SAN DIEGO, May 7 (UPI) — Whole body magnetic resonance imaging may detect the spread of breast cancer to the bones.
Researchers at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Center in Pune, India, conducted a study and concluded whole body scans using MRIs was an effective tool to detect the spread of metastatic breast cancer.
The researchers noted MRI had the advantage — unlike other procedures commonly used — of not emitting radiation.
“Of the 99 patients, MRI accurately revealed that 47 patients were positive for metastases while 52 were negative,” lead author Dr. Joshita Singh said in a statement. “Of those patients who were positive for metastases, whole body MRI frequently detected bone metastases earlier when the patient was still asymptomatic.”
Singh and colleagues highly recommended whole body MRI as the imaging modality of choice for the detection of metastases in patients with breast cancer.
The findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Radiology in San Diego.
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