What imaging is best for breast cancer? For women and men with a breast cancer diagnosis, and for those at high risk of breast cancer, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can provide the clearest, most detailed pictures of the breast.
What are the different types of breast imaging?
- Digital Mammography: A mammogram is an x-ray of the breasts.
- Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3-D Mammography): The 3-D image shows multiple pictures of the inner structure of the breasts.
- Breast Ultrasound: A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to image areas of concern.
What is better MRI or ultrasound for breast cancer? Screening via MRI is a good idea, especially for women at high risk who are getting surgery on one breast, says Hryniuk. Even for large tumours, MRIs have been shown to be more accurate than physical exams, mammography or ultrasounds in following the results of chemotherapy to shrink large breast tumours, Hryniuk says.
Is an MRI or CT scan better for breast cancer? Key takeaways: When comparing CT scans vs. MRIs, note that both can help identify cancer as well as other illnesses. MRIs better evaluate the flow of bodily fluids, provide better soft-tissue contrast, and can image tissue near bones.