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Breast Cancer In Situ: Managing Your Medical Care: Diagnosis To Treatment Decision

If A Lumpectomy Is Recommended, Ask About Getting An MRI

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An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) test provides a detailed cross-sectional image of the breast using magnetic fields and radio waves. (For more information about MRIs, including the practical aspects of undergoing an MRI, click here.) 

An MRI can be important for a woman considering having a lumpectomy because:

  • MRIs have been found to be particularly useful in determining how far cancer in the breast has spread. It is likely to be more accurate than a mammogram.
  • MRIs are particularly useful for women with dense breast tissue.  Dense breast tissue can make it difficult to detect cancers by physical exam or with a mammogram.
  • An MRI is also useful for a women with silicone breast implants because of the effect of the silicone on mammograms.

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