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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Shorter Noncontrast-Enhanced Breast MRI Protocol May Reduce Number Of Unnecessary Biopsies

Aunt Minnie (9/30, Forrest) reports that “a shorter noncontrast-enhanced breast MRI protocol might help reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies by gathering additional information about suspicious lesions found on screening mammography while cutting scanning time.” In fact, “with a negative predictive value of 92%, the accuracy of the diffusion-weighted imaging with background suppression (DWIBS) protocol was comparable to that of conventional diagnostic MRI and an abbreviated contrast-enhanced protocol.” The findings were published online Sept. 29 in Radiology.  
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