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Evaluate the Use of the Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Determining if the Breast Tumor is Benign or Malignant

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified December 2009 by State University of New York - Upstate Medical University.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
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First received: March 12, 2008
Last updated: April 26, 2011
Last verified: December 2009

Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) is a novel imaging technique for noninvasive probing of biochemical properties of tissue. While MRS does not generate images of tumor per se it allows biochemical spectroscopic data to be obtained in vivo from user defined region-of-interest. In this manner, biochemical information elucidated by MRS can be interpreted in relation to detailed anatomy and images of metabolite distribution can be created. The aim of MRS is to identify presence and concentration of metabolites characteristic for normal and abnormal (tumor) cellular activities hence allow differential normal tissue from pathological tissue, as well as allow differentiating malignant from benign tumors.

Breast Tumors

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Clinical Implementation and Evaluation of MR Spectroscopy for Breast Cancer Detection

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Further study details as provided by State University of New York - Upstate Medical University:

Estimated Enrollment: 30
Study Start Date: November 2003
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Subjects with suspicious breast lesions that warrant further evaluation
Normal subjects used to evaluate software and to develop and optimize MR sequences

Detailed Description:

Recent in vivo studies have reported successful use of 1H and 31P MRS in differentiating between benign and malignant tumors in breast tissue. These studies demonstrated an increase in the choline metabolite peak that reflects an increase in choline-containing metabolites in 70-80% of breast carcinomas, as compared to 14-18% of benign breast tumors.The objectives would be to determine sensitivity/specificity of MRS in the context of breast CA, We will use normal volunteers to test software and to develop and optimize MR scan sequences prior to or during the testing of target subjects with suspicious breast lesion.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population

Subjects will be recruited from two ongoing clinical studies of the breast at SUNY Upstate Medical University.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • subjects should have well defined suspicious breast lesion and that will be biopsied
  • subjects are to include; varied volunteers with different breast tissue with characteristics such as dense breasts, fibrocystic breasts, "small" breasted and "large" breasted women.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Women of childbearing potential who are not practicing a medically accepted method of birth control should not participate
  • Subjects that are pregnant, breast-feeding, should not be able to participate
  • Subjects having any of the following metallic devices, will be ineligible to participate in the study: pacemaker, prosthesis, artificial heart valve, coronary artery stents, TENS (Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulator) or other neurological stimulation units and surgical clips.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00639171

Contact: Andrzej Krol, PhD 315-464-7064
Contact: Susan Hemingway, CCRP 315-464-5099

United States, New York
SUNY Upstate Medical University Recruiting
Syracuse, New York, United States, 13210
Contact: Susan Hemingway, CCRP    315-464-5099   
Sponsors and Collaborators
State University of New York - Upstate Medical University
Principal Investigator: Andrzej Krol, PhD State University of New York - Upstate Medical University
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Responsible Party: Andrzej Krol, PhD, SUNY Upstate Medical University Identifier: NCT00639171     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SUNYUMU 4909
Study First Received: March 12, 2008
Last Updated: April 26, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by State University of New York - Upstate Medical University:
diagnostic radiology
suspicious breast tumors

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Breast Neoplasms
Breast Diseases
Neoplasms by Site
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