Mies A. Korteweg1, Wouter B. Veldhuis1, Fredy Visser1, Peter R. Luijten1, Willem P. Th. M. Mali1, Paul J. van Diest2, Maurice A. A. J. van den Bosch1, Dennis W. J. Klomp1
Feasibility of 7T breast MRI was evaluated. First the intrinsic sensitivity gain was compared to 3T in healthy volunteers resulting in a 5.7 times increased SNR. Next the clinical application of 7T MRI in breast cancer patients receiving neo-adjuvant chemotherapy was evaluated. High resolution images (450 m isotropic) were acquired to describe tumor morphology. Apparent diffusion coefficients, tumor size and the total Choline pool were measured during chemotherapy. In one case the 7T results were more consistent with histopathology than 3T. Dedicated 7T breast MRI is technically feasible, can provide more SNR than 3T, and has diagnostic potential.