Magnetic resonance imaging of the breast — or breast MRI — is a test used to detect breast cancer and other abnormalities in the breast.
A breast MRI captures multiple pictures of your breast. These images are combined, using a computer, to generate detailed pictures. The test is usually performed when your doctor needs more information than a mammogram, ultrasound, or clinical breast exam can provide. In certain situations, such as when a woman has a very high risk of breast cancer, breast MRI may be used, along with mammography as a screening tool for detecting breast cancer.
Breast MRI exams are done bi-laterally (both breasts are scanned).