Pre-Op Breast MRI reduces repeat surgery

A Study presented by Yale School of Medicine Professor Liane Philpotts,  shows that patients with newly diagnosed breast cancers have fewer repeat surgeries when they have an MRI first.   http://rsna2011.rsna.org/search/event_display.cfm?printmode=n&em_id=11005598

The results were most dramatic in patients who have dense breast tissue (dense tissue is more challenging to evaluate on mammogram and ultrasound). 

When a lumpectomy is performed, if there are any cancerous cells remaining around the excision area, a second surgery is required to remove more tissue to ensure “clear margins”.  Breast MRI has been shown to show the size and shape of a cancerous lesion better than mammography or ultrasound, thus helping the surgeons be more accurate in the removal of the tumour and reducing the need for a second surgery.

Pre-op breast MRIs also show the extent of the disease better than mammography or ultrasound, and is often able to detect additional cancers in the same breast or other breast.  This information is very important in helping the patient and her medical team decide the best course of treatment.

Breast MRI is a useful tool for cancer staging and is not a substitute for screening mammography.  Patients who are breast cancer gene carriers and therefore are at high risker risk for developing breast cancer, may be candidates for MRI screening, but should also be screened annually with mammography.

For more information on Breast MRI at Canada Diagnostic Centres, click here, or call us at 1-877-709-8522.

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MRI can change diagnosis and treatment plan for knee problems

Did you know that using MRI for knee disorders can often change the diagnosis and treatment plan?

With an accurate diagnosis, confirmed by MRI, its easier for doctors and their patients to choose the best course of action – patients will get the more effective treatment.

A small study done by the Cleveland Clinic and presented in November at the Radiological Society of North America’s annual international conference found that an MRI changed the primary diagnosis in 37% of the cases and altered patient care in 29% of the cases including whether to do surgery or not, and which type of surgery to do.

The patients who were studied were all referred for MRIs by orthopedic or sports medicine doctors, who are the most skilled at evaluating knee problems.  The study hypothesized that if the expert diagnosis changed, then diagnosis done by non-surgeons or non-sports med doctors would probably be effected more. 

Looking for the right place to have your knee checked out?  Our radiologists are all skilled musculoskeletal MRI interpreters and work closely with the sports medicine doctors and surgeons at Allan McGavin Sports Medicine at UBC.  Call us today for more information at 1-877-709-8522 or visit us online at www.canadadiagnostic.com

And don’t forget to check out our options for pain management!  http://www.canadadiagnostic.com/content/services/pain-management.php

 

  Filed under: Categories: Knee, Knee, Knee, MRI Scans, MSK, Orthopedic, and Sport Medicine. Tags: knee MRI and knee problems.
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