PET/MR in invasive ductal breast cancer: Correlation between imaging markers and histological phenotype

Onofrio Antonio Catalano, Gary Lloyd Horn, Alberto Signore, Carlo Iannace, Maria Lepore, Mark Vangel, Angelo Luongo, Marco Catalano, Constance Lehman, Marco Salvatore, Andrea Soricelli, Ciprian Catana, Umar Mahmood, Bruce Robert Rosen

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Background:Differences in genetics and receptor expression (phenotypes) of invasive ductal breast cancer (IDC) impact on prognosis and treatment response. Immunohistochemistry (IHC), the most used technique for IDC phenotyping, has some limitations including its invasiveness. We explored the possibility of contrast-enhanced positron emission tomography magnetic resonance (CE-FDG PET/MR) to discriminate IDC phenotypes.Methods:21 IDC patients with IHC assessment of oestrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), human epidermal growth factor-2 (HER2), and antigen Ki-67 (Ki67) underwent CE-FDG PET/MR. Magnetic resonance-perfusion biomarkers, apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), and standard uptake value (SUV) were compared with IHC markers and phenotypes, using a Student's t-test and one-way ANOVA.Results:ER/PR-tumours demonstrated higher Kep mean and SUV max than ER or PR+ tumours. HER2-tumours displayed higher ADC mean, Kep mean, and SUV max than HER2+tumours. Only ADC mean discriminated Ki67≤14% tumours (lower ADC mean) from Ki67>14% tumours. PET/MR biomarkers correlated with IHC phenotype in 13 out of 21 patients (62%; P=0.001).Conclusions:Positron emission tomography magnetic resonance might non-invasively help discriminate IDC phenotypes, helping to optimise individual therapy options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)893-902
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Cancer
Issue number7
StatePublished - Mar 28 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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