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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 69-71

Role of magnetic resonance imaging in breast cancer management


1 Department of Surgery, Chennai Breast Center, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Medical Oncology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Oncology, Shalby Cancer and Research Institute, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
4 Department of Surgical Oncology, Medanta Hospital, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
5 Department of Radiology, BLK Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi, India
6 Department of Radiology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India
7 Department of Surgery, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India
8 Department of CT Scan and MRI, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Selvi Radhakrishna
Department of Surgery, Chennai Breast Center, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/sajc.sajc_104_18

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast is primarily used as a supplemental tool to breast screening with mammography or ultrasound. A breast MRI is mainly used for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, to help measure the size of the cancer, look for other tumors in the breast, and to check for tumors in the opposite breast. For certain women at high risk for breast cancer, a screening MRI is recommended along with a yearly mammogram. MRI is known to give some false positive results which mean more test and/or biopsies for the patient. Thus, although breast MRI is useful for women at high risk, it is rarely recommended as a screening test for women at average risk of breast cancer. Also, breast MRI does not show calcium deposits, known as micro-calcifications which can be a sign of breast cancer.


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