Discrimination between metastasis and glioblastoma multiforme based on morphometric analysis of MR images
SourceAJNR American Journal of Neuroradiology, 32, 1, (2011), pp. 67-73
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AJNR American Journal of Neuroradiology
SubjectDCN 1: Perception and Action; NCMLS 4: Energy and redox metabolism; ONCOL 3: Translational research NCMLS 4: Energy and redox metabolism
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Solitary MET and GBM are difficult to distinguish by using MR imaging. Differentiation is useful before any metastatic work-up or biopsy. Our hypothesis was that MET and GBM tumors differ in morphology. Shape analysis was proposed as an indicator for discriminating these 2 types of brain pathologies. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of this approach in the discrimination of GBMs and brain METs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The dataset consisted of 33 brain MR imaging sets of untreated patients, of which 18 patients were diagnosed as having a GBM and 15 patients, as having solitary metastatic brain tumor. The MR imaging was segmented by using the K-means algorithm. The resulting set of classes (also called "clusters") represented the variety of tissues observed. A morphology-based approach allowed discrimination of the 2 types of tumors. This approach was validated by a leave-1-patient-out procedure. RESULTS: A method was developed for the discrimination of GBMs and solitary METs. Two masses out of 33 were wrongly classified; the overall results were accurate in 93.9% of the observed cases. CONCLUSIONS: A semiautomated method based on a morphologic analysis was developed. Its application was found to be useful in the discrimination of GBM from solitary MET.
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