Often used to investigate breast concerns first detected with mammography, physical exam, or other imaging exams, breast MRI is a test used to distinguish between benign and malignant tissues. Performing this test may reduce the number of breast biopsies done to evaluate a suspicious breast mass.
Breast MRI can also be used for staging breast cancer to determine the most appropriate treatment as well as for patient follow-up after breast cancer treatment. Currently, clinical studies are underway to determine whether breast MRI may be useful in screening younger women at high risk of breast cancer. Most women under 40-years do not get annual mammograms; however, the American Cancer Society has recommended that women at very high risk of developing breast cancer have an annual MRI exam in addition to mammograms to increase the chances of early detection when the cancer is most treatable.
Woodland Heights Medical Center is the only facility in the Lufkin/Nacogdoches area to provide breast MRI, as we are committed to the fight against breast cancer. In addition to breast MRI, Woodland Heights also provides digital mammography. Please note that a breast MRI does not replace a mammogram and you must have a doctor’s order. For scheduling, call 936-637-8514.
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