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Dr. Lehman Discusses the Use of Breast MRI

Constance D. Lehman, MD, PhD
Published: Monday, Jun 10, 2013

Constance D. Lehman, MD, PhD, Vice Chair, Radiology Department, University of Washington School of Medicine, Medical Director, Imaging, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, discusses the use of breast MRI.

Breast MRI is often used in patients with high-risk disease for screening purposes. Research has demonstrated that node-positive disease can be all but completely eliminated in patients at high risk when screened annually with breast MRI. This is exciting news, Lehman says.

Breast MRI is also used in patients who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. This is a controversial area, Lehman says. Research is being conducted to better understand how to use breast MRI in the pre-operative setting as well as the potential benefits and risks.

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Constance D. Lehman, MD, PhD, Vice Chair, Radiology Department, University of Washington School of Medicine, Medical Director, Imaging, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, discusses the use of breast MRI.

Breast MRI is often used in patients with high-risk disease for screening purposes. Research has demonstrated that node-positive disease can be all but completely eliminated in patients at high risk when screened annually with breast MRI. This is exciting news, Lehman says.

Breast MRI is also used in patients who have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. This is a controversial area, Lehman says. Research is being conducted to better understand how to use breast MRI in the pre-operative setting as well as the potential benefits and risks.

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