Mammography or Breast MRI – Which is more effective?

According to the World Health Organisation, in 2021, there were 7.8 million women alive who were diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 5 years.

While it may be the world’s most prevalent cancer, if detected early, there are more treatment options and a better chance for survival. Women whose breast cancer is detected at an early stage have a 93% percent or higher survival rate in the first five years.

Mammography or Breast MRI?

Mammography and Breast MRIs are the primary methods of breast cancer detection – let’s examine both these methods more closely.

In mammography, low doses of radiation are used to image the breast. Mammography is a highly effective tool, and doctors and medical organisations recommend annual mammograms for all average-risk women above the age of 40 years, and for high-risk women above the age of 30 years.

The breast MRI uses a powerful magnet to image the breast, with no radiation exposure. Breast MRIs are typically suggested as a supplementary modality after a mammogram.

Let’s weigh the pros and cons of both methods of screening.

Significance of Mammography:


Advantages of Breast MRIs

Disadvantages of Breast MRIs

In short, the Breast MRI does not substitute a Mammogram but would complement it for certain advised cases. Mammography remains the gold standard for early detection of breast cancer, with a cost cheaper than MRI, yet with higher detection rate (89-97%) of early breast cancer and a higher specificity rate i.e. the ability to correctly identify women without breast cancer.

If you’d like to know more about Mammography equipment or breast MRI screening equipment, give our team at Blue Star E&E a call.

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