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Abbreviated MRI equals standard protocol for high-risk breast cancer screens

Key clinical point: An abbreviated magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocol for screening individuals at high risk for breast cancer performed as well as a standard protocol, in about half the time and with greater patient satisfaction.

Major finding: The shorter protocol took 16.3 minutes on average, compared with 27 minutes for the standard MRI protocol. This difference resulted in a 50% increase in institutional capacity.

Study details: Prospective study of 881 high-risk patients receiving standard protocol breast cancer screening MRIs and 658 patients receiving abbreviated protocol MRIs.

Disclosures: Dr. Seely reported that she had no relevant conflicts of interest. She reported no funding source beyond the province of Ontario.


Seely J et al. RSNA 2019, Session RC-215-04.