MRI-Guided Interventions

16 MRI-Guided Interventions

Special Considerations in MRI-Guided Interventions

Equipment and procedures used for MRI-guided interventions must accommodate the special conditions encountered during an MRI scan. This applies especially to the extremely strong magnetic field, and to the short time slot of only a few minutes during which the hypervascularized target is visible. The materials used (needles, wires, clips, and coils) must therefore have favorable ferromagnetic characteristics so that they are easily identified within the breast but do not cause susceptibility artifacts that will interfere with image acquisition and target identification. In addition, measurement sequences that show as little vulnerability as possible to signal extinction due to susceptibility artifacts must be chosen for MRI-guided interventions.

MRI-Compatible Surface Coils for Breast Interventions

First attempts at MRI-guided preoperative localization were made in the 1990s using the so-called “free-hand” technique. For this, cutaneous markers were placed on the skin for better orientation and the position of the lesion was estimated. Because this method is relatively inexact, it was quickly abandoned. Later, dedicated puncture devices for interventions in the supine, oblique, or sitting body positions, depending on the particular work group, were developed using appropriate breast surface coils. These systems were used primarily for MRI-guided preoperative localizations, and increasingly also for large-core and vacuum-assisted biopsies, mostly with a lateral approach. The decisive breakthrough for the routine and reliable performance of percutaneous MRI-guided biopsies occurred with the development of open breast surface coils into which dedicated targeting devices can be integrated.

Nowadays MRI-guided breast interventions are performed using open surface coils that allow access to the breast and integration of a dedicated puncture device. Open surface coils that also allow the integration of compression paddles for diagnostic examinations are available from various companies (Fig. 16.1). Two systems are usually used to calculate and mark the appropriate puncture coordinates, as well as to guide the puncture needle:

image The post-and-pillar targeting equipment (Fig. 16.2), allowing continuous adjustment of the x– and y-axes

image The biopsy and localization grid (Fig. 16.3), a grid system with flexible positioning of insertable guide blocks

Computer-Aided Calculation of Puncture Coordinates

Several different companies offer software for the calculation of the appropriate puncture coordinates in the x-, y-, and z-axes for MRI-guided breast interventions. In principle, the coordinate data are calculated in relation to an arbitrarily chosen zero-point, from which the distance to the target lesion is calculated in the three spatial planes. Currently available systems include SureLoc from Confirma Europe Corp., DynaLOC from Invivo Corp., and MICS MIA from Machnet B.V.

Diagnostic MRI-Guided Vacuum-Assisted Biopsy

Indications and Objectives

Conspicuous breast findings that fall into the BI-RADS category 4 or 5 should be verified histologically. This is preferably achieved by a percutaneous biopsy. In exceptional cases, however, primary open surgery may be an option. If a suspicious finding has a clear sonographic correlate, then ultrasound-guided percutaneous biopsy is the method of choice. If a suspicious finding has a mammographic correlate and no clear sonographic correlate (e.g., microcalcifications), then a stereotactic percutaneous vacuumassisted biopsy is usually performed. Findings detected solely on breast MRI should be histologically verified by MRI-guided vacuum-assisted biopsy.

Good Practice Recommendations*

Image-guided biopsies should be undertaken to obtain tissue samples from abnormalities found in the MRI BI-RADS categories 4 and 5 for histopathological verification and therapy planning.

*European S 3 Guidelines: Early Breast Cancer Detection (Level of Evidence B).

A major purpose of the primary performance of percutaneous breast biopsy of findings suspicious for malignancy is to reduce the number of unnecessary open biopsies (diagnostic excisions). In cases when a benign histological result is attained (without uncertain biological potential), open biopsy can be avoided and a follow-up imaging examination in 6 months is initiated. When malignancy is confirmed, it is possible to offer appropriate patient information about the necessary therapeutic consequences. In addition, surgery is planned taking oncological aspects into consideration. In this context, it is also possible to arrange for sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB).

Good Practice Recommendations*

When image-guided percutaneous biopsy yields a benign histopathological result, a short-term follow-up examination (6 months) using the corresponding imaging modality should be initiated.

*European S 3 Guidelines: Early Breast Cancer Detection (Grade of Recommendation A).


Equipment for MRI-Guided Vacuum-Assisted Interventions*

image MRI system of at least 1.0 T

image Open surface coil allowing access to the breast

image MRI-compatible localization device

image MRI-compatible biopsy device: vacuum-assisted biopsy (method of choice) or large-core biopsy (when justified)

*German Radiological Society Breast Diagnostics Working Group (2007).

Biopsy Equipment

In accordance with good practice recommendations, MRI-guided biopsies should preferably be performed as vacuum-assisted biopsies using coaxial technique. Fine-needle biopsies are obsolete. Large-core biopsies should only be performed in justified exceptions.

Depending upon needle size, 6–12 tissue samples are obtained during a vacuum-assisted biopsy. The average volume of the samples obtained is ~1 cm3. Several MRI-compatible vacuum-assisted biopsy systems are currently available. These differ only slightly from one another (Fig. 16.4).

Good Practice Recommendations*

MRI-guided biopsies should be performed using vacuumassisted technique.

*European S 3 Guidelines: Early Breast Cancer Detection, Level of Evidence 3a, evidence report 2007 (Grade of Recommendation B).


MRI-Guided Percutaneous Biopsy*

image Contrast-enhanced breast MRI is performed with the localization equipment positioned on the affected side. An external marker (e.g., oil-containing) is placed at the estimated puncture site.

image If the target lesion is not or is only questionably reproduced, then the intervention should be discontinued and a short-term followup examination in 6 months recommended.

image If the target lesion is clearly identified, then the puncture coordinates (x-, y-, and z-axes) are calculated. The external marker is moved to the calculated puncture site and an MRI check is performed without additional contrast administration.

image If the marker position is incorrect, a new calculation is done and the marker position is corrected. If the marker position is correct, the skin is disinfected and local anesthesia is administered (if necessary, skin nick incision). The coaxial introduction needle is positioned (e.g., using the metal puncture stylet) to the appropriate depth (z-axis). The correct depth in relation to the lesion depends on the vacuum-assisted biopsy system being used.

image The puncture stylet is replaced by an MRI-compatible mandrin and the position of the coaxial introduction needle is checked by performing a T1w MRI series without contrast. If the position is incorrect, a new calculation is performed and the needle is repositioned and rechecked. If the position is correct, the MRIcompatible mandrin is removed and replaced with the vacuumassisted biopsy needle.

image Contiguous tissue cylinders are then harvested using the vacuum- assisted biopsy needle by rotating the biopsy notch. It is recommended to obtain ≥ 12 tissue cylinders, which is the equivalent of one complete rotation around the position “clock” (1-o’clock to 12-o’clock positions). When appropriate, an additional MRI check can be performed before ending the intervention to confirm the representative position of the biopsy cavity or to redirect further sampling.

image Final documentation of representative tissue sampling (target size is reduced, target is no longer detected, the biopsy cavity position is correct) in postinterventional MRI check (when indicated with contrast administration, e.g., mass lesions). If necessary, further sampling should be performed.

image Optional placement of a marker coil/clip in the biopsy cavity through the coaxial introduction cannula. MRI documentation (without contrast) of intramammary coil position.

image Removal of the coaxial introduction needle. Compression and cooling of puncture channel. Compression bandage.

image Optional performance of postbiopsy mammograms in CC and ML projections for the topographic localization of the biopsy cavity, or to document the coil position in case surgery is indicated.

image Report:

– Was the target finding reproducible? (yes/no)

– Position of target finding (quadrant, clock time position, distance from the skin)

– Vacuum needle caliber (e.g., 11G, 9G)

– Number of tissue cylinders primarily harvested (if applicable, number harvested secondarily)

– Documentation of relevant complications

image Documentation:

– MRI subtraction image of target finding (Figs. 16.5a, 16.6a, 16.7a)

– MRI prefire image documentation of coaxial introduction needle position (Fig. 16.7b)

– MRI image documentation of biopsy cavity or of vacuumassisted biopsy needle position after biopsy (Figs. 16.5b, 16.6b)

– Optional: MRI check with additional contrast administration

– Optional: Mammography in CC and ML projections

image Quality criteria:

– Complete or partial removal of target lesion to be histologically verified by MRI-guided percutaneous biopsy

– Compatibility of histology and target lesion MRI image

image Postbiopsy procedure depending on the reported category B pathology (Table 16.1):

– B1 or B2: Short-term MRI follow-up in 6 months (in special cases earlier)

– B3 or B4: Interdisciplinary conference to decide on the course of action (e.g., MRI follow-up, rebiopsy, surgery)

– B5a or B5b: Initiation of appropriate therapy

*Recommendations of the German Radiological Society Breast Diagnostics Working Group 2007.

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