Evaluation of Image Quality Using the iMR-IGI Breast Coil

The PI of this project was: Walter Block, PhD

This project was funded by: Marvel Medtech

The term of this project was: July 2013 to December 2013

The number of subjects scanned during this project was: 5

Successful demonstration of the potential for significantly-improved clinical utility of a new approach for interventional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Guided Interventions (iMR-IGI), such as breast biopsies, may result
in more efficient and more accurate procedures, lower cost procedures, and potentially improved access for
more patients to the superior soft tissue imaging capability of MRI technology. The proposed technology uses
MRI-compatible robotics, a real-time MRI interface, and computer control to enable interventional procedures to be performed inside the scanner bore during concurrent imaging and with interactive control of the procedure. The digital nature of the visualization and control technology offers the further potential benefit of long-distance remote-control of iMR-IGI procedures, thereby broadening the reach of scarce specialized clinical skills to remote and/or underserved populations. Specifically, improved access to the new iMR-IGI technology for breast biopsies may increase levels of participation in breast cancer screening. Breast cancer screening with either
mammography or MRI currently represents the most effective means for early detection of breast cancer. In
time, additional benefits could include less aggressive recommendations for MRI-detected lesions and, more
importantly, a paradigm shift for breast cancer detection, diagnosis, and treatment in general.