The aim of this study is to present a 6-year prospective evaluation of second-look ultrasound (US) using volume navigation (V Nav) for MRI-detected additional breast lesions.
After IRB approvals in both institutions, 1930 consecutive prone MRI breast examinations in 1437 patients were prospectively evaluated. All patients with an MRI-detected additional lesion underwent second-look US, and if occult, contrast-enhanced MRI in supine position was performed for US and MRI co-registration. For patients with breast hypertrophy, MRI-guided biopsy was performed directly. Pathologic examination was the standard of reference. One-way ANOVA and chi-square tests were used.
In 490 MRI examinations (25.4%, 490/1930), at least one additional breast lesion was detected for a total of 722 only MRI-detected lesions. Second-look US identified 549 additional lesions (23 ± 8 mm); 362 (65.9%, 362/549) proved benign at pathology and 187 (34.1%, 187/549) malignant. Second-look US with V Nav identified 151 additional lesions (17 ± 9 mm, p = n.s.); 67 (44.4%, 67/151) proved benign at pathology and 84 (55.6%, 84/151) malignant. MRI-guided biopsy was performed on 22 additional breast lesions (22 ± 8 mm, p = n.s.); pathology revealed 20 (90.9%, 20/22) benign lesions and 2 (9.1%, 2/22) malignant ones. Mass lesions were significantly higher in the second-look US group (p < 0.001). No significant difference in lesion dimension was found between the three groups (p = 0.729).
Second-look US with V Nav can be effective in detecting a large number of additional breast lesions occult at second-look US and to biopsy a significant number of malignant lesions safely and irrespective of distance from skin or lesion position.
• Second-look US with volume navigation is effective in detecting occult additional lesions.
• Permits safe biopsies irrespective of position and depth
• Reduces the need for MRI-guided biopsy
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- BI-RADS™ :
Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System
Ductal carcinoma in situ
Invasive ductal carcinoma
Invasive lobular carcinoma
Liver acquisition volume acceleration
Magnetic resonance imaging
- THIVE SPAIR:
Three-dimensional turbo field echo sequence with T1-weighted high-resolution isotropic examination volume and spectral attenuated inversion recovery
- V Nav:
MRI volume navigation
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The scientific guarantor of this publication is Prof. Luca Volterrani.
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Written informed consent was obtained from all subjects (patients) in this study.
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• Multicentre study
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Video – Ultrasound images (left side) with the corresponding multiplanar reconstructed MR images (right side) of a 49-year-old woman with rounded-irregular lesion of 11 mm in the lower external quadrant of the right breast detected at second-look US. However, second-look US with volume navigation (V Nav) revealed the intraductal component extension without any correlation at US images. Pathology demonstrated an invasive ductal carcinoma of 13 mm and a ductal carcinoma in situ of 47 mm impossible to detect with second-look US. The green box represents the corresponding US area on MR image showing additional lesion shape and conspicuity. (MOV 830 kb)
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Fausto, A., Bernini, M., La Forgia, D. et al. Six-year prospective evaluation of second-look US with volume navigation for MRI-detected additional breast lesions. Eur Radiol 29, 1799–1808 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00330-018-5765-8
- Breast ultrasonography
- Magnetic resonance imaging
- Breast tumours
- Multimodal imaging
- Image-guided biopsy