Gadobenate dimeglumine-enhanced MRI of the breast: Analysis of dose response and comparison with gadopentetate dimeglumine

MV Knopp*, MW Bourne, F Sardanelli, MN Wasser, L Bonomo, C Boetes, M Muller-Schimpfle, MA Hall-Craggs, B Hamm, A Orlacchio, C Bartolozzi, M Kessler, U Fischer, G Schneider, M Dudkerk, WL Teh, HB Gehl, [No Value] Salerio, G Pirovano, A La NoceMA Kirchin, A Spinazzi

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OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical efficacy and dose response relationship of three doses of gadobenate dimeglumine for MRI of the breast and to compare the results with those obtained after a dose of 0.1 mmol/kg of body weight of gadopentetate dimeglumine.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS. Gadobenate dimeglumine at 0.05, 0.1, or 0.2 mmol/kg of body weight or gadopentetate dimeglumine at 0.1 mmol/kg of body weight was administered by IV bolus injection to 189 patients with known or suspected breast cancer. Coronal three-dimensional T1-weighted gradient-echo images were acquired before and at 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8 min after the administration of the dose. Images were evaluated for lesion presence, location, size, morphology, enhancement pattern, conspicuity, and type. Lesion signal intensity-time curves were acquired, and lesion matching with on-site final diagnosis was performed. A determination of global lesion detection from unenhanced to contrast-enhanced and combined images was performed, and evaluations were made of the diagnostic accuracy for lesion detection and characterization. A full safety evaluation was conducted.

RESULTS. Significant dose-related increases in global lesion detection were noted for patients who recieved gadobenate dimeglumine (p <0.04, all evaluations). The sensitivity for detection was comparable for 0.1 and 0.2 mmol/kg of gadobenate dimeglumine, and specificity was highest with the 0.1 mmol/kg dose. Higher detection scores and higher sensitivity values for lesion characterization were found for 0.1 mmol/kg of gadobenate dimeglumine compared with 0.1 mmol/kg of gadopentetate dimeglumine, although more variable specificity values were obtained. No differences in safety were observed, and no serious adverse events were reported.

CONCLUSION. Gadobenate dimeglumine is a capable diagnostic agent for MRI of the breast. Although preliminary, our results suggest that 0.1 mmol/kg of gadobenate dimeglumine may offer advantages over doses of 0.05 and 0.2 mmol/kg of gadobenate dimeglumine and 0.1 mmol/kg of gadopentetate dimeglumine for breast lesion detection and characterization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-676
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep-2003
Event102nd Annual Meeting of the American-Roentgen-Ray-Society - , Georgia
Duration: 28-Apr-20023-May-2002



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