Breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a powerful tool for detecting breast cancer and planning the best treatments for women newly diagnosed with the disease.
Do I need a screening breast MRI?
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) offers screening breast MRI scans to women who are at high risk for developing breast cancer to help find signs of cancer that mammography and ultrasound can miss.
Like the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, we recommend women have an annual screening breast MRI, along with a mammogram, if any of these is true:
- You have a lifetime risk for breast cancer of at least 20 percent. (Doctors have tools to calculate your risk.)
- You had radiation therapy to your chest between the ages of 10 and 30.
- You have a genetic predisposition to breast cancer.
How can I schedule a breast MRI?
Call (206) 606-7800 to schedule a screening breast MRI.
If you are unsure of your risk of breast cancer and would like to get more information on whether breast MRI is right for you, talk with your health care provider or an expert at the SCCA Breast Health Clinic.
If you are newly diagnosed
If you have newly diagnosed breast cancer, a breast MRI may help doctors select the most effective treatments for you. MRIs can also be useful to monitor how well a treatment is working. Your team of SCCA experts can talk with you about whether to have a breast MRI and how it might help.
To learn more or make an appointment to discuss your diagnosis and breast MRI with the breast cancer team, call (855) 557-0555.
Learn more about our clinics for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
Advancing care with breast MRI research
SCCA radiologists are experts at obtaining high-quality breast MRI images and identifying which women will benefit most from MRIs. While breast MRI is used primarily to screen women at high risk and to evaluate women who have known breast cancer, we are researching its use in other types of patients.
Learn about current clinical trials at SCCA .