Fifty-sixth annual meeting of the American association of physicists in medicine
WE-G-BRD-09: Prediction of Local Control/Failure by Using Feature Histogram Selection in Follow-Up T2-Weighted MR Image in Spinal Tumors After Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy
In follow-up T2-weighted MR images of spinal tumor patients treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), high intensity features embedded in dark surroundings may suggest a local failure (LF). We investigated image intensity histogram in imaging features to predict LF and local control (LC).
Sixty-seven spinal tumors were treated with SBRT at our institution with scheduled follow-up MR T2-weighted (TR 3200–6600ms; TE 75-132ms) imaging. The LF group included 10 tumors with 8.7 months median follow-up, while the LC group had 11 tumors with 24.1 months median follow-up. The follow-up images were fused to the planning CT. Image intensity histograms of the GTV were calculated. Voxels in greater than 90% (V90), 80% (V80), and peak (Vpeak) of the histogram were grouped into sub-ROIs to determine the best feature histogram. The intensity of each sub-ROI was evaluated using the mean T2-weighted signal ratio (intensity in sub-ROI / intensity in normal vertebrae). An ROC curve in predicting LF for each sub-ROI was calculated to determine the best feature histogram parameter for LF prediction.
Mean T2-weighted signal ratio in the LF group was significantly higher than that in the LC group for all sub-ROIs (1.1±0.4 vs. 0.7±0.2, 1.2±0.4 vs. 0.8±0.2, 1.4±0.5 vs. 0.8±0.2, for V90, V80, and Vpeak, p=0.02, 0.02, and 0.002, respectively). The corresponding areas-under-curve (AUC) of ROC were 0.78, 0.80, and 0.87, p=0.02, 0.03, 0.004, respectively. No correlation was found between T2-weighted signal ratio in Vpeak and follow-up time (Pearson's ρ=0.15).
Increased T2-weighted signal can be used to identify local failure while decreased signal indicates local control after spinal SBRT. By choosing the best histogram parameter (here the Vpeak), the AUC of the ROC can be substantially improved, which implies reliable prediction of LC and LF. These results are being further studied and validated with large multi-institutional data.