Preoperative MRI fails to reduce risk of incomplete tumour excision in small breast cancersBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c207 (Published 13 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c207
- Susan Mayor
Adding magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to the preoperative assessment of women with small breast cancers fails to reduce the rate of reoperation for incompletely excised tumours, a major UK technology assessment has shown.
The number of women requiring a repeat operation or mastectomy after initial lumpectomy rose from 14.2% in 2001-2 to 17% 2006-7, posing a considerable burden to the women affected and to the NHS. This rate of reoperation is well above the NHS Breast Cancer Screening Programmes’ quality assurance target rate of 10%.
Currently, women …
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