MRI in breast cancer management: Potential for benefit and harm

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Abstract

Recently, there has been considerable interest in the application of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the management of breast cancer. In women with a genetic predisposition for breast cancer, MRI screening is more sensitive than mammography screening. However, it is not known if the greater sensitivity of MRI screening has any impact on breast cancer mortality. Some investigators also have suggested that in women with primary breast cancer, MRI might be useful in determining suitability for breast-conserving surgery. However, the application of MRI in this manner may increase mastectomy rates without necessarily improving outcomes. Clearly, additional studies are needed to determine the optimal role of MRI in the management of breast cancer. In the meantime, patients should be informed of its potential for benefit and harm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-284
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Fertility and Women's Medicine
Volume50
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • BRCA-1
  • BRCA-2
  • Breast cancer
  • Mammography
  • MRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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