Breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

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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.

Breast MRI is used to screen women at higher risk for breast cancer 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

More value for our patients

The latest MRI technology at a better price means more value for our patients. Our partnership with Shields MRI helps Lowell General Hospital in our commitment to putting patients first in everything we do. For more information, visit and click on "MRI".


If 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.

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