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MRI breast cancer staging proves benefits, shortcomings

July 23, 2008 MRI breast cancer staging proves benefits, shortcomings H. A. Abella -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A metastudy by Australian and European researchers indicates that MR staging identifies additional disease in nearly one of five women previously diagnosed with breast cancer. It also suggests that women may undergo more extensive surgeries than originally planned because of false-positive MR findings. Evidence of MRI's value as an adjunct to mammography and ultrasound for the management of patients with breast cancer continues to accumulate. The medical literature also shows, however, that many women with localized disease undergo mastectomy or even more extensive surgical resection than initially planned based on MRI staging.

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