COMMENTARY: Magnetic resonance imaging was more sensitive than mammography for detecting breast cancer in high-risk women

Luckmann, Roger
January 2005
ACP Journal Club;Jan/Feb2005, Vol. 142 Issue 1, p23
Academic Journal
The article reports that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was more sensitive than mammography for detecting breast cancer in high-risk women. A December 2003 technology assessment supported by managed care groups concluded that adequate evidence existed to support routine use of MRI for screening women who had or were thought to have a BRCA mutation. Given the limited alternatives to MRI and mammography screening for very high-risk women, waiting for a randomized trial to prove mortality reduction before implementing selective MRI screening is unethical.


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