About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. It is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women and one of the most fatal. Screening can identify breast cancer before a person notices any physical symptoms and early detection can prevent having to undergo invasive treatments while providing better outcomes.
Health authorities and doctors recommend regular mammography screenings for patients, depending on their age and individual risk factors. However, some facilities offer alternatives to mammography. As always, we suggest talking to your primary physician for guidance on what is best for you. Here are some common imaging tests used for breast cancer screenings:
A mammogram is a kind of X-ray that involves compressing the breast between two metal plates and taking an X-ray image of the breast tissue. The image can show if there are any unusual changes or differences in density in the breast tissue that may need further investigation. A mammogram is the screening most frequently associated with breast cancer detection and will often be used to confirm or reject other screening’s findings.
A breast ultrasound in a noninvasive (the skin is not pierced) procedure used to assess the breasts. Ultrasound technology allows quick visualization of the breast tissues. Ultrasounds may also be used to assess the blood flow to areas around the breasts. The examination is often used along with mammography – but in some cases, it is used alone.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast — or breast MRI — is a test used to detect breast cancer and other abnormalities in the breast. A breast MRI captures multiple images of your breast which are combined to create detailed pictures. A breast MRI is used to assess the extent of breast cancer and also used to screen for breast cancer in women thought to have a high risk of the disease.
Fast Breast MRI:
The fast breast MRI, also known as the screening breast MRI, is a quick, 10-minute examination. It’s different from a breast MRI in that it’s shorter, lasting about 10 minutes compared to 45 minutes for a traditional MRI. It’s also said to be more comfortable for all body types; the fast breast MRI is performed with a larger machine that provides additional space for patients. Finally, the out-of-pocket cost of a fast breast MRI is around $400 which is much cheaper than a traditional breast MRI (usually ~$650 self-pay). At www.Medmo.com we offer full breast MRI tests for $350 at the best centers near you, however, you’ll need a prescription from your physician in order to book your appointment (as with all advanced medical imaging tests we offer).
As always, a physician’s prescription is required when looking to have a screening.
To book a scan, visit us at Medmo.com. Medmo helps people schedule radiology imaging tests – such as MRI, CT scans, PET, and more – at nearby accredited centers and identify the payment solution that works best for them.