Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast — or breast MRI — is a test used to detect breast cancer and other abnormalities in the breast. It captures multiple pictures of your breast and then combines the images on a computer to generate a detailed report. Breast MRI to detect cancer requires injection of a contrast agent but does not emit radiation.
We may recommend a breast MRI when we require more information than a mammogram, ultrasound or clinical breast exam can provide. In certain situations, such as when a woman has a very high risk of breast cancer, breast MRI may be used along with mammograms as a screening tool for detecting breast cancer.
MRI is also used to detect breast implant integrity. An implant rupture, especially if it’s a silicone implant, can be difficult to identify. MRI is the imaging modality of choice for detecting a rupture.