Australian Government - Department of Health

Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC)

1098.1 - Review of Interim Funded Service: Breast MRI

Application Number

Application NameReview of Interim Funded Service: Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Description of Medical ServiceMRI uses a strong external magnetic field to produce images of biological tissues. As breast tissue generally has similar signal intensity to tumour tissue on routine MRI, the intravenous administration of a contrast agent containing gadolinium chelate is used to enhance breast lesions. During the examination the patient lies prone on the MRI table with the breast dependant in the dedicated breast coil. A number of imaging sequences are obtained, prior to the administration of the contrast agent gadolinium. The MRI sequences obtained are interpreted by a radiologist to analyse the findings on the various sequences, including enhancement patterns. The aim is to distinguish between normal, benign and malignant findings. MRI can be used in both screening and diagnosis of breast cancer. This includes the identification of breast cancer in women with a high risk of breast cancer due to family history or genetic predisposition. Breast MRI is also used in preoperative staging, evaluating response to treatment, screening of women with breast augmentation or reconstruction and identification of occult breast cancer in women with metastatic disease.
Description of Medical ConditionBreast cancer in asymptomatic women with a high risk of developing breast cancer.
ProtocolsFinal Protocol (PDF 1645 KB)
Final Protocol (Word 421 KB)
Consultation27 January – 10 March 2012
ReportsContracted Assessment Report (PDF 1514 KB)
Contracted Assessment Report (Word 1002 KB)
MSAC OutcomesPublic Summary Document (PDF 436 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 77 KB)

Meetings for this Application
Meeting Type:Date:
PASC1 to 2 December 2011
ESC 13 to 14 February 2014
MSAC 3 to 4 April 2014

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