Over the years, numerous studies have been conducted about which technology is right for detecting breast cancer as early as possible. So which option seems more feasible; Mammography or a breast MRI?
Mammograms use a low dose of radiation in the imaging process. The procedure has been known to be uncomfortable, awkward, and sometimes painful. While mammograms may sometimes miss tumors, certain cancer cells can only be detected with a mammogram.
Breast MRIs use a powerful magnet for imaging without exposure to radiation. This process is known for being more sensitive for detecting the most invasive cancers. However, while MRI scans for the breast are more sensitive, they can also display false positives. This can then lead to unnecessary follow-up imaging.
Although both imaging techniques are effective, breast MRI exams can be used to complete mammography exams. The first thing to understand is that mammograms reduce mortality rates from breast cancer by up to 30 percent or more in women from ages 40-47. Breast MRI scans are still relatively new, and no proper studies have been conducted to document the mortality reduction from getting a breast MRI.
However, some women may benefit from breast MRI scans including:
- Women with silicone breast implants.
- Women who are higher at risk of getting breast cancer.
- Women who may be suspected of breast cancer recurrence.
- Women with hard to assess abnormalities.
Women who have a new breast cancer diagnosis.
There are also instances where breast MRI’s should be AVOIDED for:
- Women with metal present in their bodies.
- Women with pacemakers.
- Women who are allergic to the contrast agent.
The role of breast MRI exams are still evolving and will continue to be studied to determine the effectiveness. In the meantime, it is also necessary that the quality of medical imaging equipment is of higher levels so that they can guarantee the accurate diagnosis of illnesses. If you are interested in purchasing a mammography machine for sale, an MRI machine, or other medical imaging equipment at affordable rates while ensuring the quality, Amber USA is the place for you! Amber USA guarantees high-quality used and refurbished medical imaging equipment for improved patient diagnosis and customer satisfaction.