TH-EF-BRA-04: Individually Optimized Contrast-Enhanced 4D-CT for Radiotherapy Simulation in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma




To develop an individually optimized contrast-enhanced (CE) 4D-CT for radiotherapy simulation in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PDA).


Ten PDA patients were enrolled. Each underwent 3 CT scans: a 4D-CT immediately following a CE 3D-CT and an individually optimized CE 4D-CT using test injection. Three physicians contoured the tumor and pancreatic tissues. We compared image quality scores, tumor volume, motion, tumor-to-pancreas contrast, and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) in the 3 CTs. We also evaluated interobserver variations in contouring the tumor using simultaneous truth and performance level estimation (STAPLE).


Average image quality scores for CE 3DCT and CE 4D-CT were comparable (4.0 and 3.8, respectively; P=0.47), and both were significantly better than that for 4D-CT (2.6, P<0.001). Tumor-to-pancreas contrast results were comparable in CE 3D-CT and CE 4D-CT (15.5 and 16.7 HU, respectively; P=0.71), and the latter was significantly higher than in 4D-CT (9.2 HU, P=0.03). Image noise in CE 3D-CT (12.5 HU) was significantly lower than in CE 4D-CT (22.1 HU, P<0.001) and 4D-CT (19.4 HU, P=0.005). CNRs were comparable in CE 3D-CT and CE 4DCT (1.4 and 0.8, respectively; P=0.23), and the former was significantly better than in 4D-CT (0.6, P = 0.04). Mean tumor volumes were smaller in CE 3D-CT (29.8 cm3) and CE 4D-CT (22.8 cm3) than in 4D-CT (42.0 cm3), although these differences were not statistically significant. Mean tumor motion was comparable in 4D-CT and CE 4D-CT (7.2 and 6.2 mm, P=0.23). Interobserver variations were comparable in CE 3D-CT and CE 4D-CT (Jaccard index 66.0% and 61.9%, respectively) and were worse for 4D-CT (55.6%) than CE 3D-CT.


CE 4D-CT demonstrated characteristics comparable to CE 3D-CT, with high potential for simultaneously delineating the tumor and quantifying tumor motion with a single scan.

Supported in part by Philips Healthcare.