Makayla Franko

Faculty Advisor(s)

Elaine Halesey



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This project explains the role MRI has in performing breast biopsies. MR imaging is used along with mammogram and ultrasound to detect and monitor lesions. Traditional imaging of the breast is explained to understand how images of the breast are obtained. The grade of the lesion and how the lesion is found indicates the type of biopsy performed. MRI provides superior visibility for lesions within the breast. MRI-guided breast biopsies are indicated in patients with lesions only visible on MRI. The equipment required for an MRI-guided breast biopsy includes the breast coil, grid, and vacuum-assisted breast biopsy apparatus. Experienced breast radiologists and MR technologists identify the lesion to be biopsied on axial images of the breast using special computer programming. A case study is also included within the research to provide a better understanding of a patient’s experience with MRI-guided breast biopsy. Following the biopsy, the patient receives a soft compression mammogram and has follow-up MR imaging of the breast. A summary of new technology is also included. The new technology would lead to future research that compares different MRI procedures of the breast.

Keywords: MRI, MRI-guided breast biopsy, breast lesions, case study

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Medical Imaging


MRI, MRI-guided breast biopsy, breast lesions


Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment | Radiology

MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy