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Radiother Oncol. 2000 Oct;57(1):53-9.

Tumour oxygenation levels correlate with dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging parameters in carcinoma of the cervix.

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CRC Experimental Radiation Oncology Group, Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, Christie Hospital NHS Trust, M20 4BX, Manchester, UK.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:

The Eppendorf pO(2) histograph is the 'gold standard' method for measuring tumour oxygenation. The method is not suitable for widespread application because its use is limited to accessible tumours. A non-invasive imaging technique would be an attractive alternative. Therefore, the relationships between tumour oxygenation and dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) parameters were investigated.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

The study comprised 30 patients with carcinoma of the cervix. Tumour oxygenation was measured pre-treatment as median pO(2) and the proportion of values less than 5 mmHg (HP5) using a pO(2) histograph. Repeat measurements were obtained for nine patients following 40-45 Gy external beam radiotherapy giving a total of 39 measurements. Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI using gadolinium was performed prior to obtaining the oxygenation data. Time/signal intensity curves were generated to obtain two standard parameters: maximum enhancement over baseline (SI-I) and the rate of enhancement (SI-I/s).

RESULTS:

Using the 39 measurements, there was a significant correlation between SI-I and both median pO(2) (r=0.59; P<0.001) and HP5 (r=-0. 49; P=0.002). There was a weak, borderline significant correlation between SI-I/s and both median pO(2) (r=0.29; P=0.071) and HP5 (r=-0. 34; P=0.037). There was a significant relationship between tumour size and SI-I (r=0.54; P<0.001), but not SI-I/s. In 29 tumours, where data were available, there was no relationship between histological assessment of tumour angiogenesis (intra-tumour microvessel density; IMD) and either MRI parameter.

CONCLUSIONS:

Tumour oxygenation levels measured using a pO(2) histograph correlate with dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI parameters. Therefore, non-invasive dynamic MRI may be a method for measuring hypoxia in human tumours.

PMID:
11033189
DOI:
10.1016/s0167-8140(00)00259-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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