Challenges to interpretation of breast MRI

J Magn Reson Imaging. 2001 Jun;13(6):821-9. doi: 10.1002/jmri.1117.


This review describes the current knowledge and challenges of lesion interpretation with MRI of the breast according to different image interpretation strategies. Particular emphasis is given to patient- and tumor-related factors that influence image interpretation. The impacts of the menstrual cycle, prior surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy are summarized. Particular enhancement features of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) or invasive lobular carcinoma are described. Finally, an adequate diagnosis at MRI of the breast should take into account the results of the patient's history, physical examination, and all imaging tests performed before MRI. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2001;13:821-829.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Breast / pathology*
  • Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Carcinoma, Intraductal, Noninfiltrating / diagnosis*
  • Carcinoma, Lobular / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / diagnosis*