Review of treatment assessment using DCE-MRI in breast cancer radiation therapy.

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Journal Article (Review)

As a noninvasive functional imaging technique, dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) is being used in oncology to measure properties of tumor microvascular structure and permeability. Studies have shown that parameters derived from certain pharmacokinetic models can be used as imaging biomarkers for tumor treatment response. The use of DCE-MRI for quantitative and objective assessment of radiation therapy has been explored in a variety of methods and tumor types. However, due to the complexity in imaging technology and divergent outcomes from different pharmacokinetic approaches, the method of using DCE-MRI in treatment assessment has yet to be standardized, especially for breast cancer. This article reviews the basic principles of breast DCE-MRI and recent studies using DCE-MRI in treatment assessment. Technical and clinical considerations are emphasized with specific attention to assessment of radiation treatment response.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wang, C-H; Yin, F-F; Horton, J; Chang, Z

Published Date

  • 2014-06-26

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 46 - 58

PubMed ID

  • 25332905

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25332905

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2222-0682

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5662/wjm.v4.i2.46


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States