Study: MRIs do little to improve breast cancer survival

November 18, 2011 2:45:09 PM PST
A new study finds one of the most widespread methods for finding breast cancer does little to improve survival.

Magnetic resonance imaging, better known as MRI, has been considered effective in detecting breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue and those with the BRCA mutation.

But a study in the British medical journal The Lancet finds little evidence the MRIs improve patient outcomes. Nor did MRI reduce the number of surgeries a women had to undergo.

The authors say MRIs are still useful guides in chemotherapy and radiation therapy for women having breast conserving surgery.

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