Scientists from the Department of Radiology at the University of Washington Medical Centre and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in Seattle looked retrospectively at the breast screenings using MRI of 1,026 women.
They revealed that MRI identified 25 out of 27 cancers in the group of patients.
However, the MRI exam showed an improved level of accuracy among women with a personal history of the disease.
In fact, the scan was more accurate with this group than with women with a genetic or family history of breast cancer.
Wendy DeMartini, an assistance professor who worked on the research, commented: “In our study using breast MRI screening, we actually detected proportionally more cancers in women with a personal history of breast cancer, compared with those women with a genetic mutation or strong family history who are currently recommended to have breast MRI.”
She added that women who had a personal history were “less likely to be recalled for additional testing and less likely to have a biopsy for a false positive MRI finding”.