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MRI Effectively Diagnoses Some Breast Cancers

Magnetic resonance imaging, commonly known as MRI, has been found effective in identifying and assessing the severity of invasive lobular breast cancer, a type of breast cancer that often defies detection using traditional mammography screening.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania conducted a small study of 28 women with invasive lobular carcinoma and found that MRI accurately identified and assessed the severity of disease in 25 of the 28 patients.

“Our preliminary findings show that information received through MRI can be used to plan the most accurate or expeditious treatment for the patient,” explained researcher Dr. Rose Heller, who worked together with Dr. Susan Orel on the study.

Results from the recent study were presented Monday at the American Roentgen Ray Society meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Reuters - May 10, 1999