Dynamic contrast-enhanced images with high spatial and temporal resolutions were acquired with a fast 3D spoiled gradient echo (SPGR) sequence using spectral selective inversion recovery (IR) pulse. Five healthy volunteers and 12 patients with 14 pathologically proven breast lesions were studied. Fat suppressed volume image data covering the entire breast were obtained with a sufficient spatial resolution (0.9 x 1.5 x 3.0 mm3) and an imaging time of 57 s. By using the criteria including peripheral enhancement and presence of spiculation, sensitivity, specificity, and accuracy in detecting malignant lesions were 88.9, 80.0 and 85.7%, respectively. Although the C/N and S/N ratios were approximately 30% less than those of the conventional fat suppressed 3D technique, fast 3D SPGR imaging with spectral IR method demonstrated sufficient image quality for both time intensity analysis and morphological evaluation of the breast lesions with a data acquisition time less than half of the conventional method. This technique can substantially improve spatial and temporal resolutions of dynamic MR images of the breast and will be useful in evaluating malignant and benign breast lesions.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - 01-12-1998|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging