Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. On a global scale, every tenth woman is affected, and numbers continue to rise. MR imaging can help physicians provide early and reliable diagnosis especially in difficult cases. MR Imaging can also help support physician accuracy in preoperative staging and differential diagnosis, resulting in faster and more cost-effective patient management.
Offering high-quality breast imaging and biopsy capabilities
We support breast imaging on all scanners of the MAGNETOM family and offer breast coils to meet different needs. Our breast coils are designed to provide high SNR for excellent diagnostic image quality or to provide greatest access to the breast for interventions.
From routine breast imaging to advanced applications
Artifacts caused by motion and susceptibility as well as the specific composition of breast tissue can make routine breast imaging a challenge. We offer several applications for reliable routine breast imaging and click-n-go protocols for consistent results in breast imaging, even in patients with implants. Advanced applications for spectroscopy and angiography can support therapy monitoring and breast tissue visualization due to increased spatial resolution.
Applications for contrast dynamics
VIEWS: Volume imaging with enhanced water signal
VIEWS provides isotropic 3D imaging protocols with high temporal and spatial resolution as well as excellent fat suppression. You can acquire images bilaterally or unilaterally with excellent coverage of the axillae and retrosternal regions.
TWIST: Time-resolved angiography with interleaved stochastic trajectories
TWIST is an advanced application for time-resolved, dynamic 3D imaging, based on a k-space sampling algorithm. Signal-enhanced data can be used to evaluate potential tumor vascularization. TWIST provides submillimeter spatial and high temporal resolution as the basis for high-quality dynamic datasets that can be evaluated in a 3D or 4D format.
RESOLVE: Outstanding diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI)
RESOLVE reduces blurring and susceptibility to artifacts. It is largely free of distortions and delivers sharp images at higher spatial resolution. RESOLVE is especially attractive for the evaluation of smaller lesions in a wide range of examinations.
Workflow & Postprocessing
From image acquisition to image evaluation
Time-consuming set-ups and post-processing can slow down all aspects of your breast workflow, including examination time. Our MAGNETOM scanners offer in-line technology that enables processing instead of post-processing, speeding up the time from image acquisition to image evaluation.
Breast Dot Engine
Predefined strategies are provided for lesion and implant evaluation as well as for intervention with various Siemens breast coils. The user simply tailors the exam to each individual patient, i.e. with implant situation, and defines the scanning approach.
- Optimal timing of dynamic scans
- Step-by-step user guidance
- Example images and guidance text are displayed for each individual step
- Images and text are easily configurable by the user
- Biopsy planning software (optional) displays target coordinates of the lesion on the Dot scanner display.
If breast imaging is part of the routine, a fast, reliable, and easy-to-use processing and workflow solution for reading and reporting is needed. Our dedicated reading and reporting software syngo.MR BreVis is a computer-aided tool for real-time breast analysis.
- Breast specific windowing presets
- Elastic registration for patient motion correction as auto preprocessing step
- On the fly time-course evaluation and color overlay maps
- A statistic on lesion enhancement helps you assess therapy effectiveness
- Ad-hoc integration of spectroscopy for lesion characterization
- Multi-modality display
- Reporting according to the BI-RADS standard
Implementing Abbreviated Breast MRI Screening Protocols In Your Practice
Mammography is the most common method for breast cancer screening, but its ability to detect cancer in dense breasts is significantly lower than in breasts that are mostly fatty tissue. In the case of imaging dense breasts, there’s increasing interest for other screening methods that can detect breast cancer more effectively in these women. MRI can play a significant role in improving cancer detection in this patient population. The use of a screening abbreviated breast MRI protocol can provide additional benefits.
Listen to Dr. Donna Plecha, a nationally known expert in breast imaging for a detailed review of how she and her colleagues at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center have incorporated abbreviated MRI supplemental screening into their imaging practice.