MRI Helps Detect Breast Cancer in High-Risk Patients

(JULIE BLUM, THE COLUMBUS TELEGRAM) A new screening tool is helping detect breast cancer in women who are at a high risk for the disease.

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine has a cylinder-shaped opening where a patient lies while scans of a certain body part are taken.

Some community hospitals are now offering MRI as an additional tool in early diagnosis of breast cancer.

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It’s commonly used to diagnose problems in knees, the spine, brain and other areas.

Dr. Anthony Krueger, a radiologist at Columbus (Ohio) Community Hospital, said this advanced technology provides a more complete picture of the tissue for women who need additional screening.

An MRI may be recommended for women at high risk for breast cancer because of a genetic marker or family history of the disease. An MRI can also be used to determine the size of a tumor and check for other irregularities.

However, it’s not the only precautionary measure recommended.

“An MRI doesn’t replace a mammogram or ultrasound. It is the next step,” Krueger said.

Unlike a mammogram, which compresses the breast and uses low-dose X-rays to get a picture of the tissue, an MRI uses magnets to produce scans of the body.

The images are reviewed that day and decisions can be made about the next step in a patient’s treatment. READ THE FULL STORY AT THE COLUMBUS TELEGRAM. Also of interest: Breast Cancer Breakthrough: THIS Could Stop It From Spreading & Save Lives