Magnetic resonance mammography

Preliminary studies have shown that magnetic resonance mammography (MRM) can have a sensitivity of between 88% and 100% but with a specificity ranging from as low as 37-97%. This does limit the widespread clinical use of MRM. However, in patients with suspected local recurrence it can be very useful in identifying this and MRM also can allow the detection of multifocal disease within the breast. Other potential uses for MRM include assessing the response to

Figure 17.9. Characteristic appearances of a breast cancer on mammography.

primary chemotherapy and there are trials which are evaluating its use as a screening technique, particularly in its role in younger women.

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