If you have any other questions about breast MRI please ask us for more information.
MRI is a type of imaging that does not use X-rays. It uses a magnetic field and an injection of contrast agent to create a picture of the breast tissue and to show the blood flow inside the breast.
Studies of women at high risk of breast cancer show that MRI can detect significantly more cancers than mammogram alone. Occasionally, however, breast cancers are seen on mammogram only. For this reason, we recommend MRI is used in conjunction with a mammogram.
Generally, at around 10 years younger than the youngest family member who has had breast cancer.
In Australia, women aged under 50 who have a high lifetime risk (>25%) for breast cancer based on their family history and genetics, are eligible for Medicare-funded breast screening MRI.
Any doctor can order a breast MRI, however the Medicare rebate will only apply when it is ordered by a specialist.
As part of your assessment at Sydney breast Clinic, we will assess your breast cancer risk using your family history, personal history and mammographic breast density as a guide.
If you are considered high-risk, breast screening MRI may be recommended in addition to your annual mammograms and ultrasounds.
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