Women with dense breasts have an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Although mammograms help in the detection of the early signs of breast cancer, it may be difficult to see small lesions or cancer in women with dense breasts.
UF Health Imaging Center – Wildlight has introduced a new screening technology unique to Northeast Florida. The abbreviated breast MRI procedure is a fast and effective supplemental screening tool in addition to 3D mammograms for the early detection of breast cancer in women with dense breasts and for women with a family history of breast cancer.
Abbreviated breast MRI, also referred to as AB-MRI, or fast breast MRI, is a radiation-free, shortened version of a breast MRI that screens for breast abnormalities, including cancers, not seen on a mammogram. AB-MRI is a quick procedure, only taking 15 minutes to complete.
Smita Sharma, MD, chief of the division of women’s imaging at UF Health Jacksonville, and Haley Letter, MD, assistant professor and program director of the breast imaging and intervention fellowship at the UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville, have collaborated with the UF Health Women’s Imaging team to make this screening available to patients.
“AB-MRI is shown to detect breast cancers that may be missed on 2D and 3D mammograms due to the masking effect of dense breast tissue. It’s demonstrated to be the most sensitive tool for finding cancer in women with dense breasts,” Letter said.