When used for appropriate indications, breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a powerful diagnostic tool. However, breast MRI has its share of controversies. These controversies can be a source of confusion for the radiologist or referring physician. This paper addresses 4 breast MRI controversies that we frequently encounter at our university hospital practice: (1) what are the appropriate indications for screening breast MRI? (2) what are the appropriate indications for the use of breast MRI as a problems-solving modality? (3) how does one interpret MRI imaging features that have substantial overlap between benign and malignant conditions? and (4) what are the appropriate indications for preoperative breast MRI? Illustrative case examples are provided.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging