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Can you tell me the difference between breast MRI and mammography?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: About $2000

Mammograms are the"gold standard" for breast cancer screening because they miss few cancers (~10%) and are inexpensive.
Mris are more sensitive than mammograms and are especially useful for women with very dense breast tissue, however they are very expensive. If you do get an MRI we still recommend mammograms because microcalcifications are better seen that way.

In brief: About $2000

Mammograms are the"gold standard" for breast cancer screening because they miss few cancers (~10%) and are inexpensive.
Mris are more sensitive than mammograms and are especially useful for women with very dense breast tissue, however they are very expensive. If you do get an MRI we still recommend mammograms because microcalcifications are better seen that way.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Tina Stein
Radiology
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In brief: MRI more sensitive

Mammograms can miss up to 50% of cancers depending on the density of a woman's breasts.
Mri's will miss less than 10% of cancers regardless of breast density. That being said, a woman over 40 should always get yearly mammograms which find the earliest form of breast cancer (dcis) sometimes not visible on mri. Average risk women do not qualify for insurance coverage of screening mammogram.

In brief: MRI more sensitive

Mammograms can miss up to 50% of cancers depending on the density of a woman's breasts.
Mri's will miss less than 10% of cancers regardless of breast density. That being said, a woman over 40 should always get yearly mammograms which find the earliest form of breast cancer (dcis) sometimes not visible on mri. Average risk women do not qualify for insurance coverage of screening mammogram.
Dr. Tina Stein
Dr. Tina Stein
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Dr. Raj Syal
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Lots of differences

Mammogram looks for abnormal calcifications.
Mri detects abnormally active tissue with the aid of contrast. Since cancer cells are more active, they absorb more of the contrast and can be seen on the MRI images. One is not better than the other. They each have a specific use.

In brief: Lots of differences

Mammogram looks for abnormal calcifications.
Mri detects abnormally active tissue with the aid of contrast. Since cancer cells are more active, they absorb more of the contrast and can be seen on the MRI images. One is not better than the other. They each have a specific use.
Dr. Raj Syal
Dr. Raj Syal
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