New Study Seeks to Improve Presurgical Breast MRI Technique

Women in Connecticut about to undergo breast cancer surgery might be interested in the details that go into their surgical planning. A recent study of breast MRIs produced results that suggested that patient positioning during the procedure could influence the accuracy of the scans. Scan data might be distorted when patients undergo the MRI while face down. Scans taken of a patient who is face up might give a surgeon a more detailed view of breast tissues and tumors.

A doctor who reviewed the small study that compared results from 12 patients said the choice to have a patient face down during an MRI arises from the fact that breasts droop in different directions when a person is face up. This difference could also make results unclear. The authors of the study, however, pointed out that surgery is performed on face-up patients. Using a face-down scan while working on a face-up patient could introduce inconsistencies.

The results of the study indicated that “significant deformity” occurred on MRI scans when the patient was face down. Both the tumor’s location within a breast and the shape of the breast appeared different on the scan when compared to a face-up scan.

The diagnosis and treatment of cancer are dependent on medical imagining. A person whose condition worsened because of a physician’s failure to diagnose cancer might question the quality of care received. An attorney knowledgeable about medical cases might provide insights to help the person understand legal options for recovering damages. The review of medical records by an independent expert could be arranged by an attorney. If evidence emerges that the physician did not meet accepted standards of care, then an attorney might prepare a medical malpractice lawsuit.