Breast Cancer Research and Treatment

, Volume 106, Issue 1, pp 65–74

Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance mammography: does it affect surgical decision-making in patients with breast cancer?

  • Federica Pediconi
  • Carlo Catalano
  • Simona Padula
  • Antonella Roselli
  • Enrica Moriconi
  • Valeria Dominelli
  • Anna Maria Pronio
  • Miles A. Kirchin
  • Roberto Passariello
Clinical Trial

DOI: 10.1007/s10549-006-9472-9

Cite this article as:
Pediconi, F., Catalano, C., Padula, S. et al. Breast Cancer Res Treat (2007) 106: 65. doi:10.1007/s10549-006-9472-9

Abstract

Background

Diagnostic imaging in women with suspected breast cancer should accurately detect and diagnose malignant tumors and facilitate the correct choice of therapy. Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance mammography (CE-MRM) is potentially the imaging modality of choice for accurate patient management decisions.

Methods

A total of 164 women with suspected breast cancer based on clinical examination, conventional mammography and/or ultrasound each underwent preoperative bilateral CE-MRM using an axial 3D dynamic T1-weighted gradient-echo sequence and gadobenate dimeglumine as contrast agent. Images were evaluated by two readers in consensus. Histological evaluation of detected lesions was performed on samples from core biopsy or surgery. Determinations were made of the sensitivity, accuracy and positive predictive value of CE-MRM compared to mammography/ultrasound for the detection of malignant lesions and of the impact of CE-MRM for surgical decision-making.

Findings

Conventional mammography/ultrasound detected 175 lesions in the 164 evaluated patients. CE-MRM revealed 51 additional lesions in 34/164 patients; multifocal and multicentric cancer was detected in 7 and 4 additional patients, respectively, contralateral foci in 21 additional patients and pectoral muscle infiltration in 2 additional patients. CE-MRM also confirmed the absence or benignity of 3 and 1 lesions suspected of malignancy on mammography/ultrasound. The sensitivity and accuracy for malignant lesion detection and identification was 100% and 93.4%, respectively, for CE-MRM compared to 77.3% and 72.1% for mammography/ultrasound, respectively. Patient management was altered for 32/164 (19.5%) patients as a result of CE-MRM.

Interpretation

CE-MRM positively impacts patient management decisions and should be performed in all women with suspected breast cancer based on clinical examination, mammography and/or ultrasound.

Keywords

BreastBreast neoplasms MRCancerContrast mediaMagnetic resonance (MR)

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Federica Pediconi
    • 1
  • Carlo Catalano
    • 1
  • Simona Padula
    • 1
  • Antonella Roselli
    • 1
  • Enrica Moriconi
    • 1
  • Valeria Dominelli
    • 1
  • Anna Maria Pronio
    • 2
  • Miles A. Kirchin
    • 3
  • Roberto Passariello
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiological SciencesUniversity of Rome “La Sapienza”RomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of Rome “La Sapienza”RomeItaly
  3. 3.Worldwide Medical AffairsBracco Imaging SpAMilanItaly