1333 - Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Page last updated: 16 June 2016

Application Detail



Description of Medical Service

The use of MRI for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer to offer local staging when conventional imaging with mammography and ultrasound is likely to understage the disease, being:
  • women undergoing preoperative (neoadjuvant) chemotherapy;
  • women with the lobular subtype of breast cancer where conventional imaging frequently underestimates the extent of disease;
  • women with a significant discrepancy between clinical examination findings and conventional imaging findings where the confirmation of more extensive disease on MRI would alter management (e.g. women with very dense breasts); and
  • women presenting with metastatic breast cancer in the lymph nodes or elsewhere in the body where conventional imaging and examination fails to show the source of the tumour.

Description of Medical Condition

Breast Cancer

Reason for Application

New MBS item

Medical Service Type


Previous Application Number

Not Applicable

Associated Documentation

Application Form


PICO Confirmation

Final Protocol (PDF 338 KB)
Final Protocol (Word 212 KB)

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document

Public Summary Document (PDF 820 KB)
Public Summary Document (Word 580 KB)

Meetings for this Application


12 - 13 December 2013
16 - 17 April 2014


12 - 13 February 2015


1 - 2 April 2015