Comparison of optimised endovaginal vs external array coil T2-weighted and diffusion-weighted imaging techniques for detecting suspected early stage (IA/IB1) uterine cervical cancer.
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Objective To compare sensitivity and specificity of endovaginal versus external-array coil T2-W and T2-W + DWI for detecting and staging small cervical tumours.Methods Optimised endovaginal and external array coil MRI at 3.0-T was done prospectively in 48 consecutive patients with stage Ia/Ib1 cervical cancer. Sensitivity/specificity for detecting tumour and parametrial extension against histopathology for a reading radiologist were determined on coronal T2-W and T2W + DW images. An independent radiologist also scored T2-W images without and with addition of DWI for the external-array and endovaginal coils on separate occasions >2 weeks apart. Cohen's kappa assessed inter- and intra-observer agreement.Results Median tumour volume in 19/38 cases positive on subsequent histology was 1.75 cm(3). Sensitivity, specificity, PPV, NPV were: reading radiologist 91.3 %, 89.5 %, 91.3 %, 89.5 %, respectively; independent radiologist T2-W 82.6 %, 73.7 %, 79.1 %, 77.8 % for endovaginal, 73.9 %, 89.5 %, 89.5 %, 73.9 % for external-array coil. Adding DWI improved sensitivity and specificity of endovaginal imaging (78.2 %, 89.5 %); adding DWI to external-array imaging improved specificity (94.7 %) but reduced sensitivity (66.7 %). Inter- and intra-observer agreement on T2-W + DWI was good (kappa = 0.67 and 0.62, respectively).Conclusion Endovaginal coil T2-W MRI is more sensitive than external-array coil for detecting tumours <2 cm(3); adding DWI improves specificity of endovaginal imaging but reduces sensitivity of external-array imaging.Key points • Endovaginal more accurate than external-array T2-W MRI for detecting small cervical cancers. • Addition of DWI improves sensitivity and specificity of endovaginal T2-W imaging. • Addition of DWI substantially reduces sensitivity of external-array T2-W imaging.
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Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Sensitivity and Specificity
Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
Early Detection of Cancer
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European radiology, 2016, 26 (4), pp. 941 - 950