5 years ago

Perfusion of surgical cavity wall enhancement in early post-treatment MR imaging may stratify the time-to-progression in glioblastoma

Seung Chai Jung, Woo Hyun Shim, Hyo Won Kim, Jeong Hoon Kim, Ho Sung Kim, Ji Eun Park, Sang Joon Kim, Kyoung Hwa Ryu, Choong Gon Choi

by Ji Eun Park, Kyoung Hwa Ryu, Ho Sung Kim, Hyo Won Kim, Woo Hyun Shim, Seung Chai Jung, Choong Gon Choi, Sang Joon Kim, Jeong Hoon Kim


To determine if perfusion in surgical cavity wall enhancement (SCWE) obtained in early post-treatment MR imaging can stratify time-to-progression (TTP) in glioblastoma.

Materials and methods

This study enrolled 60 glioblastoma patients with more than 5-mm-thick SCWEs as detected on contrast-enhanced MR imaging after concurrent chemoradiation therapy. Two independent readers categorized the shape and perfusion state of SCWEs as nodular or non-nodular and as having positive or negative perfusion compared with the contralateral grey matter on arterial spin labeling (ASL). The perfusion fraction on ASL within the contrast-enhancing lesion was calculated. The independent predictability of TTP was analyzed using the Kaplan-Meier method and Cox proportional hazards modelling.


The perfusion fraction was higher in the non-progression group, significantly for reader 2 (P = 0.03) and borderline significantly for reader 1 (P = 0.08). A positive perfusion state and (P = 0.02) a higher perfusion fraction of the SCWE were found to become an independent predictor of longer TTP (P = 0.001 for reader 1 and P < 0.001 for reader 2). The contrast enhancement pattern did not become a TTP predictor.


Assessment of perfusion in early post-treatment MR imaging can stratify TTP in patients with glioblastoma for adjuvant temozolomide therapy. Positive perfusion in SCWEs can become a predictor of a longer TTP.

Publisher URL: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0181933

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