Claustrophobia stops some from gettin MRIs

December 31, 2009 10:53:07 AM PST
A lot of women at risk for breast cancer won't get MRIs because they're claustrophobic.They skip the test because they're afraid of the enclosed machines required for the screening.

Researchers in Maryland required women to spend 30 minutes in the MRI machine to complete breast screening, but one-quarter of the women refused, and just under 20 percent said they didn't have time.

MRI screening is often recommended for people at intermediate or high risk for breast cancer because mammograms and ultrasound screening can miss some tumors.