Top Reasons to Consider Rapid Breast MRI

    Rapid Breast MRI is now making the news and the radiology trade media, but it is important for patients to understand what it means to them. It was a pretty big deal here at RMI to announce the publication of Dr. Strahle’s “Rapid Breast MRI” protocol. After all, it could be a major game changer.

    It’s easy to get knee-deep in the weeds about radiology exams, peer-reviewed research, and the like. So the question really becomes, “What does it mean to a woman?”

    If you’re a woman who has dense breast tissue, (50% of all women), Rapid Breast MRI it could mean the difference between life and death. Yes, it’s a bit of hyperbole, but nonetheless quite true. So to break it down, let’s look at some reasons to consider Rapid Breast MRI:

    1. Breast cancer continues to be a leading cause of death among women.
    2. You have dense breast tissue (the law says you must be informed of your density).
    3. Standard mammograms have a very poor rate at detecting breast cancer if you have dense tissue.
    4. MRI’s produce a very clean image, allowing radiologists to spot very small lesions.
    5. This means they could detect cancers 4 to 6 years earlier than with mammograms, ultrasound, or tomosynthesis.
    6. Our research has proven MRI scans can be done more quickly using a shorter “protocol”, thus reducing costs.
    7. In some women with dense tissue, a Rapid Breast MRI could be done every other year. This further reduces cost, placing out-of-pocket pricing within range of mammograms and less expensive than tomosynthesis.
    8. Someday, Rapid Breast MRI may be routine for women with dense breast tissue – allowing detected breast cancers to be easily removed with biopsy or freezing.

    As this story about Dr. Strahle’ groundbreaking research unfolds, we’ll post here occasionally to keep you updated. In the meantime, remember to know your numbers — Gail Score, HBOC, and breast density.