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Ask an Expert: MRI screening for breast cancer

Q: Are MRI's better than mammograms for detecting breast cancer? Should I be asking my doctor for an MRI with my annual exam?

Answer from the expert staff of breast cancer research at the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center at Providence Portland Medical Center:

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Barium enema bowel prep instructions

Barium enema bowel prep instructions are attached above. This prep is for adults and children 12 years of age and older.

Computed Tomography FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about computerized tomography (CT).

CT colonoscopy bowel prep instructions

CT colonoscopy bowel prep instructions are attached above. This prep is for adults and children 12 years of age and older.

MRI Screening for Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer

Women at high risk of developing breast cancer should receive an annual magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, in addition to their yearly mammogram, beginning as early as age 30, according to guidelines published by the American Cancer Society.

New Guidelines for Mammography Screening

Breast health experts at Providence Health & Services recognize the importance and complexity of counseling women on breast health and screening recommendations. In November 2009, the US Preventive Services Task Force issued updated guidelines for breast cancer screening. These new recommendations have been met with uneven acceptance from various foundations, professional organizations and breast health providers.

We have reviewed these new recommendations carefully and have engaged a number of concerned providers, physicians and women’s health advocates in order to gain consensus around this important issue. In general, Providence endorses the thorough, professional and evidence-based effort put forth by the USPSTF and recognizes these are difficult issues to analyze.

Nuclear Medicine FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about nuclear medicine.

Providence Tanasbourne Campus Map

Providence Tanasbourne offers a wide variety of services—family medicine, immediate care, pharmacy, rehabilitation therapy, medical imaging, day surgery and more—in one location.

Request a Mammogram Appointment

Following the American Cancer Society guidelines, women are advised to have a screening mammogram every year after their 40th birthday. Most health insurance plans cover mammography expenses. Financial counseling is available for those without insurance.

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Bone Densitometry FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about the bone densitometry procedure.

Mammography FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about the mammogram procedure.

MRI FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about the MRI procedure.

PET/CT FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about the PET/CT procedure.

Radiology FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about the radiology procedure.

Ultrasound FAQ

Answers to frequently asked questions about the ultrasound procedure.

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American Cancer Society Guidelines for Breast Screening with MRI as an Adjunct to Mammography

New evidence on breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) screening has become available since the American Cancer Society (ACS) last issued guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer in 2003. A guideline panel has reviewed this evidence and developed new recommendations for women at different defined levels of risk.

RadiologyInfo.org

The radiology information resource for patients, provides a glossary of terms and information about patient safety and treatment.