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Not sure what to make of MRI results

athana Member Posts: 2
edited July 2022 in Not Diagnosed But Worried

Hello.I have had an MRI (after a mammogram and mammogram with ultrasound) and now I’m scheduled for an MRI guided biopsy. I have the results of the MRI but I have no idea what it all means and I would greatly appreciate it if someone could break this down for me. Thank you so much!

Here are the results in part:



R1: There is a moderate sized area of nonmass-like

enhancement located in the upper outer quadrant 11:00

position mid one third of the right breast. It measures 4.6 × 2 x

3.5 and demonstrates heterogeneous wash-in washout kinetics

with predominantly rapid wash-in and progressive/persistent

delayed washout kinetics. It also demonstrates mild

architectural distortion and is suspicious.

Multiple small benign-appearing cysts throughout


Moderate background physiologic enhancement with multiple

small and moderate-sized benign simple appearing cysts.

These findings should be further evaluated by follow-up in 6-8

months to determine stability.

There is a moderate sized nonmass-like enhancement

demonstrating heterogeneous wash-in washout kinetics with

slight architectural distortion in the area of mammographic

abnormality. It is suspicious and warrants MRI guided biopsy.


  • kaynotrealname
    kaynotrealname Member Posts: 407
    edited July 2022

    I can tell you what architectural distortion is. It's when the normal breast tissue appears distorted, like something is pulling it in. There are some benign things associated with it. Not sure what wash-in washout kinetic means but I think it has to do with how the breast tissue is behaving with your MRI. It's not quite normal looking in other words. Doesn't mean cancer but it does need to be investigated.

  • moderators
    moderators Posts: 8,089
    edited July 2022

    Dear athana,

    Welcome to the BCO community. We are sorry that these changes in your breast health have brought you here. We are glad that you reached out for some support and information. Check out this link to resources around Common Imaging Questions. while you are waiting for other members to offer their experiences. Keep us posted as to how we can help you.

    The Mods

  • athana
    athana Member Posts: 2
    edited July 2022

    thank you!