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Do breast mri's ever have a false positive reading?

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Dr. Sean Canale
Breast Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: The strength of the bmri is it's sensitivity. It's unlikely to miss anything abnormal. The downfall is that they are so sensitive they may demonstrate things that aren't cancer. Bmris are very sensitive to hormones. To maximize the sensitivity and specificity, a screening study should be scheduled at the low phase of menstrual cycle or off HRT for 30 days.
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Dr. Stephen Saponaro
Specializes in Radiology
Yes: False positive rate of breast MRI is 13%.
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 34 years experience
False positive: rates for Breast MRI in the more recent studies range from 3-16%. Technical improvements and better interpretation criteria have improved the false positive rate in recent years.
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