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Preop MRI No Help In Breast Cancer Outcomes

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 5:46am
John Gever

Additional surgeries were just as frequent in breast cancer patients who underwent MRI scans prior to full or partial mastectomy as in those who did not have the preoperative imaging, a retrospective analysis found.

Among patients who had preoperative MRI scans on the basis of breast density and biopsy results, 19.1 percent later had revision surgery, compared with 17.6 percent of patients not undergoing such scans, reported Jan H. Wong, MD, of East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., and colleagues, who examined five years of patient records in their facility.

The researchers also determined that, in one-quarter of patients who had mastectomies after receiving the scans, pathological analysis indicated that the procedures were unnecessary.

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