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Dimple, and linear calcifications in breast. MRI set for Mon. morning. What will the MRI show, as opposed to mammogram and ultrasound?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
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In brief: I see

you have a history of DCIS on the right, a lump on the left, and new calcifications on the right.
If you have had surgery/radiation, then post treatment scarring etc... can look suspicious on mammo/US. MRI can tell the difference. Also, MRI is better at preoperatively determining extent of disease, looking for additional suspicious areas, and evaluating the opposite breast.

In brief: I see

you have a history of DCIS on the right, a lump on the left, and new calcifications on the right.
If you have had surgery/radiation, then post treatment scarring etc... can look suspicious on mammo/US. MRI can tell the difference. Also, MRI is better at preoperatively determining extent of disease, looking for additional suspicious areas, and evaluating the opposite breast.
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Other abnormalities

Breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is more sensitive than a mammogram or ultrasound of the breasts in finding small lesions that may be missed otherwise such as in dense breasts.
It is performed with administration of IV contrast. A more sensitive test always carries a higher false positive result (finding more abnormalities that are not of real concern but may raise more anxiety).

In brief: Other abnormalities

Breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is more sensitive than a mammogram or ultrasound of the breasts in finding small lesions that may be missed otherwise such as in dense breasts.
It is performed with administration of IV contrast. A more sensitive test always carries a higher false positive result (finding more abnormalities that are not of real concern but may raise more anxiety).
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