are captured digitally in three dimensions and show an incredible amount of fine detail. The use of an intravenous contrast called gadolinium is required to best detect breast cancers.
At Lake Medical Imaging, we utilize a special computer-assisted detection (CAD) program designed for the processing and interpretation of Breast MRI Images, in addition to the interpretation by our board-certified radiologists who specialize in breast imaging. These exams are performed at our MRI Centers in Leesburg and The Villages.