This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. Primary support for the subproject and the subproject's principal investigator may have been provided by other sources, including other NIH sources. The Total Cost listed for the subproject likely represents the estimated amount of Center infrastructure utilized by the subproject, not direct funding provided by the NCRR grant to the subproject or subproject staff. Breast cancer is a very common disease, affecting 1 in 8 American women in their lifetimes and causing more than 40,000 deaths each year. The development of new non-invasive tools for screening, diagnosis, tumor staging, and treatment monitoring can help improve the quality of patient care. It has been previously shown by our group that quantitative MR spectroscopy can be used to give an early indication of a tumor's response to therapy. The clinical feasibility of this methodology is currently being investigated in a multi-site clinical trial (ACRIN 6657). The goal of this project is to develop and evaluate improved methods for performing quantitative MR spectroscopy in breast cancer. Several new MR spectroscopy techniques will be developed and compared to the standard ACRIN 6657 MRS protocol. There will be two phases to this project. Phase I will develop and compare these sequences on phantoms and normal volunteers. This phase will last approximately 6 months, at the end of which we will select the most promising of the sequence variations. In this phase we estimate that we will need one 1.5-hour session per week for each of 20 weeks (30 hrs). In Phase II, we will perform a normal reproducibility study on a series of 10 subjects, each studied twice. The acquisition protocol will consist of conventional MRI, followed by the standard ACRIN 6657 MRS acquisition, then followed by the experimental MRS methods.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Biotechnology Resource Grants (P41)
Project #
5P41RR008079-19
Application #
8362830
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-SBIB-S (40))
Project Start
2011-06-01
Project End
2012-05-31
Budget Start
2011-06-01
Budget End
2012-05-31
Support Year
19
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$30,257
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Department
Radiation-Diagnostic/Oncology
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
555917996
City
Minneapolis
State
MN
Country
United States
Zip Code
55455
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