St Vincent's Clinic Medical Imaging & Nuclear Medicine

Abbreviated Breast MRI

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What is Abbreviated Breast MRI?

MRI is now well established as the most sensitive imaging test available for the detection of breast cancer.

Abbreviated Breast MRI is a faster, targeted MRI scan, used for screening of women at average risk of breast cancer. A contrast injection is a routine part of this examination, as it enables better visualisation of small lesions, even in dense breasts.

Advantages of Abbreviated Breast MRI

Abbreviated Breast MRI has been shown to be equally effective as traditional, long protocol breast MRI for the detection of breast cancer, with

  • no radiation and
  • no breast compression required

Who is Suitable for Abbreviated Breast MRI?

The faster, targeted procedure is suitable for women with any breast density and is especially useful for women who have dense breast tissue that may limit visibility of cancer on a mammogram.

How Long Does It Take?

The scanning time for Abbreviated Breast MRI is less than 10 minutes (please allow additional time for preparation and getting on and off the table)

Please see our patient information brochure for further details.

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