Bonnie N. Joe1, Dorota Wisner1, Vignesh A. Arasu1, Sachiko Suzuki1, Vibhas S. Deshpande2, Belinda Chang1, Gerhard Laub2, Nola M. Hylton1
1Dept of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, UCSF, San Francisco, CA, United States; 2Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc, San Francisco, CA, United States
We evaluated lesion conspicuity and level of detail on breast MR images of patients scanned with radial-centric and linear ordered k-space techniques on separate days. Breast imagers ranked linear ordering better than radial-centric for lesion conspicuity and level of image detail. Similarly, quantitative analyses showed increased peak signal enhancement ratio (SER) in 4/5 patients and increased SER total enhancing volume in 5/5 patients for linear versus radial-centric. More motion artifact was noted with linear ordering but overall image quality ranked similarly between linear and radial-centric. Radiologists should be aware of these tradeoffs when designing their breast MR cancer imaging protocol.