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Health Watch: Breast MRI

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Just over a month ago, we aired My Mom's story.  It was a year long journey that followed her battle with breast cancer. We started with her double mastectomy and ended the day before she died. You can still watch it at 

Because of My Mom's story, every area hospital and Reno Diagnostic Center donated free mammograms and other services. RDC donated 10 free mammograms. and we are still giving them away on our morning show, so be sure to tune in starting at 5 a.m. each day.

Breast MRI technology is available at RDC. It allows doctors to see changes in blood flow before a lump has formed. 

Dr. Eric Kraemer is a radiologist with RDC. "The cancer vessels are different. They leak. You can see on the screen there is leakiness. There is increased vascularity. This is an area you'd want to look at more even before it's formed a mass or something that's visibly seen and distorting the architecture. You're looking at a level deeper to say the physiology of this area of the breast is different."

The breast MRI is contrasted and it scans the breast six times in three minutes. Dr. Kraemer says early detection and improved treatment are two of the main reasons cancer death rates are dropping.

Written by Wendy Damonte
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