Benefits of Getting an MRI Before Surgery on Women with Breast Cancer

What we are studying

The purpose of this study is to test whether patients undergoing a breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) before breast surgery will have better results after the surgery. MRI is a medical imaging method that uses magnets to make images of the body. MRI helps doctors to tell the difference between cancer and normal tissue in the body. MRI uses dyes (“contrast agents”) that are injected into the veins to help create the images of the body’s tissues. Breast tumors are routinely evaluated using mammograms and ultrasound before surgery. This study would like to find out if using MRI in addition to mammography before surgery improves our ability to evaluate tumors and decide what kind of surgery is best for the patient.

Who we are studying

  • Women
  • Races:
    • White
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Other
  • All Ethnicities
  • Ages 18+

Eligibility Criteria

  • Clinical Stage I or II
  • ER negative/PR negative
  • No prior MRI within 12 months of breast area

What is involved

  • Randomized to Group A - no MRI or Group B - MRI of study
  • Questionnaires on Quality of Life and health
  • Post-Op visits for 2 years every 4 months- followed by visits every 6 months for approximately 5 years.

Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Michele Harmon, RN
Email
mharmon@wakehealth.edu
Phone
336-713-6925

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