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Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

UW Health's radiology services in Madison, Wisconsin offer magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), one of the most advanced and rapidly evolving clinical imaging tools available in medicine today. MRI uses a combination of magnetic fields and radio waves to create images of the breasts.


MRI has been used for many years for detecting, diagnosing and monitoring many disorders throughout the body, and has often resulted in earlier diagnosis (and possible treatment) than was ever possible with other imaging methods.


Advantages of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)


Breast MRI has proven to be more sensitive than mammography in detection of certain types of cancer. While mammography remains the primary proven method for screening of most patients, physicians may order MRI as an additional method for solving problems left unresolved by conventional methods. MRI does not replace mammography and a current mammogram should be available to help in the analysis of the MRI images.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technique


The technique of MRI detection of breast cancer is based on the ability of the breast tumors to enhance or "light up" after the injection of intravenous gadolinium. Radiologists use the pattern of gadolinium contrast uptake and the shape of enhancing areas to come to a conclusion about whether the tissues are benign or malignant.


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