1464 - Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging for improved definition of the breast cancer primary

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Application Detail



Description of Medical Service

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to image the breast when there is a discrepancy between clinical examination findings and conventional imaging findings.

Description of Medical Condition

Patients diagnosed with breast cancer present either with a palpable lump or abnormality noted on screening (usually on mammogram and confirmed on ultrasound).

Reason for Application

New MBS item

Medical Service Type

Investigative medical service

Previous Application Number


Associated Documentation

Application Form

Application Form (PDF 463 KB)
Application Form (Word 271 KB)

PICO Confirmation

PICO Confirmation (Word 188 KB)
PICO Confirmation (PDF 902 KB)

Consultation Survey

Consultation Survey (PDF 97 KB)
Consultation Survey (Word 508 KB)

Assessment Report


Public Summary Document

MSAC, in conjunction with the applicant, requested that Application 1464 - Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for improved definition of the breast cancer primary be placed on hold.

MSAC has referred this application to the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) for a Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research grant opportunity. The MRFF provides an opportunity to support research that addresses questions that focus on the comparative effectiveness of health services and areas of health system practice with low or insubstantial evidence.

This grant opportunity is an avenue for further funding for research to consider MRI of the breast to assist in the diagnosis, staging and pre-surgical planning of breast cancer. Further information on the grant can be found at https://nhmrc.gov.au/funding/find-funding/mrff-targeted-health-system-and-community-organisation-research-grant-opportunity.

For researchers interested in applying, they should visit GrantConnect at www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=37F641D8-A6D8-A2EB-0209DB1E3B69B3FA. Submissions for this grant close 5pm on 6 February 2019.

MSAC will review the research when it becomes available.

Meetings for this Application


12 April 2017




1 June 2018