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Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Women Recently Diagnosed With Unilateral Breast Cancer

This study has been completed.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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National Cancer Institute (NCI) Identifier:
First received: April 7, 2003
Last updated: October 23, 2012
Last verified: April 2004

RATIONALE: Diagnostic procedures such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may improve the ability to detect cancer in the unaffected breast of women recently diagnosed with unilateral breast cancer.

PURPOSE: Diagnostic trial to determine the effectiveness of MRI in evaluating the unaffected breast of women recently diagnosed with unilateral breast cancer.

Condition Intervention
Breast Cancer Procedure: magnetic resonance imaging Radiation: gadopentetate dimeglumine

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: MRI Evaluation Of The Contralateral Breast In Women With Recent Diagnosis Of Breast Cancer

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Further study details as provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):

Study Start Date: February 2001
Primary Completion Date: March 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:


  • Determine the diagnostic yield of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in evaluating the contralateral breast of women with a recent unilateral diagnosis of breast cancer and a negative contralateral mammogram and clinical breast exam.
  • Determine the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value for both call backs for additional imaging and biopsy recommendations, and receiver operating characteristic curves of MRI in evaluating these patients.
  • Determine the effect of the following patient-related factors: age (50 years old and over vs less than 50 years old), breast parenchymal density (fatty vs non fatty breast), and tumor histology (invasive lobular vs invasive ductal, invasive vs in situ) on the performance of MRI (cancer yield, sensitivity, specificity, and PPV).

OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study.

Patients receive gadopentetate dimeglumine IV and then undergo magnetic resonance imaging of the contralateral breast.

Patients are followed at 12-18 and 24-30 months.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 1,000 patients will be accrued for this study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Recently confirmed unilateral ductal carcinoma in situ or invasive cancer of the breast

    • Confirmed by biopsy or fine needle aspiration (FNA) within the past 60 days
  • Negative or benign mammogram (BI-RADS assessment 1 or 2) and negative or benign clinical breast exam of the contralateral breast within the past 90 days
  • Prior biopsy of the contralateral breast (including FNA) is allowed provided it was performed at least 6 months prior to study entry
  • Prior magnetic resonance exam of the contralateral breast is allowed provided it was performed at least 1 year prior to study entry
  • No remote history of breast cancer
  • No new breast symptoms within the past 60 days for which further evaluation is recommended
  • Hormone receptor status:

    • Not specified



  • 18 and over


  • Female

Menopausal status

  • Not specified

Performance status

  • Not specified

Life expectancy

  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • Not specified


  • No pacemaker
  • No magnetic aneurysm clips


  • Not pregnant
  • No implanted magnetic device
  • No severe claustrophobia
  • No other contraindications to MRI
  • No psychiatric, psychological, or other condition that would preclude informed consent


Biologic therapy

  • Not specified


  • At least 6 months since prior anticancer chemotherapy

Endocrine therapy

  • No concurrent therapeutic hormonal therapy, tamoxifen, or aromatase inhibitors (preventive therapy allowed)


  • Not specified


  • Not specified
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00058058

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Sponsors and Collaborators
American College of Radiology Imaging Network
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Study Chair: Constance Lehman, MD, PhD Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00058058     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CDR0000285698
Study First Received: April 7, 2003
Last Updated: October 23, 2012

Keywords provided by National Cancer Institute (NCI):
ductal breast carcinoma in situ
invasive ductal breast carcinoma
invasive lobular breast carcinoma
breast cancer in situ
stage I breast cancer
stage II breast cancer
stage IIIA breast cancer
stage IIIB breast cancer
stage IIIC breast cancer
stage IV breast cancer

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