What is the correlation between magnetic resonance mammography (breast MRI) findings and mastectomy?

Updated: Feb 25, 2019
  • Author: Preeti Gupta, MD, FRCR; Chief Editor: Eugene C Lin, MD  more...
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There has been concern that because breast MRI has greater sensitivity in cancer detection than mammography and US, its increased use will lead to an increased rate of mastectomy in women with early stage breast cancer. However, Dang et al found that from 2003 to 2007, although the annual number of breast MRI scans ordered by their institution rose from 68 to 358, the percentage of women who underwent mastectomy did not change over that period. [27]


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