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American College of Radiology, Computed Tomography (CT) Accredited Facility

American College of Radiology, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Accredited Facility

Breast MRI

What is Breast MRI?

Breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a tool for evaluating breast problems. It can be used in addition to mammography in certain cases. MRI creates three-dimensional pictures using a powerful magnet and radio waves. Your breasts are not being compressed with this procedure.

When is Breast MRI used?

MRI is used to screen women who have:

  • A mutated BRCA1 or BRCA2 breast cancer gene
  • A first degree relative (parent, sibling, child) with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation
  • An increased lifetime risk of developing breast cancer
  • Had radiation to the chest between age 10 and 30
  • Any rare genetic diseases that increase their risk for breast cancer

MRI is also used to:

  • Look at abnormalities found during physical exam, mammography or ultrasound as recommended by the radiologist
  • Look at breast implants and the tissues around them, if there is a medical concern
  • Look at the breasts of women who are newly-diagnosed with breast cancer, before surgery
  • Check on the effectiveness of chemotherapy for some women being treated for breast cancer
  • See the difference between scar tissue and a recurrent tumor after breast cancer surgery

Shields MRI logoIf your doctor has ordered a breast MRI, call Shields MRI at Lowell General Hospital for more information and to schedule an appointment: 800-258-4674. Ask to speak with a technologist if you have any questions.

People who should NOT have a MRI include those who have a pacemaker, cochlear implant, neurostimulator or an aneurysm clip. Please speak with your physician if you are unsure.

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