What are the advantages of breast MRI as a supplement to mammography, especially for high-risk women?
To find more cancer, and presumably if you find more, you find it earlier, giving women the best opportunity for a cure and surviving that cancer. Is there a good understanding in the clinical community of what breast MRI can accomplish? Absolutely not, at least by what I see in terms of patients who are referred into our clinical practice, the kinds of things they are referred in for, and from my discussion with some of the community physicians who send patients to us in terms of what their expectations are and what we can actually provide. Q: What are the limitations of breast MRI? A: The key limitation right now is availability and availability of expertise. The second main limitation is the availability to do MR-guided biopsies. If you are going to start doing MR to detect lesions, you have to be able to sample them and guide their removal with MR. Interventions are not widely available or practiced so that’s a significant issue as well. Q: What is the potential of breast MRI to im