• Breast MRI
• Digital Mammography
All women in the U.K. known to carry BRCA1 or BRCA2 are offered higher risk breast screening from age 30 with annual MRI breast screening. From age 40 years, digital mammography is also performed each year.
Once a woman is 50 years, the radiologist will decide how dense the breast tissue is and whether annual MRI is still required in addition to annual mammograms. Women will continue to be offered annual mammograms for the rest of their lives.
If a woman has had risk reducing surgery removing all the breast tissue surveillance MRI and mammograms are no longer required.
Ultrasound examination of the breast tissue is not recommended as a screening tool however if there is an abnomality on the MRI or
mammogram an ultrasound may be used. An ultrasound sends harmless high-frequency sound waves through the breast abd converts then into images on a screen. This is often the best way to find out if an abnormality is solid or a fluid cyst.