An MRI scanner creates 2D and 3D pictures of the inside of the body using a magnetic field and radio waves.
The noninvasive technique is very valuable for the diagnosis of a broad range of conditions in all parts of the body including cancer, heart and vascular disease, stroke, joint and other musculoskeletal disorders. MRI requires specialized equipment and expertise and allows evaluation of body structures that may not be as visible with other imaging methods.
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Breast MRI is an important tool in screening for and treating breast cancer. It provides different information than X-ray mammography and is suitable in certain situations, such as in women with dense breast tissue and women who are at high risk for breast cancer. In women with newly discovered cancer in one breast, breast MRI is used to determine the extent of the tumor involvement for surgical planning, to judge the effectiveness of chemotherapy, and to evaluate for disease in the other breast.
All MRI exams require a physician order and may require insurance pre-authorization. Accommodations for emergent examinations can be made.
Patients will be given specific instructions for their exams at the time of scheduling. If you have any questions, please call Laurel Highlands Advanced Imaging at (814) 262-7290.