At Derry Imaging we offer cutting edge, state-of-the-art technology for high resolution Breast MRI.
Breast MRI is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging–it is a supplemental tool for enhanced diagnostics. Breast MRI provides a different view than mammography and is suitable in certain situations, such as:
- having dense breast tissue
- those with high risk for breast cancer
- newly diagnosed breast cancers, to see whether cancer has spread
- to more accurately plan surgery
- to judge the effectiveness of chemotherapy
Who should have a breast MRI?
The American Cancer Society recommends that women at high risk for developing breast cancer be screened annually with a breast MRI in addition to a mammogram.
According to ACS guidelines, women at high risk include those who:
- have a known BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation
- have a first degree relative with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, and have not had genetic testing themselves
- have a lifetime risk of breast cancer of 20-25% or greater, according to risk assessment tools that are based mainly on family history
- had radiation therapy to the chest when they were between 10 and 30 years old
- have Li-Fraumeni syndrome, Cowden syndrome or hereditary diffuse gastric cancer syndrome, or have a first degree relative with any one of those syndromes
For more information, please visit the National Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool – An Interactive Tool for Measuring the Risk of Invasive Breast Cancer