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Accuracy and confidence of Gd-EOB-DTPA enhanced MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging alone and in combination for the diagnosis of liver metastases


Donati, Olivio F; Fischer, Michael A; Chuck, Natalie; Hunziker, Roger; Weishaupt, Dominik; Reiner, Caecilia S (2013). Accuracy and confidence of Gd-EOB-DTPA enhanced MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging alone and in combination for the diagnosis of liver metastases. European Journal of Radiology, 82(5):822-828.

Abstract

PURPOSE: To evaluate the accuracy and confidence in diagnosing liver metastases using combined gadolinium-EOB-DTPA (Gd-EOB-DTPA) enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in comparison to Gd-EOB-DTPA enhanced MRI and DWI alone. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-three patients (age, 58±13 years) with 89 liver lesions (28 benign, 61 malignant) underwent liver MRI for suspected liver metastases. Three image sets (DWI, Gd-EOB-DTPA and combined Gd-EOB-DTPA/DWI) in combination with unenhanced T1- and T2-weighted images were reviewed by three readers. Detection rates of focal liver lesions were assessed and diagnostic accuracy was evaluated by calculating the areas under the receiver-operating-characteristics curve (AUC). Confidence in diagnosis was evaluated on a 3-point scale. Histopathology and imaging follow-up served as the standard of reference. RESULTS: Detection of liver lesions and confidence in final diagnosis for all readers were significantly higher for the combined Gd-EOB-DTPA/DWI dataset than for DWI. The combination of DWI and Gd-EOB-DTPA rendered a significantly higher confidence in final diagnosis (2.44 vs. 2.50) than Gd-EOB-DTPA alone for one reader. For two readers, accuracy in diagnosis of liver metastases was significantly higher for Gd-EOB-DTPA/DWI (AUCs of 0.84 and 0.83) than for DWI datasets (AUCs of 0.73 and 0.72). Adding DWI to Gd-EOB-DTPA did not significantly increase diagnostic accuracy as compared to Gd-EOB-DTPA imaging alone. CONCLUSION: Addition of DWI sequences to Gd-EOB-DTPA enhanced MRI did not significantly increase diagnostic accuracy as compared to Gd-EOB-DTPA enhanced MRI alone in the diagnosis of liver metastases. However, the increase in diagnostic confidence might justify acquisition of DWI sequences in a dedicated MRI protocol.

Abstract

PURPOSE: To evaluate the accuracy and confidence in diagnosing liver metastases using combined gadolinium-EOB-DTPA (Gd-EOB-DTPA) enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)/diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in comparison to Gd-EOB-DTPA enhanced MRI and DWI alone. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-three patients (age, 58±13 years) with 89 liver lesions (28 benign, 61 malignant) underwent liver MRI for suspected liver metastases. Three image sets (DWI, Gd-EOB-DTPA and combined Gd-EOB-DTPA/DWI) in combination with unenhanced T1- and T2-weighted images were reviewed by three readers. Detection rates of focal liver lesions were assessed and diagnostic accuracy was evaluated by calculating the areas under the receiver-operating-characteristics curve (AUC). Confidence in diagnosis was evaluated on a 3-point scale. Histopathology and imaging follow-up served as the standard of reference. RESULTS: Detection of liver lesions and confidence in final diagnosis for all readers were significantly higher for the combined Gd-EOB-DTPA/DWI dataset than for DWI. The combination of DWI and Gd-EOB-DTPA rendered a significantly higher confidence in final diagnosis (2.44 vs. 2.50) than Gd-EOB-DTPA alone for one reader. For two readers, accuracy in diagnosis of liver metastases was significantly higher for Gd-EOB-DTPA/DWI (AUCs of 0.84 and 0.83) than for DWI datasets (AUCs of 0.73 and 0.72). Adding DWI to Gd-EOB-DTPA did not significantly increase diagnostic accuracy as compared to Gd-EOB-DTPA imaging alone. CONCLUSION: Addition of DWI sequences to Gd-EOB-DTPA enhanced MRI did not significantly increase diagnostic accuracy as compared to Gd-EOB-DTPA enhanced MRI alone in the diagnosis of liver metastases. However, the increase in diagnostic confidence might justify acquisition of DWI sequences in a dedicated MRI protocol.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:24 Jan 2013 10:47
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:19
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0720-048X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejrad.2012.12.005
PubMed ID:23287713

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