Breast MRI

Overview

Definition

MRI scanning uses magnetic fields to make pictures of the inside of the body. A computer makes two- and three-dimensional pictures. MRI of the breast uses an MRI to assess breast tissue.

Possible Complications

MRIs can be harmful if you have metal inside your body, such as joint replacements. Make sure your doctor knows of any internal metal before the test. Some people may also have an reaction to the contrast dye. Talk to your doctor about any allergies you have. Tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney problems. These may make it hard for your body to get rid of the contrast.

If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, talk to your doctor before the MRI scan about whether it is right for you.

SymptomsandDiagnosis

Treatments

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

a (Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Breast)

RESOURCES

American Cancer Society https://www.cancer.org 

National Cancer Institute https://www.cancer.gov 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Canadian Breast Cancer Network https://www.cbcn.ca 

Canadian Cancer Society https://www.cancer.ca 

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