Should abbreviated breast MRI be compliant with American College of Radiology requirements for MRI accreditation?

Marion E. Scoggins, Banu K. Arun, Rosalind P. Candelaria, Mark J. Dryden, Wei Wei, Jong Bum Son, Jingfei Ma, Basak E. Dogan

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Objective: To evaluate non-inferiority and diagnostic performance of an American College of Radiology compliant abbreviated MRI protocol (AB-MRI) compared with standard-of-care breast MRI (SOC-BMRI) in patients with increased breast cancer risk. Material and methods: Women with increased lifetime breast cancer risk by American Cancer Society guidelines underwent breast MRI at a single institution between October 2015 and February 2018. AB-MRI was acquired at 3.0 T with T2-weighted extended fast spin echo triple-echo Dixon and pre- and post-contrast 3D dual-echo fast spoiled gradient echo two-point Dixon sequences with an 8-channel breast coil 1–7 days after SOC-BMRI. Three readers independently reviewed AB-MRI and assigned BI-RADS categories for maximum intensity projection images (AB1), dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) images (AB2), and DCE and non-contrast T2 and fat-only images (AB3). These scores were compared to those from SOC-BMRI. Results: Cancer yield was 14 per 1000 (women-years) in 73 women aged 26–75 years (mean 53.5 years). AB-MRI acquisition times (mean 9.63 min) and table times (mean 15.07 min) were significantly shorter than those of SOC-BMRI (means 19.46 and 36.3 min, respectively) (p < .001). Accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values were identical for AB3 and SOC-BMRI (93%, 100%, 93%, 16.7%, and 100%, respectively). AB-MRI with AB1 and AB2 had significantly lower specificity (AB1 = 73.6%, AB2 = 77.8%), positive predictive values (AB1 = 5%, AB2 = 5.9%), and accuracy (AB1 = 74%, AB2 = 78%) than those of SOC-BMRI (p = .002 for AB1, p = .01 for AB2). Conclusion: AB-MRI was acquired significantly faster than SOC-BMRI and its diagnostic performance was non-inferior. Inclusion of T2 and fat-only images was necessary to achieve non-inferiority by multireader evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-94
Number of pages8
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging
StatePublished - Oct 2020


  • Abbreviated protocol
  • Breast MRI
  • Dixon
  • Fast spin echo triple echo Dixon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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