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Breast Ultrasounds Spot More Cancers

High-Risk Women Benefit From Addition of Ultrasound to Mammography

MRI Spots Even More Breast Cancers continued...

The major drawback to adding ultrasound or MRI screening was an increase in false-positives, with women having to then undergo biopsies, she says.

But Berg says modern biopsy techniques are "like going to the dentist. It's done in about 15 minutes with lidocaine."

Most women "say it's not a big deal, that they would rather be sure there's no cancer," she says.

Some women cannot tolerate MRI because it requires an injection or makes them feel claustrophobic, she says.

"Women at high risk of breast cancer should consider an MRI. If they can't tolerate it, ultrasound is now a viable alternative," Berg says.

RSNA spokesperson Joseph Tashjian, MD, president of St. Paul Radiology in Minnesota, tells WebMD that the findings show the value of additional screening tools in women at high risk of breast cancer.

Women should discuss the risks and benefits of additional screening with their doctors, he says.

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