February 21st, 2018

Podcast 216: What role for MRI in breast cancer screening?

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A recent paper in JAMA Internal Medicine sought to examine what happens after breast cancer screening with magnetic resonance imaging. It reported that core and surgical biopsy rates doubled, compared with mammography, in women with a personal history of breast cancer; they rose fivefold among women with no personal breast cancer histories.

Dr. Diana Buist, the study’s principal author, helps sort out the implications of this study, done on some 2 million screenings.

Running time: 18 minutes

JAMA Internal Medicine paper

USPSTF guidelines on breast cancer screening for normal-risk women

American Cancer Society/American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Survivorship Care Guideline

American Cancer Society guidelines for breast screening with MRI as an adjunct to mammography

National Comprehensive Cancer Network clinical practice guidelines on breast cancer

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