Patient Positioning For Breast MRI Might Hamper Accuracy Of Scan Results

Posted: Jun 23 2016, 6:41am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Patient Positioning for Breast MRI Might Hamper Accuracy of Scan Results
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  • Position in which Breast MRI Scan is taken may affect Results

It has been found that the position in which breast MRI scan is taken may affect results for females.

The position in which a female is placed beneath the MRI breast scan prior to surgery could have an effect on the accuracy of the scan results. It was a small study and it showed that MRI images taken before a surgical procedure could be incorrect if the patient is lying with her back facing upwards.

On the contrary, facing up while under the MRI scanner may lead to more details getting detected by the machine. This could aid the doctors in making a full diagnosis.

The tumor could be removed with greater efficiency and expertise thanks to the patient’s particular position. Normally, before breast surgery, an MRI scan is a must.

This is in order to detect any signs of the tumor and its location, shape and size. Pre-operative planning is of the essence here. To determine if there are any more tumors that need to be operated on is crucial.

The fact that many MRI scans are taken while the patient is facing down is a case of the defunct rules of the past continuing to create chaos in the present.

When the female is on her back, the breasts are more likely to droop to the sides. This is reason for misinterpretation. However, the surgical option is carried out while the patient is on her back which is different from the face-down position for the MRI scan.

The study, published in Radiology, included a dozen patients who were in the process of undergoing a lumpectomy. Half of them had MRI scans before and after the surgeries. The face down position in the MRI procedure led to significant deformity of the tumor and breast in the scans that came out as a result.

These changes in shape and size were notable and led to the belief that having MRI scans done in both face-down and face-up positions would be the best bet against further complications.

Even now 15% to 40% of females need more operations after a lumpectomy. This could be avoided with a little more care and vigilance. The study has been carried out on a small scale though.

It needs to be corroborated even further before anything can be said with certainty. Since only half a dozen patients were studied more work needs to be done before anything is declared as the final word.

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