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'Fast' MRI Detects Breast Cancers That 3-D Mammograms May Miss

Medical Dialogues

Beth Reisboard, 76, was relieved in 2018 when she received the results from her annual mammogram: "Negative." But her OB-GYN suggested she have a second screening. Reisboard has dense breasts, which means there are certain cancers that mammography may not be sensitive enough to detect.

Surprised, Reisboard scheduled an appointment to undergo an abbreviated MRI at Penn Medicine. Twelve hours later, she received a call from the clinic -- they had found a tumor.

"By the time the cancer would have been picked up by a mammogram, it could have been stage two or three. By recommending a second ...