Breast MRI

Breast MRI:

An important tool in breast cancer detection

For more than 30 years, Regional Medical Imaging has provided imaging services to physicians and patients throughout Mid-Michigan with officesin Flint Township, Grand Blanc, Fenton, Davison and Saginaw.

A breast MRI can be a crucial part of your breast health care. An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses magnets, radio waves and a computer to create a three-dimensional model of the inside of your breasts. It is non-invasive, does not use radiation, and is an excellent screening tool to find very early breast cancer.

There are two types of breast MRIs, screening and diagnostic. 

A screening breast MRI is designed for women with 50 percent or greater breast tissue density. Dense breasts make it difficult to spot problems on mammograms. An MRI can spot potential cancer cells in far smaller sizes and years earlier than standard mammograms. Finding cancer at its earliest stages should dramatically increase survival.

At RMI, we use a proprietary screening called a “Rapid MRI” which cuts the scan time to 7.5 minutes and costs half as much as a traditional MRI.

The Michigan Legislature recently passed a law requiring doctors to inform their patients about their breast density. This law went into effect on June 1. Those with dense breasts benefit the most from a screening breast MRI.

A diagnostic MRI is more involved, typically taking 20 minutes. It is designed to address specific questions your doctor may have about your breasts, usually when investigating a potential problem.

In any case, consult with your physician to discuss if a breast MRI is appropriate for you.

New requirements

A new state law requires mammography facilities to provide information to patients with dense breast tissue. The information includes the following statements:

“Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. Dense breast tissue is very common and is not abnormal. However, dense breast tissue can make it harder to find cancer through a mammogram. Also, dense breast tissue may increase your risk for breast cancer. This information about the result of your mammogram is given to you to raise your awareness. Use this information to discuss with your health care provider whether other supplemental tests in addition to your mammogram may be appropriate for you, based on your individual risk. A report of your results was sent to your ordering physician. If you are self-referred, a report of your results was sent to you in addition to this summary.”

By Regional Medical Imaging


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