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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]; Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Shadan Mehraban, M.D.[2]

Overview

MRI is considered as the primary imaging modality in selected patients and may be used when results of other imaging modalities are indeterminate. Breast MRI has some indications and does not use regularly. Breast MRI is not the primary modality for diagnosis of breast lumps and does not provide any additional findings to ultrasound and mammographic results and has both false-positive and false-negetive results.

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MRI is considered as the primary imaging modality in selected patients. Furthermore, may be used when results of other imaging modalities are indeterminate.[1][2]

Indications of breast MRI:

Breast MRI is not the primary imaging modality for the diagnosis of breast lumps and does not provide any additional findings to ultrasound and mammographic results. Also false-positive findings of breast MRI may lead to unnecessary biopsies. False-negative findings of breast MRI are present and require follow-up evaluation regarding ultrasound and mammographic features.[3]

References

  1. Shah R, Rosso K, Nathanson SD (2014). "Pathogenesis, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer". World J Clin Oncol. 5 (3): 283–98. doi:10.5306/wjco.v5.i3.283. PMC 4127601. PMID 25114845.
  2. Lehman CD, Lee AY, Lee CI (2014). "Imaging management of palpable breast abnormalities". AJR Am J Roentgenol. 203 (5): 1142–53. doi:10.2214/AJR.14.12725. PMID 25341156.
  3. Olsen ML, Morton MJ, Stan DL, Pruthi S (2012). "Is there a role for magnetic resonance imaging in diagnosing palpable breast masses when mammogram and ultrasound are negative?". J Womens Health (Larchmt). 21 (11): 1149–54. doi:10.1089/jwh.2012.3735. PMC 3698622. PMID 23046046.