Breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is powerful imaging technology that has been added to the more routine conventional mammography and breast ultrasound. Breast MRI, or MR Mammography, is very sensitive in providing information for the most common forms of invasive breast cancer. It does not replace standard mammography and ultrasound. In fact, some breast cancers may be better seen with routine imaging, so they are always used in combination. While sensitive, a breast MRI is relatively nonspecific, which means that it picks up a lot of things. Many of them may be benign (non-cancerous), so a breast MRI is not a good screening tool for women of average risk.
In addition, a breast MRI requires a written order from your doctor, insurance pre-certification and access to any other breast imaging films and reports that may have been done outside the Vanderbilt Breast Center.
We are accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. This means our institution is held to the highest standards of care for patients with breast disease. The Vanderbilt Breast Center is affiliated with Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, which is designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute, the highest ranking by the world’s leading authority on cancer. The Vanderbilt Breast Center is recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. This designation is considered the gold standard in medical imaging.
Our doctors all specialize in the diagnosis and management of breast disease with a focus on breast cancer. Our program is the only one in Middle Tennessee with pathologists and radiologists dedicated entirely to diagnosing and treating breast cancer. This means our specialists can provide a more accurate diagnosis for you. Often, patients seek us for a second opinion on their diagnosis and treatment plan.