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Breast. 2001 Feb;10(1):38-40.

The diagnosis of invasive lobular breast carcinoma. Does MRI have a role?

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  • 1Department of Surgery, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust, UK.


Invasive lobular breast carcinoma accounts for approximately 15% of all breast cancers and is difficult to detect using conventional breast imaging techniques. We report a comparison between clinical, ultrasound scan (USS), mammographic and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of 22 patients with invasive lobular breast carcinomas. Actual tumour size was ascertained by histopathology. MRI detected 21 of the 22 invasive lobular cancers whilst mammography and USS detected 16 and 20 respectively. 19 tumours were clinically palpable. MRI was more accurate at assessing tumour size than USS and clinical examination, both of which underestimated tumour size.

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