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MRI does not reduce biopsies in diagnosing breast cancer

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 09 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1362
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be a more sensitive test for detecting clinically significant breast lesions than mammography, but it does not reduce the need for subsequent tissue sampling once suspicious lesions are identified.

Mammography is the most common imaging tool used to detect clinically hidden breast cancer, but it has limitations in both sensitivity and specificity. Previous research has shown that 27-37% of patients have lesions visible …

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