Basic setup for breast conductivity imaging using magnetic resonance electrical impedance tomography

Byung Il Lee, Suk Hoon Oh, Tae Seong Kim, Eung Je Woo, Soo Yeol Lee, Ohin Kwon, Jin Keun Seo

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We present a new medical imaging technique for breast imaging, breast MREIT, in which magnetic resonance electrical impedance tomography (MREIT) is utilized to get high-resolution conductivity and current density images of the breast. In this work, we introduce the basic imaging setup of the breast MREIT technique with an investigation of four different imaging configurations of current-injection electrode positions and pathways through computer simulation studies. Utilizing the preliminary findings of a best breast MREIT configuration, additional numerical simulation studies have been carried out to validate breast MREIT at different levels of SNR. Finally, we have performed an experimental validation with a breast phantom on a 3.0 T MREIT system. The presented results strongly suggest that breast MREIT with careful imaging setups could be a potential imaging technique for human breast which may lead to early detection of breast cancer via improved differentiation of cancerous tissues in high-resolution conductivity images.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)443-455
Number of pages13
JournalPhysics in medicine and biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jan 21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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