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February 25, 2020

An Abbreviated MRI Protocol for Breast Cancer Screening in Women With Dense Breasts: Promising Results, but Further Evaluation Required Prior to Widespread Implementation

Author Affiliations
  • 1The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College and Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire
JAMA. 2020;323(8):719-721. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.0357

Few areas of medicine have been as controversial and emotionally charged as breast cancer screening. Although mammography screening is a mainstay of preventive health care for women in the United States, the limitations of mammography for detecting breast cancer among women with mammographically dense breasts have received increasing attention from both advocacy groups and the medical community. Currently, legislation addressing communication regarding breast density is in place for a majority of states (38 states and the District of Columbia), and a federal law mandates that the US Food and Drug Administration advance minimum national standards for breast density reporting to women undergoing mammography screening through changes to Mammography Quality Standards Act regulations.1