Comparison of dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI and dynamic contrast-enhanced CT biomarkers in bladder cancer

J. H. Naish, Deirdre Mcgrath, Lauren Bains, K. Passera, Caleb Roberts, Yvonne Watson, Susan Cheung, Marcus Taylor, J. P. Logue, David Buckley, J. Tessier, H. Young, J. C. Waterton, Geoffrey Parker

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    Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) is frequently used to provide response biomarkers in clinical trials of novel cancer therapeutics but assessment of their physiological accuracy is difficult. DCE-CT provides an independent probe of similar pharmacokinetic processes and may be modeled in the same way as DCE-MRI to provide purportedly equivalent physiological parameters. In this study, DCE-MRI and DCE-CT were directly compared in subjects with primary bladder cancer to assess the degree to which the model parameters report modeled physiology rather than artefacts of the measurement technique and to determine the interchangeability of the techniques in a clinical trial setting. The biomarker K trans obtained by fitting an extended version of the Kety model voxelwise to both DCE-MRI and DCE-CT data was in excellent agreement (mean across subjects was 0.085 ± 0.030 min -1 for DCE-MRI and 0.087 ± 0.033 min -1 for DCE-CT, intermodality coefficient of variation 9%). The parameter v p derived from DCE-CT was significantly greater than that derived from DCE-MRI (0.018 ± 0.006 compared to 0.009 ± 0.008, P = 0.0007) and v e was in reasonable agreement only for low values. The study provides evidence that the biomarker K trans is a robust parameter indicative of the underlying physiology and relatively independent of the method of measurement. Magn Reson Med, 2011. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc. Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)219-226
    Number of pages7
    JournalMagnetic Resonance in Medicine
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011


    • bladder cancer
    • comparison
    • DCE-CT
    • DCE-MRI


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