Martin D. Pickles1, Peter Gibbs1, Martin Lowry1, Lindsay W. Turnbull1
1Centre for MR Investigations, University of Hull, Hull, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Features such as shape (round, irregular), enhancement (homogeneous, heterogeneous), and kinetic curve assessment (persistent, plateau and washout) have been used to aid in the classification of breast lesions. These features may also help to highlight patients who subsequently have a reduced overall and disease free survival intervals. The aim of this work was to determine if there were any associations between pre-treatment MR derived quantitative descriptors (shape, enhancement and kinetic curve assessment) and traditional prognostic indicators. This work has demonstrated that when comparing traditional prognostic indicators (nodal hormonal status) significant differences in shape, texture and vascular kinetics are apparent.