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Highest-Quality Breast MRI

Breast MRI is a powerful – but often underutilized – diagnostic tool for diagnosing breast cancer. Shields offers breast MRI services at 17 of our locations, including our outpatient locations.

Five clinical situations where Breast MRI can benefit your patient:

Screening high-risk women
Evaluating uncertain lesions or cases, especially with dense or small-breasted women
Preoperative staging
Evaluating response to treatment, especially to allow for lumpectomy rather than mastectomy
Screening and evaluation of women with cancer symptoms and breast implant
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Recommended Annual Screening MRI For Breast Cancer

What do the experts say about breast MRI screening for women at higher risk for breast cancer?

Frequently Asked Questions

Breast MRI screening is recommended on an annual basis for women who are considered high-risk. Generally speaking, high-risk women include those who have had genetic testing or found to have a mutation that puts them at high risk of developing breast cancer, and women with a strong family history of having a mutation or breast cancer. Women who have had breast cancer without a genetic or hereditary predisposition are considered at moderate risk of recurrence and are not necessarily candidates for breast MRI.

Breast MRI is requested by your physician most often in cases where there is an abnormal mammogram or a history of breast cancer in a “first-degree” relative (parent, sibling, or child), or a genetic predisposition to breast cancer. It also can be helpful in screening women who have dense breast tissue, implants, or scar tissue that makes reading a mammogram difficult, or to determine if an implant has ruptured. Breast MRI is also meaningful to distinguish between recurrent tumors from radiation or surgical scar tissue. Breast MRI is most important for women diagnosed with breast cancer to determine the extent of the tumor and to assess the possibility of multiple tumors in the same or opposite breast. 

Breast MRI is not useful as a primary screening tool for the general population. Screening is most valuable for high-risk patients and patients with dense breast tissue. 

Breast MRI is extremely helpful at identifying invasive cancer. However, because breast MRI is highly sensitive, it can result in a higher rate of “false positive” exams. This may sometimes lead to follow-up imaging procedures, such as biopsies, for abnormalities that prove not to be cancerous. 

A breast MRI is best performed on a high-field MRI system with breast coils specifically designed for breast imaging. It is very helpful for the reading radiologist to have a dedicated breast imaging work station to assist in his or her interpretation, which Shields offers at all locations that provide breast MRI services.

Obtaining Authorization for Breast MRI

When a patient needs a breast MRI scan, getting authorization can be challenging. Insurance providers are extremely specific about what is required for approval, and missing one detail can mean denial. Use Shields helpful tips to make getting prior authorization for a Breast MRI, easier.

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Breast MRI Locations

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Tufts Medical Center and Shields MRI (Tufts Campus)

800 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111, USA

Shields MRI at Emerson Health Center

133 Littleton Road Westford, MA 01886

Shields MRI at Emerson Hospital

133 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner Concord, MA 01742

Lewiston, ME – Shields MRI at Central Maine Medical Center

12 High Street, Lewiston, ME 04240, USA

Hyannis – Cape Cod MRI Wilken’s Outpatient Complex

35 Wilkens Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601, USA

New Bedford – Shields MRI at St. Luke’s Hospital

361 Allen St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA

Marlborough – Shields MRI at UMass Memorial Marlborough Hospital

157 Union St, Marlborough, MA 01752, USA

Lowell – Shields MRI at Lowell General – Saints Campus

1 Hospital Dr., Lowell, MA 01854

Leominster – Shields MRI at UMass Memorial HealthAlliance Hospital Leominster

100 Hospital Rd., Suite 1A Leominster, MA 01453

Greenfield – Shields MRI at Baystate Franklin Medical Center

164 High St, Greenfield, MA 01301, USA

Worcester – Shields MRI at UMass Memorial – Shrewsbury St.

214 Shrewsbury St, Worcester, MA, USA

Springfield – Shields Health and Baystate Health – Wason Ave

80 Wason Ave, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

Lowell – Shields MRI at Lowell General Hospital

295 Varnum Avenue, Lowell, MA, USA

Boston – Shields MRI Brighton

385 Western Avenue, Brighton, MA, USA

Woburn – Winchester Hospital-Shields MRI at Unicorn Park

200 Unicorn Park Drive, Woburn, MA, USA

Weymouth – Shields MRI Weymouth

26 Rockway Avenue, Weymouth, MA, USA

Newburyport – Shields MRI & PET/CT at Anna Jaques Hospital

25 Highland Avenue, Newburyport, MA, USA

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