Hospital adds MRI for breast cancer detection

KINGMAN - Kingman Regional Medical Center has installed special equipment that enables magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast on its state-of-the-art 3T MRI.

A breast MRI is an imaging test that helps doctors detect tumors in certain women with a high risk of breast cancer.

This is a new "Catch It Early" initiative that permits easier treatment and a greater chance of survival for women with breast cancer.

MRI utilizes a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of internal body structures. It does not use X-rays.

MRI is not intended as a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging.

It is a supplemental tool for detecting and staging breast cancer and other breast abnormalities in some high-risk women.

The "Catch It Early" program provides uninsured/underinsured women free breast cancer screenings with advanced imaging technologies.

For more information about the program, call toll free to (866) 462-6667.