Though it makes sense to prepare as much as possible for a surgery, but in one case using MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) prior to breast cancer surgery may do more harm than good.

Most of the doctors typically use MRIs to refine their breast cancer surgical plans, in an attempt to save breasts of women having cancerous tumors removed.

But, doing so may actually delay the treatment and increase the chances for mastectomy.


“Without evidence of improved…outcomes as a result, our study does not support the routine use of MRI to select patients or facilitate the performance of breast-conserving therapy,” Dr. Richard J. Bleicher, from Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, and colleagues write in their study.

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