Breast MRI and Cancer Screenings for Women at Higher Risk
DAVENPORT, FL (February 7, 2017) – It is widely suggested that beginning at age 40, women should have a mammogram once a year, unless their physician has recommended that screenings begin earlier or be conducted more frequently based on their personal health history. If you are a woman at higher risk for breast cancer, Breast MRIs may be an option to consider.
Factors outlined by the American Cancer Society that increase your risk level include:
- Certain inherited genes (such as BRCA1 & BRCA2)
- Family or personal history of breast cancer
- Dense breast tissue
- Radiation to your chest between ages 10-30
- Exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES)
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center has installed a new piece of MRI technology that allows breast imaging. Breast MRIs can aid as a supplemental tool in detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. Breast MRIs are also used once a woman is diagnosed, guiding breast biopsy procedures and measuring the size of a breast tumor.
The Breast MRI may be used by your physician to assess the integrity of breast implants, aid the diagnosis of breast conditions, guide breast biopsy procedures, or monitor response to therapy. “The upgraded technology at Heart of Florida not only delivers enhanced image quality for MRIs,” said Sims Kendall, Director of Radiology Services at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, “it also provides faster scan times and a more comfortable experience for patients.”
Though Breast MRI’s help in detection of breast cancer, it should not replace yearly mammography screenings or breast ultrasound imaging. Talk with your health care provider about potential breast cancer risks and to see if a Breast MRI screening is right for you. Breast MRIs are often available same-day or next-day. To schedule your exam, call One Call Radiology at 863-419-2270.
This publication in no way seeks to diagnose or treat illness or to serve as a substitute for professional medical care.
About Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, a 193-bed acute care facility located in Davenport, Fla., believes in providing quality, compassionate health care to the communities it serves. Heart of Florida is an accredited hospital by the Joint Commission and an accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society for Cardiovascular Patient Care. These distinctions mean that Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center puts quality health care front and center. To learn more about inpatient or outpatient services, community education, or to find a physician, call (866) 997-DOCS.
Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center is owned in part by physicians.