Role of susceptibility-weighted imaging and intratumoral susceptibility signals in grading and differentiating pediatric brain tumors at 1.5 T: a preliminary study

Cesare Colosimo, Simona Gaudino, Pamela Guadalupi, Carolina Giordano, Luca Massimi, Marco Gessi, Paolo Frassanito, Massimo Caldarelli, Giovanna Pezzullo

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Abstract

Purpose: Susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) is useful for glioma grading and discriminating between brain tumor categories in adults, but its diagnostic value for pediatric brain tumors is unclear. Here we evaluated the usefulness of SWI for pediatric tumor grading and differentiation by assessing intratumoral susceptibility signal intensity (ITSS). Methods: We retrospectively enrolled 96 children with histopathologically diagnosed brain tumors, who underwent routine brain MRI exam with SWI (1.5 T scanner). Each tumor was assigned an ITSS score by a radiology resident and an experienced neuroradiologist, and subsequently by consensus. Statistical analyses were performed to differentiate between low-grade (LG) and high-grade (HG) tumors, histological categories, and tumor locations. Inter-reader agreement was assessed using Cohen’s kappa (κ). Results: The interobserver agreement was 0.844 (0.953 between first reader and consensus, and 0.890 between second reader and consensus). Among all tumors, we found a statistically significant difference between LG and HG for ITSS scores of 0 and 2 (p = 0.002). This correlation was weaker among astrocytomas alone, and became significant when considering only off-midline astrocytomas (p = 0.05). Scores of 0 and 2 were a strong discriminating factor (p = 0.001) for astrocytomas (score 0) and for embryonal, choroid plexus, germ-cell, pineal, and ependymoma tumors (score 2). No medulloblastoma showed a score of 0. Conclusions: Our preliminary ITTS results in pediatric brain tumors somewhat differed from those obtained in adult populations. These findings highlight the potential valuable role of ITSS for tumor grading and discriminating between some tumor categories in the pediatric population.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)705-713
Numero di pagine9
RivistaNeuroradiology
Volume62
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2020

Keywords

  • Brain
  • ITSS
  • Pediatric
  • Swi
  • Tumor

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