Christina Applegate's Breast Cancer: FAQ
Applegate's Breast Cancer Found Early; Full Recovery Expected, Says Actress' Publicist
When you say kick them out, you mean refuse to do it.
Correct. They won't pay for it; they'll refuse to pay for it. Because they
are clearly looking at breast MRI to make sure it meets justification.
What about ultrasound? Don't a lot of women get mammogram and ultrasound
as well because of density?
You can, but ultrasound works really well if you know I need to look right
around here because there was something on the mammogram or something the
patient feels. When you have to screen the entire breast, it becomes a much
more difficult test to do. ... [It] only looks at one small area of the breast
at a time and you've got to move it all around the whole breast. It is very
easy to miss things.
Do you think MRI is going to get refined to the point where there aren't
as many false-positives?
It probably will. I'm not an MRI guru. I clearly think there are people
working on that. I think the Germans have done a very good job with breast MRI.
Look at mammography 30 or 40 years ago. They didn't do so great with it; we're
clearly much better than we used to [be]. So do I think MRI will get refined? I
do. Is it ever going to replace mammography? I think it's going to be a long
time before that ever happens.