Correlation of fine needle aspiration biopsy and dynamic contrast- enhanced 3D magnetic resonance imaging of the breast

Brian T. Collins, Elisabeth M. Heiberg, William H. Perman, Virginia M. Herrmann

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OBJECTIVE: To correlate and assess the utility of dynamic contrast- enhanced three-dimensional gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (Gd-3DMRI) and fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) findings in patients with suspected breast disease. STUDY DESIGN: Beginning in 1993, all patients who underwent percutaneous FNAB of the breast and had concurrent Gd 3DMRI evaluation of the breast were selected for this study. Findings for FNAB and Gd-3DMRI were stratified into two categories, positive and negative. Subsequent clinical management decisions, which included surgical intervention and/or clinical follow-up, were recorded for all patients. RESULTS: There were 69 FNABs in 59 patients with corresponding Gd-3DMRI evaluation. A positive result by both FNAB and Gd-3DMRI was found in 15 of 18 malignant cases. FNAB missed one case, and Gd-3DMRI missed two, and each of these was thought to be technical. Combining the methods yielded 100% sensitivity. False positive results on Gd-3DMRI (17 cases) were all confirmed to be benign by FNAB and subsequent tissue evaluation. All 32 cases with combined negative results by FNAB and Gd-3DMRI demonstrated a benign process, yielding a specificity of 100% (32/32). CONCLUSION: Our combined testing modalities showed a high degree of specificity and good sensitivity. FNAB used with dynamic contrast-enhanced Gd-3DMRI can contribute valuable information for physicians treating patients with suspected breast abnormalities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-162
Number of pages5
JournalActa Cytologica
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999


  • Aspiration biopsy
  • Breast neoplasms
  • Magnetic resonance imaging


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