Oswego Hospital can now perform breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), adding one more diagnostic tool in the fight against breast cancer.
A breast MRI is one of the latest technologies available to assist in the detection of breast cancer. This new technology allows radiologists to see abnormalities that sometimes cannot be seen on either a mammogram or ultrasound. Specialized software assists radiologists with the interpretation of the approximately 1,200 images created during a single study.
Oswego Hospital’s Chief of Radiology Mark Franklin, MD, said that the most common indicator for breast MRI is women who are at high risk for breast cancer. Among those at higher risk are women who have had a first degree family member with breast cancer. A first degree relative is a mother, sister or daughter. The calculation can be estimated by visiting the U.S. National Institutes of Health web site: www.cancer.gove/bcrisktool.
“This new technology is another tool for women at risk for breast cancer,” Dr. Franklin said. “A MRI of the breast has been performed for a number of reasons that include the diagnosis of breast implant rupture, surgical planning, staging of breast cancer and treatment planning, post surgical and post radiation follow up, dense breast tissue evaluation and evaluating trouble areas identified through a mammogram or ultrasound.”
Dr. Franklin added that a breast MRI is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging, but rather a supplemental tool for detecting and staging breast cancer and other breast abnormalities.
The breast MRI takes about 20 minutes and entails the use of intravenous contrast. A physician referral is required.
The Oswego Healthcare System includes Oswego Hospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a skilled nursing facility; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement living community; an urgent care center in Fulton, as well as health services centers in Mexico, Parish and Phoenix. For more information, call (315) 349-5500 or visit oswegohealth.org.