Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an imaging technique that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to make computer images of internal body organs. No radiation or X-rays are used.
For MRI of the breast, the patient lies on her stomach with both breasts hanging freely into a cushioned recess containing a breast coil. Images are taken and then read by a Radiologist.
The value of MRI for breast cancer detection remains uncertain. Currently, Breast MRI is not used as a general screening tool for breast cancer and it is unlikely that it will be.
BC Cancer Agency's "Clinical Indications for the Use of Breast MRI"
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