At South General Hospital, Stockholm, the Karma Group is testing if a short protocol for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is as good as a full protocol. The sensitivity of a mammogram in a woman with very dense breast is low and thus the number of false negatives increased. An MRI examination has an excellent sensitivity but takes approximately an hour to perform and interpret. There are recent studies describing an “abbreviated” MRI protocol, where examination time is reduced to 15 minutes without loosing sensitivity or specificity. Using a case control approach, including 500 breast cancer cases and healthy controls we will test if the short and full protocols are comparable.
Recruitment is ongoing. First results will come during 2019.