Breast MRI Spectroscopy

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: December 18, 2007
Last updated: February 5, 2015
Last verified: February 2015

The purpose of this study is to provide physicians with additional information not available with standard imaging methods for breast disease.

As part of the MRI examination ordered by your physician, a new method of analyzing the images or pictures will be used. This new method is called spectroscopy and is used routinely on other parts of the body such as the prostate and brain. Pictures produced with this sequence may look slightly different than the regular MRI pictures. Using spectroscopy data, it may be possible to distinguish benign conditions of the breast from malignant tumors and provide more precise information than can be obtained with regular MRI.

Condition Intervention
Suspicion of, or Known Breast Cancer
Other: Radiology/MRI scan

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Breast MRI Spectroscopy

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Further study details as provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine if spectroscopy of the breast can be performed and can be functional in a clinical environment. [ Time Frame: 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To determine if the data obtained can be reliably analyzed and useful to the final interpretation of the breast MRI examination. [ Time Frame: 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 150
Study Start Date: May 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Breast MR Spectroscopy
Conventional images will be taken with standard pulse sequences. These images will be used for the diagnostic examination for which the patient will have been scheduled. Following the diagnostic study, a pulse sequence designed to obtain spectroscopy data will be used.This will be used on the existing magnets 1.5T and 3T. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has 1.5T and 3T magnets. The patient will have only one injection of contrast (gadolinium-DTPA) for the initial diagnostic study. No additional contrast will be administered. The additional sequence should take about 10 minutes, depending on breast size.
Other: Radiology/MRI scan
MRI spectroscopy

Detailed Description:

Our aim is to perform MR Spectroscopy (MRS) on 150 evaluable patients at the end of their routine breast MRI examination using a software package from General Electric Medical Systems Milwaukee, WI). This will add time to the routine examination but will not involve additional injections of contrast. We will analyze the spectroscopic data to determine if benign lesions can be reliably differentiated from malignant ones.


Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Scheduled for diagnostic breast MRI examination or interventional procedure for a known or suspected breast lesion

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who would be normally excluded from undergoing an MRI examination:

    • Patients with a pacemaker, aneurysm clip or any other condition that would warrant avoidance of a strong magnetic field
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00577915

United States, New York
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10065
Sponsors and Collaborators
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Principal Investigator: Sandra Brennan, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00577915     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 03-037
Study First Received: December 18, 2007
Last Updated: February 5, 2015
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center:
Breast cancer
MRI spectroscopy
Diagnostic radiology processed this record on October 07, 2015