EVALUATION OF ROLE OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING IN BREAST LESIONS: A PROSPECTIVE STUDY


Ishwar Charan, Namrata Jagawat, Akhil Kapoor, Vijay Haralgat Seetharamaiah

ABSTRACT

Background: There has been an increasing interest in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a non-invasive diagnostic modality for further characterizing suspicious breast lesions detected with mammography or ultrasound. This study was designed with the primary aim to study usefulness of MRI in patients presenting with breast related complaints.

Methods and Materials: Our study group consisted of 30 lesions in 28 patients chosen for breast MRI, for lesions suspicious of malignancy and for pre-operative evaluation in diagnosed cases of carcinoma breast. The imaging was performed on 1.5 T Phillips ACHIEVA MRI machine with dedicated breast coil & Siemens MAMMOMAT mammography machine. Standard protocols for MRI breast were followed as per the institutional guidelines.

Results and conclusion: In our study, we successfully used MRI–BIRADS lexicon for describing lesion morphology. MR imaging can be utilized as an important breast imaging modality as complimentary tool. Both malignant and benign lesions are identified more confidently with high-resolution MR imaging compared to conventional mammography.

Keywords: Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Breast lesions; Mammography.