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Imaging Techniques for Screening  

Are MRIs better than mammograms for screening young women with a high breast cancer risk?

Currently, the answer is no. The reason is that MRIs are not being used as a screening tool in the general population of women or even in young, dense-breasted women.

The lack of MRIs to screen for breast cancer is due to several factors:

  • MRIs are very expensive, and most insurance companies do not cover them

  • Like most screening techniques, MRIs generate false positives (things that may look like cancers, but are just normal changes in the breast)

  • Presently, MRIs are only being used to screen breasts in clinical studies, which are not accepting new patients.

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