Chapter

Breast MRI for Women with Recently Diagnosed Breast Cancer

Christoph I. Lee

in 50 Imaging Studies Every Doctor Should Know

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2016 | ISBN: 9780190223700
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190223731 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780190223700.003.0041

Series: Fifty Studies Every Doctor Should Know

Breast MRI for Women with Recently Diagnosed Breast Cancer

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This chapter, found in the cancer screening and management section of the book, provides a succinct synopsis of a key study examining the efficacy of breast magnetic resonance imaging for extent of disease evaluation among women with recently diagnosed breast cancer. This summary outlines the study methodology and design, major results, limitations and criticisms, related studies and additional information, and clinical implications. The study showed that breast MRI in newly diagnosed unilateral breast cancer patients can detect contralateral early-stage breast cancers missed by mammography and clinical breast examination. In addition, breast MRI has an extremely high negative predictive value, and may provide helpful information to women and physicians weighing the relative value of prophylactic contralateral mastectomy in the setting of unilateral breast cancer. In addition to outlining the most salient features of the study, a clinical vignette and imaging example are included in order to provide relevant clinical context.

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Subjects: Primary Care ; Clinical Radiology

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