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MR Breast Examination

Breast cancer has become the most common type of cancer in women in Hong Kong since 1994, and ranks third in mortality among all cancer types in women. Early detection is vital to better clinical outcomes.  Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which utilizes magnetic field to produce signals for image acquisition, is one of the advanced methods for breast cancer examination.  It does not involve ionizing radiation, and researches show that MRI performs better in detection of high grade ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and invasive carcinoma.

 

MR Breast VS 3D Mammogram

Abbreviated Breast MRI (AB-MRI) Protocol Digital Breast Tomosynthesis
(also known as “3D-Mammogram”)
High sensitivity for biologically aggressive disease Widely adopted and popular imaging tool for breast cancer screening
No ionizing radiation Small amount of ionizing radiation
Intravenous gadolinium-based contrast injection is required No intravenous contrast medium is required
Claustrophobia may be experienced by some people No claustrophobia
No compression of breasts is required during the examination, however mild pain may be experienced during the intravenous injection of contrast medium Mild discomfort due to breast compression during the examination
Not suitable for people who have pacemaker or metallic implants inside body No such limitation
Remarks: Both Abbreviated Breast MRI (AB-MRI) protocol and 3D Mammogram have their own distinct purposes, indications, advantages and limitations.
Your doctor will choose the imaging modality, single or in combination, that would be most suitable to you.

MAGNETOM Amira

  • Excellent High-resolution & Image Clarity
    The Breast 18 coil provides excellent high-resolution image. Its 18 independent channels provide high-speed image acquisition. High-resolution 2D and 3D protocols for morphology evaluation covering both breasts simultaneously
  • Applicable to patients with implants.
  • RESOLVE Approach
    A unique approach for obtaining high quality DWI images even in body regions strongly affected by susceptibility artifacts
The Procedure

Before the scanning begins, you will be required to sign the consent form and please inform our staff if you are pregnant or may be pregnant. You will then lie face down on a platform with special openings to accommodate your breasts, and proceed to the magnet of the MRI unit. Straps and bolsters may be used to maintain your still position, which is required throughout the whole procedure. In addition, gadolinium-based intra-venous contrast material will be used. Please inform our staff if you are allergic to this agent.

 

 

How Long Does it Take?

The whole procedure will last for around 30 to 60 minutes, and you can drink or eat as usual afterwards.

After the Procedure

Eat or drink as usual.

Potential risks
  • MRI exam poses almost no risk to average patient when appropriate safety guidelines are followed.
  • Please inform our staff in advance if you have metal implants inside your body, as the strong magnetic field may cause malfunctioning.
  • MR contrast medium has been used safely in millions of patients. Serious life-threatening reactions are rare and only been reported in about 1 in 400,000 patients. Minor reactions, such as headache or nausea, occur in about 2% of patients.
Payment Method

We support cashless payment.  Payment by credit card, WeChat Pay, Alipay, FPS are encouraged.

Holders of valid cashless health insurance plan can leave upon discharge should the services used do not include any items that are not covered by your insurance policy or exceed the insured amount.

Photo Courtesy:
Somatom Drive, Siemens Healthineers

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