Rim Sign in Breast Lesions on Diffusion-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Diagnostic Accuracy and Clinical Usefulness

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PurposeTo investigate the diagnostic accuracy and clinical usefulness of the rim sign in breast lesions observed in diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI). Materials and MethodsThe magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings of 98 pathologically confirmed lesions (62 malignant and 36 benign) in 84 patients were included. Five breast radiologists were asked to independently review the breast MRI results, to grade the degree of high peripheral signal, the rim sign, in the DWI, and to confirm the mean apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC(mean)) values. We analyzed the diagnostic accuracy and compared the consensus (when 4 of 5 independent reviewers agreed) results of the rim sign with the ADC(mean) values. Additionally, we evaluated the correlation between the dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE)-MRI morphologic appearance and DWI rim sign. ResultsAccording to the consensus results, the rim sign in DWI was observed on 59.7% of malignant lesions and 19.4% of benign lesions. The sensitivity, specificity, and area under the curve (AUC) value for the rim sign in DWI were 59.7%, 80.6%, and 0.701, respectively. The sensitivity, specificity, and AUC value for the ADC(mean) value (criteria 1.46 x 10(-3) mm(2)/sec) were 82.3%, 63.9%, and 0.731, respectively. Based on consensus, no correlation was observed between the DCE-MRI and DWI rim signs. ConclusionIn DWI, a high-signal rim is a valuable morphological feature for improving specificity in DWI. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2015;41:616-623. (c) 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


  • Bong Joo Kang
  • Jafi Alyssa Lipson
  • Katie RoseMary Planey
  • Sophia Zackrisson
  • Debra M. Ikeda
  • Jennifer Kao
  • Sunita Pal
  • Catherine J. Moran
  • Bruce Lewis Daniel
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Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Radiologi och bildbehandling


Sidor (från-till)616-623
TidskriftJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
StatusPublished - 2015
Peer review utfördJa