Extracranial Soft-Tissue Tumors: Repeatability of Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Estimates from Diffusion-weighted MR Imaging.
de Bono, JS
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Purpose To assess the repeatability of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) estimates in extracranial soft-tissue diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging across a wide range of imaging protocols and patient populations. Materials and Methods Nine prospective patient studies and one prospective volunteer study, performed between 2006 and 2016 with research ethics committee approval and written informed consent from each subject, were included in this single-institution study. A total of 141 tumors and healthy organs were imaged twice (interval between repeated examinations, 45 minutes to 10 days, depending the on study) to assess the repeatability of median and mean ADC estimates. The Levene test was used to determine whether ADC repeatability differed between studies. The Pearson linear correlation coefficient was used to assess correlation between coefficient of variation (CoV) and the year the study started, study size, and volumes of tumors and healthy organs. The repeatability of ADC estimates from small, medium, and large tumors and healthy organs was assessed irrespective of study, and the Levene test was used to determine whether ADC repeatability differed between these groups. Results CoV aggregated across all studies was 4.1% (range for each study, 1.7%-6.5%). No correlation was observed between CoV and the year the study started or study size. CoV was weakly correlated with volume (r = -0.5, P = .1). Repeatability was significantly different between small, medium, and large tumors (P < .05), with the lowest CoV (2.6%) for large tumors. There was a significant difference in repeatability between studies-a difference that did not persist after the study with the largest tumors was excluded. Conclusion ADC is a robust imaging metric with excellent repeatability in extracranial soft tissues across a wide range of tumor sites, sizes, patient populations, and imaging protocol variations. Online supplemental material is available for this article.
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Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Reproducibility of Results
Soft Tissue Neoplasms
Prostate Cancer Targeted Therapy Group
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Radiology, 284 (1), pp. 88 - 99