Investig Magn Reson Imaging.  2017 Dec;21(4):233-241. 10.13104/imri.2017.21.4.233.

Current Practices in Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging: a Survey Involving the Korean Society of Breast Imaging

  • 1Department of Radiology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam-si, Korea.
  • 2Department of Radiology, Seoul St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Radiology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Radiology, Hanyang University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 5Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan, College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 6Department of Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


To report on the current practices in breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in Korea.
We invited the 68 members of the Korean Society of Breast Imaging who were working in hospitals with available breast MRI to participate in a survey on how they performed and interpreted breast MRI. We asked one member from each hospital to respond to the survey. A total of 22 surveys from 22 hospitals were analyzed.
Out of 22 hospitals, 13 (59.1%) performed at least 300 breast MRI examinations per year, and 5 out of 22 (22.7%) performed > 1200 per year. Out of 31 machines, 14 (45.2%) machines were 1.5-T scanners and 17 (54.8%) were 3.0-T scanners. All hospitals did contrast-enhanced breast MRI. Full-time breast radiologists supervised the performance and interpreted breast MRI in 19 of 22 (86.4%) of hospitals. All hospitals used BI-RADS for MRI interpretation. For computer-aided detection (CAD), 13 (59.1%) hospitals sometimes or always use it and 9 (40.9%) hospitals did not use CAD. Two (9.1%) and twelve (54.5%) hospitals never and rarely interpreted breast MRI without correlating the mammography or ultrasound, respectively. The majority of respondents rarely (13/21, 61.9%) or never (5/21, 23.8%) interpreted breast MRI performed at an outside facility. Of the hospitals performing contrast-enhanced examinations, 15 of 22 (68.2%) did not perform MRI-guided interventional procedures.
Breast MRI is extensively performed in Korea. The indication and practical patterns are diverse. The information from this survey would provide the basis for the development of Korean breast MRI practice guidelines.


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