University of Wisconsin–Madison

Breast PET/MR Imaging Protocol Development and Validation

This project was led by: Amy Fowler MD, PhD

This project was funded by: Radiology RD

The term of this project was: September 2015 to August 2017

The number of subjects scanned during this project was: 23

Integrated whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-positron emission tomography (PET) scanners have recently been introduced for clinical use. This technology combines the anatomic and perfusion data obtained with Dynamic Contrast Enhanced (DCE)-MRI with functional/metabolic imaging data obtained from PET. For breast imaging, the combination of MRI and PET has important potential to improve diagnostic accuracy and provide molecular characterization of breast cancer. The purpose of this research is to develop and validate a PET/MRI acquisition protocol for specific breast imaging clinical and research applications.