Screening Breast MRI - Benefits and Risks
- No radiation is used during a breast MRI so there is no risk of radiation exposure.
- Breast MRI can detect early signs of breast cancer before other breast imaging procedures.
- MRI can detect small abnormalities not seen by other breast imaging procedures.
- A breast MRI exam can detect if breast cancer is spreading.
- Breast MRI is not recommended for patients who are pregnant or may be pregnant.
- Breast MRI is not recommended for patients with epilepsy.
- There may be other risks depending on your medical condition. Consult with your radiologist or technologist before your appointment.
- The strong magnetic fields created during an MRI can make heart pacemakers and other implants not work as well. It can also cause a piece of metal inside your body to move or shift.
- Breast MRI requires an injection of a contrast medium intravenously which can be a risk for women with diabetes or poor kidney function.