Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Combined Mammography and Breast MRI Useful for Some High-Risk Women

Annual breast cancer screening with both mammography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is likely to be a cost-effective way to improve life expectancy in women with an increased risk of breast cancer, according to a new study published in the March issue of Radiology. The findings support current American Cancer Society screening recommendations.

“For women at the highest risk of breast cancer, using both breast MRI and mammography together for screening will likely reduce their chances of dying from breast cancer and help them live longer, healthier lives,” said the study’s lead author, Janie M. Lee, M.D., radiologist from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

 Link to full Radiological Society of North America release.

Sue McGreevey, 617 724-2764, smcgreevey@partners.org

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