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The value of CESM in the evaluation of intraductal breast papilloma: a comparative study with DCE-MRI



The purpose of this study was to assess the accuracy of contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM) as compared to dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) in the evaluation of intraductal breast papilloma with histopathological correlation. This study is a retrospective study done on 45 consecutive patients. Their ages ranged between 36 and 70 years with a mean age of 51.1 ± 8.7. All of them were suspected to have intraductal papilloma on full-field digital mammography (FFDM), 3D automated breast ultrasound (3D-ABUS), and 2D handheld ultrasound (2DHHUS). CESM and DCE-MRI were done for all patients. The data were collected, tabulated, statistically analyzed using an IBM personal computer with Statistical Package of Social Science (SPSS).


There were 37 histopathology proven papillomas either by US-guided core needle biopsy, surgical biopsy following wire localization or fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC). Lesions are divided into three subgroups according to size. When the size of lesion > 10 mm MRI sensitivity and specificity is 100% and 66.7%, that of CESM is 90.1% and 0% respectively. In lesions sized 5–10 mm Sensitivity and specificity of MRI is 100% and 58% respectively and those of CESM are 63.6% and 50% respectively. Lesions less than 5mm MRI sensitivity and specificity is 100% and 0%, that of CESM was 0% and 100% respectively.


DCE-MRI has a significantly higher sensitivity than CESM for the diagnosis of intraductal papilloma whatever the size of the lesion, especially when the size is less than 5 mm.


Intraductal papilloma is a benign tumor which occurs as a result of epithelial and myoepithelial cell proliferation over fibrovascular stalk forming an arborescent structure inside the duct lumen [1]. Regarding its location, it is either a central papilloma which arises in the retroareolar region in a large duct or a peripheral papilloma which arises in terminal ducts. Central papilloma is usually symptomatic with nipple discharge while the peripheral papilloma is mostly asymptomatic [1].

There are different varieties of intraductal papillomas, all of them grossly having a papillary appearance and are considered as solitary, multiple or juvenile papillomatosis [2].

Solitary papilloma is more common and mostly seen in a central location. Multiple papillomas arise from the terminal ductal lobular unit, so they usually present as palpable mass and not nipple discharge. Associated atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH), atypical lobular hyperplasia (ALH), ductal carcinoma in-situ (DCIS), or malignancy occurs in about 80.4% of multiple papillomas [3].

Intraductal papilloma is usually seen in premenopausal women, age range 30–50 years old. It usually presents with nipple discharge (bloody, serous, or sero-sanginous) that causes anxiety and discomfort in many cases [3].

Nipple discharge is considered the third most common complaint after breast pain and breast mass with a prevalence of 4.8–7.4%. It is clinically significant when it is persistent, spontaneous, and in non-lactating women [2].

Different breast imaging modalities are sometimes useful in detecting an intraductal papilloma, however, uncertainties exist with each modality. The imaging modalities for intraductal lesion include mammography, ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, and ductography [2, 4, 5].

Researches on DCE-MRI have shown that although wash-in and wash-out curves are able to differentiate benign from malignant breast lesions, it has no significant role in differentiating intraductal papillomas from invasive carcinomas [1, 6, 7].

Contrast-enhanced spectral mammography (CESM) has recently been used to increase the sensitivity of mammography for detecting breast lesions based on its ability to image neovascularity similar to MRI [8,9,10,11].

To our knowledge, very few studies have been conducted to evaluate the role of CESM in the assessment of intraductal lesions. In this study, we aim to characterize imaging findings of intraductal papillomas and other intraductal lesions in CESM as compared to DCE-MRI and to assess if CESM can differentiate benign from malignant intraductal lesions.


This study is a retrospective study done on 45 patients referred to the radiology department from February 2018 to July 2019, who were suspected to have intraductal papilloma on full-field digital mammography (FFDM) and ultrasound (US) examinations. Their ages ranged between 36 and 70 years with a mean age of 51.1 ± 8.7. CESM and DCE-MRI were done for all the patients.

CESM technique

All our patients (n = 45) underwent bilateral CESM using GE Senographe™ Essential with SenoBright upgrade.


CESM was done in the presence of two radiographers with 6–14 years of experience in mammography to assure speed and consistency with a radiologist in attendance to monitor patient and images. Patients were asked to present their renal function profile on the examination day, after having ensured that there was no history of allergy or contraindications to I.V. contrast administration. The procedure was explained to the patients and written consent obtained and an IV line secured. With the patient wearing the examination gown and seated comfortably in the mammography room, 1.5 cc/kg 320mg% Visapaque (Iodixamol) which had been warmed up to body temperature was given at a flow rate of 3mls/sec using Imaexon automated injector. Low and high energy digital images were taken of both breasts from minute 2 to minute 6 in CC and MLO projections, starting with the unaffected breast using a built-in stopwatch. CESM image acquisition was in the sequence of CC normal side, CC lesion side, MLO lesion side, and MLO normal side. This was to improve the likelihood of contrast uptake by the lesion. No major complication or contrast reaction occurred in the examined patients. The cannula was then removed, and post-injection instructions were given to the patient.

Image analysis

Recombined CESM images were then analyzed by 3 radiologists with 34, 23, and 11 years of experience respectively in mammography in terms of lesion enhancement as follows:

No enhancement (negative study). Mild enhancement. Moderate enhancement. Intense/avid enhancement. Each radiologist was blinded to the MRI results and to reports by the other two colleagues. When there was a discrepancy between two radiologists in interpretation, the third radiologist was consulted for reference. A final score would be provided after negotiation. Inter-observer variability was thus reduced to the minimum. Interpretation of breast lesions was assessed regarding (1) presence or absence of a lesion, (2) degree of enhancement, (3) mass or non-mass enhancement (4) shape: regular/irregular, and (5) papilloma/other pathology.

MRI technique

DCE-MRI breasts were performed on a 1.5-T system (Magnetom Aera; Siemens, Erlangen, Germany). Patients were imaged in a prone position using a dedicated breast coil imaging both sides simultaneously. It is a four-channel phased-array breast coil. In premenopausal women, the study was done between day 5 and day 12 of the menstrual cycle to minimize the effect of the hormonal change on contrast uptake. All patients signed written consent prior to the study.

An intravenous cannula was fixed before positioning the patient on the MR table. The contrast agent was injected using an automatic MR-compatible power injector. Contrast given was gadobutrol (Gadovist; Bayer-Schering, Berlin, Germany) in a dose of 0.1 mmol/kg (or 0.2 ml/kg) and a flow rate of 2 ml/s flushed by 20 ml of normal saline and one pre- and six sequential contrast-enhanced images were then acquired, sequence per minute.

MRI sequences were taken with parameters; slice thickness 4 mm, FOV 350 mm and matrix 512 × 512:

  • Axial Turbo Inversion Recovery Magnitude (TIRM) with TR 7700ms, TE 74 ms.

  • Axial T2 fast spin-echo (FSE) with TR 6160 ms, TE 76 ms.

  • Axial T1 fast spin-echo (FSE) with TR 415 ms, TE 4.6 ms.

  • Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) was done TR 8200 ms, TR 85 ms in the axial plane bilaterally with b values of 0, 500, and 1000 s/mm2.

  • ADC map was systematically performed.

  • Serial dynamic images acquired six times in the axial plane with three-dimensional transverse fast, low angle shot T1-weighted sequence (TR/TE, 5.27/2.39 ms, FOV 260 mm, matrix, 512 × 512; section thickness 1.6 mm).

  • Then post-processing subtraction of the pre-contrast images from the post-contrast images with fat suppression, multi-planar reconstruction (MPR), and maximum intensity projections (MIP).

  • Bilateral sagittal T1 FSE post contrast administration.

  • Delayed axial T1 post-contrast imaging 10 min after contrast injection.

  • Three radiologists of 5–18 years of experience in MRI breast analyzed the images.


This retrospective study was of 45 cases (4 cases with bilateral lesions) referred to radiology. Their ages ranged between 36 and 70 years with a mean age of 51.1 ± 8.7. Their presenting symptoms were nipple discharge (bloody/serous) (28 patients; 65%), breast lump (10 patients; 23%), within these two groups those presenting with both discharge and a palpable mass (7 patients; 16%). Asymptomatic patients came for routine screening (7;16%) (Table 1).

Table 1 represented the clinical presentation of our patients

There were 37 proven papillomas either by US-guided core needle biopsy, excision biopsy, or FNA cytology. The histopathological results of the cases are summarized in Table 2.

Table 2 represented the histopathological results of our patients

The enhancement pattern of the papillomas on CESM is shown in Tables 3 and 4. The contrast uptake of the lesions after IV contrast shows a highly statistical significance between CESM and DCE-MRI (Table 5) with P value ≤ 0.001.

Table 3 Represented analysis of papilloma cases regarding enhancement on CESM
Table 4 Correlation between mass/non-mass enhancement of papilloma cases on CESM
Table 5 Represents the characteristic of the lesions on CESM & MRI

The mean size of lesions was 11.1 ± 4.6 mm on DCE-MRI and 13.8 ± 3.4 mm on CESM with statistical significance P = 0.005*(≤ 0.05) (Table 5).

There was no statistical significance between CESM and DCE-MRI (Table 5) as regards the margin of the lesion (P = 0.99). The margin of the lesions was irregular in 4 cases on CESM; 2 cases of atypical papilloma, one case of invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) and one case of granulomatous mastitis.

On DCE-MRI, the irregular margin was seen in 7 cases; 1 case each of intraductal papillary cystic carcinoma, IDC, granulomatous mastitis, and 4 cases of atypical papillomas.

DCE-MRI has high sensitivity for the detection of intraductal papilloma (100%), but its specificity was low 37.5%. CESM has a lower sensitivity (64.9%) for the detection of intraductal lesion as compared to DCE-MRI and a higher specificity (50%) (Table 6). The area under the ROC curve for DCE-MRI = 0.69 and the area under the curve for CESM = 0.57.

Table 6 Diagnosis of papilloma by MRI & CESM

The lesions were subgrouped into three groups, the first group when the size is larger than 10 mm, the second group between 5 and 10 mm and the third group when the size is ≤ 5 mm.

When the size of the lesion is larger than 10 mm (Figs. 1 and 2), the sensitivity of MRI for intraductal papilloma is still 100% but, its specificity is higher 66.7%. In the same size group, CESM has lower sensitivity of 90.1% and specificity 0% as compared to MRI (Table 7).

Fig. 1
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A 48-year-old lady with bilateral breast lumps. No bleeding per nipple. a Rt. CC digital mammogram shows LOQ mass. b Recombined CESM image CC view Rt. Breast shows small focal area of moderate nodular mass enhancement. Associated cysts giving the eclipse sign. c 3D ABUS (axial) shows intraductal soft tissue at 7 o’clock of the Rt. breast 27 mm from the nipple, 13 mm from the skin. d 2D HHUS with color doppler shows a central vascular pedicle within the mass at the same location. e DCE-MRI delayed sagittal image confirmed moderate lesion enhancement with a type I (persistent curve)-not shown. Pathology revealed intraductal papilloma

Fig. 2
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A 50-year-old lady presenting with left bleeding per nipple with palpable lump. a, b MLO and CC digital mammogram shows lower well-defined nodule at 6 o’clock. c, d Recombined CESM shows well-defined rounded mass lesion with faint marginal enhancement and mildly enhancing component within. e Ultrasound revealed a complex cystic lesion with an intra-cystic soft tissue component. f DCE-MRI shows the cystic lesion with intensely enhancing soft tissue component of dynamic curve type II. Pathology revealed atypical intraductal papilloma

Table 7 Diagnosis of papilloma by MRI & CESM when the size of the lesion >10mm

The area under the ROC curve for MRI = 0.83 and the area under the curve for CESM = 0.46.

In the second size group between 5 and 10 mm (Fig. 3), the sensitivity of MRI for intraductal papilloma is still 100% but, its specificity is lower 50%. In the same size group, CESM has sensitivity 63.6% and specificity 50% (Table 8). The area under the ROC curve for MRI = 0.75 and the area under the curve for CESM = 0.43.

Fig. 3
figure 3

A 54-year-old lady presenting with right nipple yellowish discharge. a 2D HHUS revealed focal dilated duct at 5 o’clock with an intraductal echogenic soft tissue component. b MRI-TIRM revealed dilated branching duct of high signal. c Sagittal DCE-MRI revealed an intraductal-enhancing mass lesion of dynamic curve type I. d CC digital mammogram shows a linear dense structure at the lower inner quadrant (arrow). On recombined CESM (e, f), there was no enhancement. Pathology revealed: intraductal papilloma

Table 8 Diagnosis of papilloma by MRI & CESM when the size of the lesion between 5-10mm

In the third size group ≤ 5 mm, the sensitivity of MRI for intraductal papilloma is still 100% but, its specificity is much lower 0%. In the same size group, CESM has low sensitivity of 0% and high specificity 100% (Table 9). The area under the ROC curve for MRI = 0.5 and the area under the curve for CESM = 0.5.

Table 9 Diagnosis of papilloma by MRI & CESM when the size of the lesion ≤5mm

Eight cases were diagnosed as non-papillomas by histopathology (Table 2) as follows:

  • Invasive duct carcinoma: this showed avid contrast enhancement on the CESM and DCE-MRI with a type III curve and irregular margin, suggesting that the lesion is malignant. It was considered as a true negative case for MRI and a false positive case for CESM (Fig. 4).

  • Non-caseating granulomatous mastitis: showed multiple nodular enhancing lesions with non-mass segmental heterogenous enhancement on both CESM and DCE-MRI suggestive of multiple intraductal papillomatosis (Fig. 5).

  • Intraductal papillary cystic carcinoma: this showed mild ductal enhancement on CESM and the intraductal component was not seen, while DCE-MRI showed a small (4 mm) intraductal enhancing lesion.

  • Two cases of organized hematoma; on CESM, one of them was reported as an intraductal papilloma and the second case was not detected. On DCE-MRI, both lesions were initially hyperintense on T1WI with blooming on Gradient sequences and marginal enhancement. So, DCE-MRI gave a correct diagnosis of the organized hematoma.

  • Two false-positive cases on MRI due to foci of parenchymal enhancement with no positive histopathology.

  • One case of fibroadenoma which was diagnosed as intraductal papilloma on CESM and DCE-MRI.

    Fig. 4
    figure 4

    A 44-year-old lady presenting with an enlarging right breast lump. a Rt. MLO digital mammogram shows UOQ nodule within glandular tissue. b Recombined CESM clearly shows two homogenously enhancing well defined nodules (avid enhancement) within a non-enhancing background. c DCE-MRI-MIP image shows the enhancing lesion within the breast with an adjacent vessel. d Delayed DCE sagittal MRI shows the two enhancing nodules within a glandular breast parenchyma. e, f 2D HHUS and 3D ABUS respectively shows a single complex cystic lesion. Pathology revealed: invasive ductal carcinoma grade I

    Fig. 5
    figure 5

    A 54-year-old lady presenting with bilateral breast discharge. a, b Rt. and Lt. MLO recombined CESM; right breast shows an UOQ area of intense non-mass tubular enhancement with tubular distribution. Left shows an area of segmental enhancement. c Sagittal delayed DCE-MRI of the right breast shows multiple intraductal-enhancing retroareolar masses not seen on CESM. d CE-MRI-MIP image shows the area of segmental non-mass enhancement within the left breast. Histopathology revealed bilateral papillomatosis with granulomatous mastitis

Data management

The data were collected, tabulated, and statistically analyzed using an IBM personal computer with Statistical Package of Social Science (SPSS) version 20 and Epi Info 2000 programs, where the following statistics were applied.

  1. a-

    Descriptive statistics: in which quantitative data were presented in the form of mean (\( \overline{X} \)), standard deviation (SD)

  2. b-

    Range and qualitative data were presented in the form numbers and percentages (%).

  3. c-

    Analytical statistics:

    • Chi-squared test (χ2) was used to study the association between two qualitative variables

    • Student’s t test is a test used for comparison between two groups having quantitative parametric variables while

    • Receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curve was used to determine cutoff points, sensitivity, and specificity for quantitative variables of interest and 2 × 2 tables used for calculation of PPV, NPV, and diagnostic accuracy.

    • P value of (> 0.05) was considered not statistically significant.

    • P value of (≤ 0.05) was considered statistically significant.

    • P value of (≤ 0.001) was considered statistically highly significant.


For the detection and staging of breast cancer, DCE-MRI is the gold standard method, but it has many limitations as low specificity, high cost, long duration of examination time, and limited availability. CESM is considered now a relatively new imaging modality which can provide both anatomic and functional information of the breast lesion similar to DCE-MRI [12,13,14].

The advantage of contrast mammography over DCE-MRI is that it is more affordable, easier to perform and takes much less time as compared to MRI. Also, the higher sensitivity of DCE-MRI is accused by numerous false-positive foci of enhancement [13].

CESM can be done when there are contraindications to DCE-MRI (pacemakers, claustrophobia, etc.). It is considered an affordable, efficient, and more accessible alternative to DCE-MRI. It can be easily done in a daily workflow when conventional digital mammography and ultrasound are inconclusive for suspicious findings [15].

One of the limitations of CESM is that it does not provide the possibility of enhancement kinetic analyses like DCE-MRI [15].

In our study, DCE-MRI has a higher sensitivity (100%) for the detection of intraductal papilloma as compared to the sensitivity of CESM (64.9%) regardless of the size of the lesion. However, DCE-MRI has a lower specificity of 37.5% as compared to the specificity of CESM (50%).

When we sub-grouped the cases according to the size of the lesion, we found that DCE-MRI sensitivity is high in all groups (100%), while its specificity became less when the size of the lesion was smaller and was 0% when the size of the lesion was less than 5 mm.

On the other hand, the sensitivity of CESM was higher when the size of the lesion was more than 10 mm (90.1%) with low specificity (0%). For lesions between 5 and 10 mm, the sensitivity of CESM became less (63.6%) and its specificity was higher (50%).

In lesions less than 5mm, CESM did not detect any intraductal lesion with the sensitivity 0% and its specificity 100%.

Previously published studies compared CESM and DCE-MRI in breast cancer or BIRADS 4 lesions [12, 14, 16, 17], with no previous study done on the comparison between both CESM and DCE-MRI in intraductal papilloma.

Jochelson et al. did a prospective study and concluded that CESM has a lower sensitivity and higher specificity when compared to breast MRI [9].

Yousefa et al. agreed with Houssami et al. [18]. They concluded that CESM has lower sensitivity and higher specificity for cancer breast. The low specificity of breast MRI led to further un-necessary work-up and unindicated biopsies [14].

DCE-MRI has been useful in the diagnosis of breast tumors. Previous studies have found that enhancement intensities measured 2 min after contrast administration are significantly higher in malignant than benign lesions [19]. Some authors reported that the enhancement of intraductal papillomas on DCE-MRI was not obvious. The initial enhancement rate was not more than 100% and in other cases was less than 10% [20].

In our study, the enhancement of intraductal lesions was variable on both CESM and DCE-MRI. It varied from mild to intense enhancement and from marginal to homogenous enhancement. All pathologically proven papilloma cases showed a type I (28/37cases; 75%) and type II (7/37 cases; 20%) dynamic curves while lesions giving a type III curve (2/37 cases; 5%); proved to be associated with another underlying pathology; granulomatous mastitis in one case and inflammatory changes in another.

Zhu et al. [1] noted that rapid initial enhancement was seen in both intraductal papillomas and invasive carcinomas, but the early-phase enhancement rate of intraductal papilloma was significantly lower than that of invasive carcinomas (p < 0.05). The fibrovascular bundle structure of intraductal papilloma might provide the histologic explanation for the uptake of contrast material [1]. The time-intensity curve is an important criterion to distinguish between patterns of enhancement of benign and malignant breast lesions [19, 21]. Washout curves are an important predictor of malignancy, whereas persistent and plateau patterns suggest benign lesions [21].

The reported MR enhancement patterns of intraductal papillomas are variable. Daniel et al. [22] studied the DCE-MRI performance of intraductal papillomas and reported that most enhancing papillomas showed a plateau curve. Krämer et al. [20] concluded that benign papillomas did not show patterns of enhancement suggestive of malignancy. In their study, all papillomas showed rapid initial enhancement. Additionally, 72% of intraductal papillomas and 69% of invasive cancers revealed washout curves, with no significant difference between the two groups [20]. However, in another study, the dynamic curve of papillomas had a higher percentage of type III (washout) and no type I (progressive) delayed kinetic patterns of enhancement [1].

Zhu et al. showed a significant difference in the evolution of enhancement patterns in the periphery and center of intraductal papillomas versus carcinomas. They found that on DCE-MRI, most intraductal papillomas showed homogeneous or heterogeneous enhancement in the early phase and changed to rim enhancement in the delayed phase. This was scarcely seen in invasive carcinomas. This is suggested as a helpful sign in the diagnosis of intraductal papilloma of the breast [1].

Graziani et al. found that there is a variable morphologic appearance of benign papillomas on DCE-MRI as it can be occult lesion, “fibroadenoma-like” lesion or even “tumor-like” lesions. Also, they detected different MRI enhancement patterns, from mild, slow enhancement to early, strong, early enhancement with a plateau or a washout enhancement pattern. The kinetic curve of strongly enhancing lesion usually types 2 or 3 curves that make it very similar to malignant lesions [23].

In our study, since we concentrated on papilloma cases (37/45 cases; 82%), we found this pattern of marginal enhancement in (27/37 cases;73%) of MRI detected papillomas while others (10/37 cases; 7%) showed homogenous enhancement with no ring pattern in the delayed phase. This can be attributed to the small size of an intraductal papilloma which makes it more difficult to show this pattern.

Lobbes et al. compared CESM and MRI in the assessment of the size of the breast tumor. They found that CESM is good for measuring the size of the tumor while MRI did not add to the assessment of tumor size [24].

In a study done by Rotha et al., the smallest enhancing lesion detected on post-contract images was a 4 mm DCIS. This lesion was identified on both CESM and BMRI [13].

While in another study, breast MRI and CESM were found similar in the assessment of local extent of disease, lesion size, and multifocal/multicentric involvement, but they found CESM not the optimal study for some benign lesions as intraductal papillomas, small fibroadenomas, and radial scars [25].

In our study, the mean size of lesions was 11.1 ± 4.6 mm on DCE-MRI and 13.8 ± 3.4 mm on CESM with statistical significance P = 0.005*(≤ 0.05) (Table 4). The smallest detected size on DCE-MRI was 4 mm.

Regarding using mass and non-mass enhancement as morphology descriptors in CESM as described by Kamal et al. in 2015 [26], we found this difficult in case of small lesions as intraductal papillomas especially those less than 15 mm in size. In our study, only 4 cases (4/45 cases) 9% showed a well-defined mass enhancement on CESM even when MRI showed a well-defined enhancing nodule; of these, two were benign intraductal papillomas of size 15 mm, one was invasive ductal carcinoma, and the fourth was papillary cystic carcinoma. In our study, of all the 37 papillomas diagnosed on histopathology, only 20 showed contrast enhancement (54%) on CESM of which 18 cases (49%) showed non-mass enhancement either focal or ductal distribution. This may be attributed to the small size of the lesions; however, all papilloma cases showing regional or segmental enhancement on CESM proved to be associated with an underlying pathology; granulomatous mastitis in one case and inflammatory changes in another.

Limitations of this study

Our study has some limitations; small sample size may affect results. More researches with larger number of cases may be of value. All patients enrolled in the study were initially diagnosed as papillomas on MG and ultrasound, which may have incurred some entry bias in favor of papilloma compared to other breast pathology. Diffusion was not included as a point of comparison in MRI criteria which might prove to be of value in further research.


We conclude that MRI is still superior to CESM for the diagnosis of intraductal lesions whatever the size of the lesion, especially when the size is less than 5 mm. There is a lack of published research on CESM in diagnosing intraductal papilloma when compared with DCE-MRI. More research on a larger number of patients is needed for a more accurate assessment of the specificity of CESM in these cases.

Availability of data and materials

All data and materials used in this research are available.



Two-dimensional hand-held ultrasound


Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System




Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging


Contrast-enhanced spectral mammography


Ductal carcinoma in situ


Diffusion-weighted imaging


Full-field digital mammography


Fine needle aspiration cytology


Fast spin-echo


Invasive ductal carcinoma




Maximum intensity projections


Mediolateral oblique


Multi-planar reconstruction


Turbo inversion recovery magnitude


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Hegazy, R., Adel, L. & Yasin, R. The value of CESM in the evaluation of intraductal breast papilloma: a comparative study with DCE-MRI. Egypt J Radiol Nucl Med 51, 27 (2020).

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