Gd-EOB-DTPA Enhanced MRI for Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Quantitative Evaluation of Tumor Enhancement in Hepatobiliary Phase

Department of Radiology, Tokyo Medical University Kasumigaura Hospital, 3-20-1 Aminachi-chuo, Inashiki-gun, Ibaraki 300-0395, Japan.
Magnetic Resonance in Medical Sciences (Impact Factor: 1.48). 02/2005; 4(1):1-9. DOI: 10.2463/mrms.4.1
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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the utility of gadolinium-ethoxybenzyl-diethylenetriamine pentaacetic acid (Gd-EOB-DTPA)-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the quantitative evaluation of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and dysplastic nodules in the hepatobiliary phase.
The subjects comprised 12 patients with 27 lesions (22 HCCs and 5 dysplastic nodules). Chemical-shift-selective fat-suppressed T1-weighted sequences were obtained before and 10, 20, and 40 min after the injection of Gd-EOB-DTPA. Quantitative analyses were performed with the enhancement ratio of the lesion and the contrast-to-noise (C/N) ratio.
The enhancement ratios of the HCCs were 44.0+/-36.5, 44.7+/-46.8, and 47.7+/-52.8 (%) at 10, 20, and 40 min, respectively, after the injection of Gd-EOB-DTPA. The enhancement ratios of the dysplastic nodules were 36.2+/-34.3, 44.3+/-37.3, and 40.1+/-46.8 (%). The C/N ratios of the HCCs were 0.2+/-6.6 for the precontrast image, and -9.2+/-12.6, -9.9+/-14.8, and -12.7+/-15.7 at 10, 20, and 40 min, respectively, after the injection of Gd-EOB-DTPA. The C/N ratios of the dysplastic nodules were 1.4+/-8.0, -13.7+/-11.1, -13.3+/-7.6, and -13.1+/-10.4. No significant differences were found between the HCCs and the dysplastic nodules in the enhancement ratio and the C/N ratio. Only two HCCs showed a positive C/N ratio value, and these HCCs were pathologically confirmed to be a well differentiated and a moderately differentiated carcinoma, respectively.
HCCs and some of the dysplastic nodules showed hypointensity in the hepatobiliary phase in Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced MRI. No specific enhancement was observed, regardless of tumor differentiation.

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    • "It has been shown that HCCs appear hypointens in HP images – most likely due to the down-regulation of OATP1 and the increased expression of MRP2 –, even though they lack the characteristic enhancement features of HCCs in early dynamic phases, for instance, due to the persistent portal venous blood supply in early HCC [23], [24]. Thus, Gd-EOB-DTPA might help differentiate small HCCs from dysplastic nodules and pseudovascular lesions, which do not commonly show hypointensity during the HP [25], [26]. "
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    • "These latter nodules are difficult to evaluate in dynamic studies with Gd-DTPA. No significant quantitative difference is observed between HCCs and dysplastic nodules in terms of the enhancement ratios and the contrast-to-noise ratio [6]. A combination of CTA and CTAP, as well as SPIO-enhanced MRI, has been conducted to distinguish between these two entities [7,8]. "
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