Indexed on: 14 Nov '06Published on: 14 Nov '06Published in: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America
MR imaging of the breast allows the detection of suspicious breast lesions that are occult at mammography and ultrasound. For the histologic verification of such lesions, percutaneous MR imaging-guided biopsy techniques can now be offered as an alternative to open breast biopsy. This review focuses on the currently available devices and techniques for MR imaging-guided percutaneous breast biopsy and reports their achievable diagnostic accuracy. Technical success rates and strategies for patient management are also outlined. In addition, new developments in MR imaging-guided minimally invasive therapeutic interventions are discussed, as well as the potential for research opportunities and directions.