Intravenous line phase-wrap artifact at bilateral axial 3-t breast mri: Identification, analysis, and solution

Einat Slonimsky, Yusef Azraq, John M. Gomori, Susan Fisch, Tal Arazi Kleinman, Tamar Sella

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Purpose: To understand and remove the source of a phase-wrap artifact produced by residual contrast agent in the intravenous line during acquisition of bilateral axial 3-T dynamic contrast material–enhanced (DCE) breast MRI. Materials and Methods: A two-part study involved a phantom experiment, followed by an institutional review board approved clinical intervention, to evaluate the phase-wrap artifact at MRI. A phantom model evaluated artifact production by using an intravenous line filled with fluids with varying concentrations of gadolinium-based contrast agent (0, 0.4, 0.8, 1.2, 1.6, and 2 mmol/mL) and by positioning the simulated intravenous line within several fields of view (FOV) at 3-T MRI in breast coils. Next, a clinical assessment was performed with a total of 400 patients (control group:interventional group, 200:200) to determine the effect of taping the intravenous line to the patients’ backs. Breast MR images were assessed blindly for the presence of the artifact. Software was used for statistical analysis with a P value of less than .05 considered a significant difference. Results: In the phantom model, the artifact was produced only with a 0.4 mmol/mL gadolinium concentration and when the tubing was either close to the edge or within a FOV of 350–450 mm. In the clinical experiment, the artifact was more prevalent in the retrospective control group than in the prospective intervention group (52.5% [105 of 200] vs 22% [44 of 200]; P < .005). Conclusion: The presence of phase-wrap artifacts can be reduced by moving the contrast agent intravenous line out of the FOV duriacquisition by taping it to a patient’s back during bilateral axial 3-T DCE breast MRI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere200004
JournalRadiology: Imaging Cancer
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Oncology

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