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Strahlenther Onkol. 2009 Nov;185(11):756-62. doi: 10.1007/s00066-009-1988-6. Epub 2009 Nov 10.

Correlation of pretreatment polarographically measured oxygen pressures with quantified contrast-enhanced power doppler ultrasonography in spontaneous canine tumors and their impact on outcome after radiation therapy.

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  • 1Section of Radiooncology, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 260, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland.



To evaluate the use of noninvasive quantified contrast-enhanced power Doppler ultrasonography as a surrogate in the estimation of tumor hypoxia measured by invasive pO(2) histography in canine tumors.


Data of pretreatment tumor oxygenation status, tumor vascularity and blood volume, and tumor response after radiation therapy was collected in 48 spontaneous malignant oral tumors (Table 1). Tumor oxygenation status was correlated to vascularity and blood volume, and influences on outcome after treatment were analyzed.


Although vascularity and blood volume correlated moderately with median pO(2) (r = 0.51 and 0.61; p = 0.001 and < 0.0001) and percentage of pO(2) readings < or = 2.5, 5, and 10 mmHg (r = -0.37 to -0.42; p < 0.01-0.03) for all tumors, they did not correlate within the different histology groups (p = 0.06-0.9). For all tumors, pretreatment oxygenation status, vascularity and blood volume were not found to be of prognostic value (Tables 2 and 3).


These analyses show that quantified contrast-enhanced power Doppler ultrasonography does not represent a noninvasive indirect method to assess tumor hypoxia measured by invasive pO(2) histography. Both technologies were nonprognostic indicators in spontaneous malignant canine oral tumors.

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