BACKGROUND: Diffusion-weighted imaging obtained with magnetic resonance (DW-MRI) is a non-invasive imaging tool potentially able to provide information about microstructural tumor characteristics. PURPOSE: To prospectively analyze the correlation between the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and clinical-histologic characteristics of squamous cell carcinoma (SCCA) of the oral cavity and oropharynx. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Sixty-seven patients with untreated, histologically proven SCCA of the oral cavity and oropharynx underwent conventional and diffusion-weighted (b-values 0, 50, 250, 500, and 900 s/mm2) MRI. Tumor ADC was calculated from regions of interest drawn manually on the highest b-value images using ImageJ (ImageJ, NIH) and fsl (fsl 4, University of Oxford) image processing packages. ADC was calculated in two ways: standard ADC using all b-values; and ADCHigh using only b-values ≥ 250 s/mm2. We assessed the correlations between both ADC and ADCHigh and the clinical-histological characteristics of SCCA. RESULTS: Fifty-two patients (36 men, 16 women; mean age, 55 ± 13 years) were suitable for ADC calculation. Mean ADC was 1136.0 ± 108.5 × 10-6 mm2/s. Mean tumor ADCHigh was 991.2 ± 152.1 × 10-6 mm2/s. Mean tumor size was 32.3 ± 13.4 mm (range, 14.0-69.0 mm). We observed no correlation of either ADC or ADCHigh values with any of the clinical-histological tumor characteristics. Undifferentiated tumors (G3) showed lower apparent diffusion coefficient values compared to differentiated ones (G1-G2), without reaching statistical significance. CONCLUSION: We did not observe any statistically significant correlation between ADC values and clinical-histological characteristics of SCCA of the oral cavity and oropharynx.
Squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity and oropharynx : what does the apparent diffusion coefficient tell us about its histology? / L. Bonello, L. Preda, G. Conte, C. Giannitto, S. Raimondi, M. Ansarin, F. Maffini, P. Summers, M. Bellomi. - In: ACTA RADIOLOGICA. - ISSN 0284-1851. - 57:11(2016 Nov 01), pp. 1344-1351.
|Titolo:||Squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity and oropharynx : what does the apparent diffusion coefficient tell us about its histology?|
BONELLO, LUKE (Primo)
BELLOMI, MASSIMO (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||diffusion-weighted imaging; apparent diffusion coefficient; grading; oral cavity; oropharynx; squamous cell carcinoma|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/36 - Diagnostica per Immagini e Radioterapia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1-nov-2016|
|Data ahead of print / Data di stampa:||26-mag-2015|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0284185115587734|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|