Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of a breast can provide a physician with valuable information about a patient’s breast tissue, which can be useful for identifying abnormalities that cannot be detected with other imaging methods, such as mammography and ultrasound. A noninvasive imaging technique that does not expose a patient to radiation, breast MRI has proven to be effective in identifying early-stage breast cancer. In the Don & Erika Wallace Comprehensive Breast Program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, we offer a full range of advanced techniques that can be used to diagnose breast cancer, including MRI.
Rather than being a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging, breast MRI is often used as a supplemental tool for diagnosing and staging breast cancer. For instance, the experts at Moffitt in Tampa, FL, may recommend a breast MRI to:
- Further evaluate the results of a mammogram
- Screen for breast cancer in women who have very dense breast tissue (which can reduce the likelihood of breast cancer detection through mammography)
- Screen for breast cancer in women who have breast implants or scar tissue (which can affect the accuracy of a mammogram)
- Check the integrity of breast implants
- Assess multiple breast tumors
- Determine whether breast cancer has spread into the chest wall or, after surgery, beyond the surgical site
- Evaluate the effect of chemotherapy
- Provide additional information that is relevant to treatment decisions
In addition to breast MRI, the multispecialty team of experts in Moffitt’s full-service breast clinic offers the latest options in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all breast-related conditions. Moffitt treats more than 1,000 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients each year, as well as hundreds more who choose Moffitt for treatment when they experience a recurrence. Our breast cancer survival rates consistently exceed the national averages, and we do everything we can to provide our patients with the best possible quality of life.