April 16, 2012
Kona Community Hospital’s new state-of-the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine now features the relatively new technique of breast imaging. Although proven effective in multiple recent clinical trials, it is new to KCH, and has not previously been performed in Kona. The procedure is safe, accurate, and cost-effective, costing about the same amount as a regular MRI exam. It takes about 30-40 minutes to complete, and involves a small injection of inert contrast dye (gadolinium).
· Determination of extent of disease in a patient with a recent diagnosis of breast cancer
· Suspicious finding on mammography, seen on only one view, and thus not able to be biopsied with mammographic guidance
· Clinically palpable lump with negative mammography and breast ultrasound