Limitations of single slice dynamic contrast enhanced MR in pharmacokinetic modeling of bone sarcomas

Department of Radiology, The Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, Norfolk, UK.
Acta Radiologica (Impact Factor: 1.6). 06/2009; 50(5):512-20. DOI: 10.1080/02841850902922761
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Single slice dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) appears to provide perfusion data about sarcomas in vivo that correlate with tumor necrosis on equivalent pathological sections. However, sarcomas are heterogeneous and therefore single slice DCE-MRI may not correlate with total tumor necrosis.
To determine whether changes in pharmacokinetic modeling of DCE-MRI, during chemotherapy for primary bone sarcomas correlated with histological measures of total tumor necrosis.
Twelve patients with appendicular primary bone sarcomas were included in the study. Each patient had DCE-MRI before, and after completion, of pre-operative chemotherapy. The mean arterial slope (A), endothelial permeability coefficient (K(trans)), and extravascular extracellular volume (V(e)) were derived from each data set using a modified two compartment pharmacokinetic model. Total tumor necrosis rates were compared with changes in A, K(trans), and V(e).
Six patients had total tumor necrosis of >or=90% and six had a measure of <90%. The median percentage changes in A, K(trans), and V(e) for the >or=90% necrosis group were -52.5% (-83 to 6), -66% (-82 to 26), and 23.5% (-26 to 40), respectively. For the <90% necrosis group, A = - 35% (-75 to 132), K(trans)= - 53 (-66 to 149) and V(e)= - 14.5% (-42 to 40). One patient with >90% necrosis had increases in all three measures. Comparison of the two groups generated P-values of 0.699 for A, 0.18 for K(trans), and 0.31 for V(e).
There was no statistically significant correlation between changes in pharmacokinetic perfusion parameters and total tumor necrosis. When using single slice DCE-MRI heterogeneous histology of primary bone sarcomas and repair mediated angiogenesis might both be confounding factors.

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