Objective: To assess the feasibility of 7-T contrast-enhanced breast MRI in patients with suspicious masses. Methods: Twenty patients with 23 suspicious breast masses on conventional imaging (mean size 13 mm, range 5-27 mm) were examined at 7 T. The MRI protocol included a dynamic series with injection of 0.1 mmol/kg gadobutrol (seven consecutive 3D T1-weighted gradient echo sequences, resolution 1 × 1 × 2 mm3, temporal resolution 63 s) and ultra-high-resolution imaging (T1-weighted 3D gradient echo sequence, resolution 0.45 × 0.57 × 0.45 mm3). Two observers (R1 and R2) independently judged the examinations on image quality and classified lesions according to BI-RADS. The added value of ultra-high-resolution imaging was assessed. Results: The image quality was deemed excellent in 1 and 0, good in 10 and 12, sufficient in 8 and 8, and insufficient in 1 and 0 for R1 and R2 respectively. Twenty of the 23 lesions were identified at 7-T MRI by both observers. All histopathologically proven malignant lesions (n = 19) were identified and classified as BI-RADS-MRI 4 or 5. Ultra-high-resolution imaging increased reader confidence in 88 % (R1) and 59 % (R2) of acquisitions. Conclusion: The study shows the feasibility of dynamic contrast-enhanced 7-T breast MRI, where all malignant mass lesions were identified by two observers.
- Breast neoplasms
- Feasibility studies
- Magnetic resonance imaging
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging