DCE-MRI analysis methods for predicting the response of breast cancer to neoadjuvant chemotherapy: Pilot study findings.

TitleDCE-MRI analysis methods for predicting the response of breast cancer to neoadjuvant chemotherapy: Pilot study findings.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsLi X, Arlinghaus LR, Ayers GD, Chakravarthy BA, Abramson RG, Abramson VG, Atuegwu N, Farley J, Mayer IA, Kelley MC, Meszoely IM, Means-Powell J, Grau AM, Sanders M, Bhave SR, Yankeelov TE
JournalMagnetic resonance in medicine : official journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine / Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Date Published2013 May 9
Abstract

PURPOSE: The purpose of this pilot study is to determine (1) if early changes in both semiquantitative and quantitative DCE-MRI parameters, observed after the first cycle of neoadjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer patients, show significant difference between responders and nonresponders and (2) if these parameters can be used as a prognostic indicator of the eventual response. METHODS: Twenty-eight patients were examined using DCE-MRI pre-, post-one cycle, and just prior to surgery. The semiquantitative parameters included longest dimension, tumor volume, initial area under the curve, and signal enhancement ratio related parameters, while quantitative parameters included K(trans) , ve , kep , vp , and τi estimated using the standard Tofts-Kety, extended Tofts-Kety, and fast exchange regime models. RESULTS: Our preliminary results indicated that the signal enhancement ratio washout volume and kep were significantly different between pathologic complete responders from nonresponders (P < 0.05) after a single cycle of chemotherapy. Receiver operator characteristic analysis showed that the AUC of the signal enhancement ratio washout volume was 0.75, and the AUCs of kep estimated by three models were 0.78, 0.76, and 0.73, respectively. CONCLUSION: In summary, the signal enhancement ratio washout volume and kep appear to predict breast cancer response after one cycle of neoadjuvant chemotherapy. This observation should be confirmed with additional prospective studies. Magn Reson Med, 2013. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

DOI10.3980/j.issn.2222-3959.2013.03.08
Alternate JournalMagn Reson Med