Role of Breast MR Imaging in Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is now widely used in the management of locally advanced breast cancer (LABC). Early initiation of systemic therapy can improve overall and disease-free survival for patients with LABC or inflammatory cancer. MR imaging with intravenous contrast and advanced MR imaging techniques provide new opportunities for assessing tumor morphologic changes, tumor vascularity, tumor cellularity, and tumor metabolic features. MR imaging is more reliable than the conventional methods in the assessment of tumor size and vascularity changes during and after chemotherapy. The addition of advanced imaging techniques to further characterize tumor cellularity and metabolic features appears promising. However, there is still no consensus on the role of MR imaging for assessing response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy or on a standardized MR imaging examination in patients receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy.