Mountain Medical offers screening breast MRI as a noninvasive imaging technique to screen for breast cancer in selected patients.
Screening breast MRI is used in conjunction with screening mammography in a select group of women who are known to be at significantly increased risk of breast cancer compared to the general population. Because of the expense of screening breast MRI and the false positive rate of the exam, it is not an appropriate screening tool for women who are not at significantly increased risk for breast cancer i.e. most women.
American Cancer Society Recommendations for breast MRI screening as an adjunct to Mammography (in addition to mammography):
Recommend Annual MRI Screening (Based on Evidence)
Recommend Annual MRI Screening (Based on Expert Consensus Opinion)
Insufficient Evidence to Recommend for or Against MRI Screening
Recommend Against MRI Screening (Based on Expert Consensus Opinion)
While not a replacement screening mammography or screening breast ultrasound, screening breast MRI can be extremely beneficial for women who are at high risk of breast cancer.
MRI produces detailed images of soft tissues and structures inside the breasts. Recent research has found that MRI can locate some small breast lesions sometimes missed by other breast imaging. Breast MRI is also used to detect breast cancer recurrence or residual tumors after lumpectomy.
What you can expect during a screening breast MRI:
Learn how to prepare for screening breast MRI.
Learn the benefits and risks of screening breast MRI.
Watch the MRI - What to Expect Video.