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Breast MRI 

Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

(Dallas campus location only)

Forms needed for your breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) appointment:

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Digital Screening Breast MRI

Your physician may refer you for a digital screening breast MRI in addition to a digital screening mammogram if one or more of these indications are present:

  • You have a personal history of breast cancer.
  • You are considered at high risk for developing breast cancer, as determined by a breast specialist.
  • A breast radiologist recommends you undergo multi-dimensional imaging.
  • You have undergone hereditary testing and it is determined you are positive for a mutation of one of the two known breast cancer susceptibility (BRCA) genes called BRCA1 and BRCA2.
  • You have a first-degree relative who is a BRCA gene carrier, but you have not undergone hereditary risk testing. Baylor Dallas has a comprehensive Hereditary Cancer Risk Program where appropriate patients with certain indications can receive this testing.
  • You have a strong family history of breast cancer and have undergone other testing that determined you have a lifetime risk of 20 to 25 percent or greater of developing breast cancer.
  • You received radiation treatments to the chest between the ages of 10 and 30.
  • You or a first-degree relative has Li-Fraumeni Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disorder that greatly increases your risk of developing certain types of cancer including breast, osteosarcoma bone cancer and cancers of the soft tissue.
  • You or a first-degree relative has Cowden syndrome, a rare disorder that can greatly increase your risk for developing certain types of cancers including breast, thyroid and endometrial. This syndrome is also characterized by multiple non-cancerous, tumor-like growths found on the skin and the lining of the mouth and nose, intestinal tract and other parts of the body. These growths usually appear in the late 20s.
  • You or a first-degree relative has Bannayan-Riley-Ruvalcaba syndrome, a rare, inherited disorder that results in excessive growth before and after birth. Among the symptoms are an abnormally large head that may be long and narrow and benign tumor-like growths that most often occur below the skin.

 Digital Diagnostic Breast MRI

Your physician may refer you for a diagnostic breast MRI after, or in addition to, a core needle biopsy for one or more of these factors:

  • To evaluate the extent of a known cancer.
  • To evaluate the breast on the opposite side of the known cancer.
  • If there is a known or suspected cancer and you have breast implants.
  • To investigate a possible cancer if you have a lumpectomy scar or cancer recurrence.
  • If you have undergone past chemotherapy.
  • To better view abnormal appearing lymph nodes (part of the lymphatic system found throughout the body) and help evaluate if they are suspicious for cancer, even after a negative mammogram.
  • If post-operative pathology tests show a certain number of cells remain in the tissue after surgery. A breast MRI is performed to determine if any abnormal or suspicious tissue remains.
  • If there is a possible breast implant rupture.
  • To evaluate the effectiveness of breast cancer treatments.