How likely the chances of cancer in an abnormal breast MRI

How likely the chances of cancer in an abnormal breast MRI

If a biopsy is performed based on an abnormal MRI finding, how likely will this be cancer?

One analysis evaluating 10 studies using breast MRI for screening women at high risk for breast cancer found that the positive predictive value (PPV) for malignancy among patients who had a biopsy varied from 17% to 89% (mean of 45%).

Approximate benchmarks in the current BI-RADS atlas for biopsies performed as a result of screening breast MRI are that 20%-50% of biopsies for high risk women should be positive for cancer 

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