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High-Risk Women Refuse Breast MRI

December 28, 2009
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A surprising number of women considered at high risk for breast cancer are turning down MRI screening, a diagnostic tool often recommended in addition to annual mammograms for high-risk cases. That’s according to a new study published in the January issue of Radiology. The study was led by Wendie A. Berg, MD, PhD, a breast imaging specialist at Johns Hopkins in Lutherville, Maryland.

The research team offered MRI screening to 1,215 high-risk women. Of these, 512 women refused the test, citing these reasons:

  • claustrophobia
  • lack of time
  • financial concerns
  • lack of referral from their physician, or lack of doctor’s indication that MRI was needed
  • lack of interest
  • intolerance to MRI testing
  • refusal to have intravenous injection
  • concerns over other subsequent tests
  • scheduling conflicts
  • inability to travel for the test
  • gadolinium-related risks or allergies
  • unknown reasons

Women with a 25 percent or greater lifetime chance of developing breast cancer were more likely to participate, the study authors said.


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