Preliminary study: Breast cancers can be well seen on 3T breast MRI with a half-dose of gadobutrol.


Department of Radiology, NYU School of Medicine, 160 E34th St, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10016, United States of America. Electronic address: [Email]


BACKGROUND : Dynamic contrast enhanced (DCE) breast MRI is highly sensitive for breast cancer and requires gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCA)s, which have potential safety concerns.
OBJECTIVE : Test whether breast cancers imaged by 3T DCE breast MRI with 0.05 mmol/kg of gadobutrol are detectable.
METHODS : Analysis of 3T DCE breast MRIs with half dose of gadobutrol from patients included in an IRB-approved and HIPPA-compliant prospective study of breast PET/MRI. Between 11/7/2014 and 3/2/2018, 41 consecutive women with biopsy-proven breast cancer that was at least 2 cm, multi-focal or multi-centric, had axillary metastasis, or had skin involvement who gave informed consent were included. Two breast radiologists independently recorded lesion conspicuity on a 4-point scale (0 = not seen, 1 = questionably seen, 2 = adequately seen, 3 = certainly seen), and measured the lesion. Size was compared between radiologists and with size on available mammogram, ultrasound, MRI, and surgical pathology. Inter-reader agreement was assessed by kappa coefficient for conspicuity. Lesion size comparisons were assessed using the Spearman rank correlation.
RESULTS : In 40 patients (ages 28.4-80.5, 51.9 years), there were 49 cancers. 10.1% of lesions were 1 cm or less and 26.5% of lesions were 2 cm or less. Each reader detected 49/49 cancers. Conspicuity scores ranged from 2 to 3, mean 2.9/3 for both readers (p = 0.47). Size on half-dose 3T DCE-MRI correlated with size on surgical pathology (r = 0.6, p = 0.03) while size on mammogram and ultrasound did not (r = 0.25, p = 0.46; r = 0.25, p = 0.42).
CONCLUSIONS : All breast cancers in this cohort, as small as 0.4 cm, were seen on 3T DCE breast MRI with 0.05 mmol/kg dose of gadobutrol.


Breast MRI,Breast cancer,Gadobutrol,Gadolinium,Half-dose,Low-dose,

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