Computer-Aided Diagnosis

Bolus arrival time and its effect on tissue characterization with dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging

[+] Author Affiliations
Alireza Mehrtash, Tina Kapur, Ron Kikinis, Andriy Fedorov

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Radiology, Surgical Planning Laboratory, ASBI, L1-050, 75 Francis Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, United States

Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, United States

Sandeep N. Gupta, Dattesh Shanbhag, James V. Miller

General Electric Global Research, Niskayuna, New York 12309, United States

Fiona M. Fennessy

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Department of Radiology, Surgical Planning Laboratory, ASBI, L1-050, 75 Francis Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, United States

Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, United States

Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Department of Radiology, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, United States

J. Med. Imag. 3(1), 014503 (Mar 01, 2016). doi:10.1117/1.JMI.3.1.014503
History: Received July 22, 2015; Accepted January 21, 2016
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Abstract.  Matching the bolus arrival time (BAT) of the arterial input function (AIF) and tissue residue function (TRF) is necessary for accurate pharmacokinetic (PK) modeling of dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI). We investigated the sensitivity of volume transfer constant (Ktrans) and extravascular extracellular volume fraction (ve) to BAT and compared the results of four automatic BAT measurement methods in characterization of prostate and breast cancers. Variation in delay between AIF and TRF resulted in a monotonous change trend of Ktrans and ve values. The results of automatic BAT estimators for clinical data were all comparable except for one BAT estimation method. Our results indicate that inaccuracies in BAT measurement can lead to variability among DCE-MRI PK model parameters, diminish the quality of model fit, and produce fewer valid voxels in a region of interest. Although the selection of the BAT method did not affect the direction of change in the treatment assessment cohort, we suggest that BAT measurement methods must be used consistently in the course of longitudinal studies to control measurement variability.

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Alireza Mehrtash ; Sandeep N. Gupta ; Dattesh Shanbhag ; James V. Miller ; Tina Kapur, et al.
"Bolus arrival time and its effect on tissue characterization with dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging", J. Med. Imag. 3(1), 014503 (Mar 01, 2016). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JMI.3.1.014503


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