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The Breast MRI Evaluation Study
The Breast MRI Evaluation Study aims to find out if having a breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) after being diagnosed with breast cancer, might change plans for treatment and how this might affect patient outcomes.
The Australian Federal Government recently funded MRI via the Medical Benefits Schedule (MBS) to be used in some women with early breast cancer. Under the MBS, MRI can be used where there is a difference between a physical examination of the breast by a doctor (clinical examination) compared to imaging examinations (such as ultrasounds or mammograms) and /or the results of the MRI may change the type of treatment originally planned.
However, this is temporary funding and the Government has asked for more research to find out the best way to use MRI, when it will be most useful, and to find out if it can improve treatment options and patient outcomes.
As part of this research request, this study will help us find out if having a breast MRI after being diagnosed with breast cancer might change plans for treatment and how this might affect patient outcomes.
This is an Australian study that will enroll up to 400 participants in approximately 7 hospitals. It is open to women recently diagnosed with breast cancer and where the medical treatment team suggest that an MRI of the breast prior to undergoing initial treatment or surgery will help plan those treatment options.