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Jan 8, 2010 3:45 PM by News First 5

Women ignoring the value of MRIs in breast cancer diagnosis

Researchers say many women at high-risk for breast cancer are reluctant to undergo MRI screening.

An MRI is a screening tool that can be used to identify early breast cancer often missed by mammograms and ultrasound.  However, 42-percent of high-risk women in the study refused to undergo the procedure -- even if it was free of charge.

Most said they were claustrophobic - and afraid to be in the closed MRI machine.  Others blamed time constraints and insurance concerns. 

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