Objective: To correlate intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) imaging and dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) MRI in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Methods: Forty untreated patients with HNSCC were included retrospectively in the study. Perfusion fraction f, diffusion coefficient D and perfusion-related diffusion coefficient D* were extracted by bi-exponential fitting of IVIM data. Semi-quantitative DCE-MRI parameters, including positive enhancement integral (PEI) and maximum slope of increase (MSI), were calculated. The relationships between all variables were assessed by Spearman's test for correlation. Results: 27 primary tumors (PTs) and 23 lymph nodes (LNs) were analyzed. The residual sum of squares (RSS), used to assess the fit quality, was significantly different between PTs and LNs, with the last showing lower values. In LNs, D* and the product D* x f were positively related to both nPEI and nMSI, while no significant correlation was found in PTs. Conclusion: Evident relationships between Dc and D* x f and DCE-MRI perfusion measurements were found in LNs, while no significant association emerged in PTs. This presumably is due to the poorer agreement between the experimental data and curve fitting for PTs, as compared to LNs. Additional work is warranted to improve the reliability of the IVIM parameter estimations in primary HNSCCs. (C) 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
|Titolo:||Correlation study between intravoxel incoherent motion MRI and dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma: Evaluation in primary tumors and metastatic nodes|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|