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South Med J. 1998 Jun;91(6):527-32.

Dynamic magnetic resonance imaging in evaluating suspicious breast lesions: correlation with pathologic findings.

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Department of Radiology, University of South Alabama, Mobile 36617, USA.



We used dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study breast lesions in 13 women.


We observed differences in contrast uptake between benignancy and malignancy in 14 suspicious breast lesions. Three-dimensional (3D) gradient echo sequences were obtained before and after administration of gadolinium-based contrast medium (0.16 mmol/kg). The percentage of signal increase in lesions was measured in a series of five 90-second sequences, and time-enhancement patterns were correlated with pathologic diagnoses.


Seven benign lesions and three breast cancer recurrences showed less than 185% signal increase at 90 seconds after contrast administration. Three new breast cancers and one recently biopsied benign lesion showed more than 185% signal increase at 90 seconds.


Using this MRI technique, we can discriminate between new breast cancers (more than 185% early signal increase) and breast cancer recurrence and/or benign lesions (less than 185% early signal increase) but cannot distinguish recurrent from benign lesions.

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