Diffusion-weighted MRI and intravoxel incoherent motion model for diagnosis of pediatric solid abdominal tumors

Emma M Meeus, Niloufar Zarinabad, Karen A Manias, Jan Novak, Heather E L Rose, Hamid Dehghani, Katharine Foster, Bruce Morland, Andrew C Peet

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BACKGROUND: Pediatric retroperitoneal tumors in the renal bed are often large and heterogeneous, and their diagnosis based on conventional imaging alone is not possible. More advanced imaging methods, such as diffusion-weighted (DW) MRI and the use of intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM), have the potential to provide additional biomarkers that could facilitate their noninvasive diagnosis.

PURPOSE: To assess the use of an IVIM model for diagnosis of childhood malignant abdominal tumors and discrimination of benign from malignant lesions.

STUDY TYPE: Retrospective.

POPULATION: Forty-two pediatric patients with abdominal lesions (n = 32 malignant, n = 10 benign), verified by histopathology.

FIELD STRENGTH/SEQUENCE: 1.5T MRI system and a DW-MRI sequence with six b-values (0, 50, 100, 150, 600, 1000 s/mm2).

ASSESSMENT: Parameter maps of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), and IVIM maps of slow diffusion coefficient (D), fast diffusion coefficient (D*), and perfusion fraction (f) were computed using a segmented fitting model. Histograms were constructed for whole-tumor regions of each parameter.

STATISTICAL TESTS: Comparison of histogram parameters of and their diagnostic performance was determined using Kruskal-Wallis, Mann-Whitney U, and receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) analysis.

RESULTS: IVIM parameters D* and f were significantly higher in neuroblastoma compared to Wilms' tumors (P < 0.05). The ROC analysis showed that the best diagnostic performance was achieved with D* 90thpercentile (area under the curve [AUC] = 0.935; P = 0.002; cutoff value = 32,376 × 10-6mm2/s) and f mean values (AUC = 1.00; P < 0.001; cutoff value = 14.7) in discriminating between neuroblastoma (n = 11) and Wilms' tumors (n = 8). Discrimination between tumor types was not possible with IVIM D or ADC parameters. Malignant tumors revealed significantly lower ADC, D, and higher D* values than in benign lesions (all P < 0.05).

DATA CONCLUSION: IVIM perfusion parameters could distinguish between malignant childhood tumor types, providing potential imaging biomarkers for their diagnosis.

LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: 4 Technical Efficacy: Stage 2 J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 2017.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Early online date21 Nov 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Nov 2017


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