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Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is used as a supplement to mammography in certain situations and in combination with screening mammography in high risk patients (BRCA gene carriers, strong family history of breast or ovarian cancer, prior radiation therapy to the chest, etc.).
Breast MR also is used to evaluate patients with a new diagnosis of breast cancer prior to their surgery. A recent mammogram is always needed to interpret MR findings.
If you are scheduled for a Breast MR exam, you will be provided specific instructions and information about what to expect.
If a suspicious finding is identified on the MR study, you and your referring doctor will be informed. Many times an ultrasound is performed of the area in question to determine the best method for biopsy.
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