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Ask an Expert: MRI screening for breast cancer

Q: Are MRI's better than mammograms for detecting breast cancer? Should I be asking my doctor for an MRI with my annual exam?

Answer from the expert staff of breast cancer research at the Robert W. Franz Cancer Research Center at Providence Portland Medical Center:

Forms Instructions

Request a Mammogram Appointment

Following the American Cancer Society guidelines, women are advised to have a screening mammogram every year after their 40th birthday. Most health insurance plans cover mammography expenses. Financial counseling is available for those without insurance.

MRI Screening for Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer

Women at high risk of developing breast cancer should receive an annual magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, in addition to their yearly mammogram, beginning as early as age 30, according to guidelines published by the American Cancer Society.

New Guidelines for Mammography Screening

Breast health experts at Providence Health & Services recognize the importance and complexity of counseling women on breast health and screening recommendations. In November 2009, the US Preventive Services Task Force issued updated guidelines for breast cancer screening. These new recommendations have been met with uneven acceptance from various foundations, professional organizations and breast health providers.

We have reviewed these new recommendations carefully and have engaged a number of concerned providers, physicians and women’s health advocates in order to gain consensus around this important issue. In general, Providence endorses the thorough, professional and evidence-based effort put forth by the USPSTF and recognizes these are difficult issues to analyze.