14 doctors weighed in:
Why would a breast MRI be recommended when you have breast cancer?
14 doctors weighed in

Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Several reasons
A breast MRI gives a more detailed picture of the breasts than mammogram or ultrasound.
It is recommended in young women whose breasts are dense and hard to see on mammogram. It is also better for detecting certain types of breast cancer (lobular or inflammatory breast cancer.) the downside is that it finds many "spots" that aren't breast cancer.

In brief: Several reasons
A breast MRI gives a more detailed picture of the breasts than mammogram or ultrasound.
It is recommended in young women whose breasts are dense and hard to see on mammogram. It is also better for detecting certain types of breast cancer (lobular or inflammatory breast cancer.) the downside is that it finds many "spots" that aren't breast cancer.
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Barry Rosen
It is also helpful to decide between a mastectomy or lumpectomy for multifocal cancers.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Usually for
Preoperative treatment planning or to assess neo adjuvant chemotherapy response.
MRI is the most accurate imaging modality for assessing the extent of the cancer. It is also useful for diagnosing multi centric/multi focal cancers, and cancers in the contraleyeral breast

In brief: Usually for
Preoperative treatment planning or to assess neo adjuvant chemotherapy response.
MRI is the most accurate imaging modality for assessing the extent of the cancer. It is also useful for diagnosing multi centric/multi focal cancers, and cancers in the contraleyeral breast
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. David Dang
Radiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
I too agree with the use of MRI in preop planning for finding additional cancer (in the same breast or the other breast) and for post treatment (after chemotheraphy or surgery).
There are other scenarios where breast MRI is useful as well. In my opinion, MRI of the breasts is underutilized.

In brief: Yes
I too agree with the use of MRI in preop planning for finding additional cancer (in the same breast or the other breast) and for post treatment (after chemotheraphy or surgery).
There are other scenarios where breast MRI is useful as well. In my opinion, MRI of the breasts is underutilized.
Dr. David Dang
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Dr. Tina Stein
Radiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Preop planning
Breast MRI should be performed before surgery for breast cancer.
Mri finds additional cancer in the breast with known cancer up to 23% of the time (sometimes changing a lumpectomy to mastectomy) and cancer in the opposite breast up to 8% of the time . Breast MRI can be used to screen women after lumpectomy for recurrence. It is extremely sensitive, finding nearly 100% of breast cancer.

In brief: Preop planning
Breast MRI should be performed before surgery for breast cancer.
Mri finds additional cancer in the breast with known cancer up to 23% of the time (sometimes changing a lumpectomy to mastectomy) and cancer in the opposite breast up to 8% of the time . Breast MRI can be used to screen women after lumpectomy for recurrence. It is extremely sensitive, finding nearly 100% of breast cancer.
Dr. Tina Stein
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
In brief: Controversial
This is controversial.
An MRI is an additional tool in breast imaging. The sensitivity of MRI is high and it may pick up smaller cancer that were not detected on mammogram. It may also lead to increase false positives and unnecessary procedures.

In brief: Controversial
This is controversial.
An MRI is an additional tool in breast imaging. The sensitivity of MRI is high and it may pick up smaller cancer that were not detected on mammogram. It may also lead to increase false positives and unnecessary procedures.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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