Diffusion Basis Spectrum Imaging with Deep Neural Network Differentiates Distinct Histology in Pediatric Brain Tumors

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Z. YeJoshua B Rubin


High-grade pediatric brain tumors constitute the highest mortality of cancer-death in children. While conventional MRI has been widely adopted for examining pediatric high-grade brain tumor clinically, accurate neuroimaging detection and differentiation of tumor histopathology for improved diagnosis, surgical planning, and treatment evaluation, remains an unmet need in the clinical management of pediatric brain tumor. We employed a novel Diffusion Histology Imaging (DHI) approach that incorporates diffusion basis spectrum imaging (DBSI) and deep neural network. DHI aims to detect, differentiate, and quantify heterogenous areas in pediatric high-grade brain tumors, which include normal white matter (WM), densely cellular tumor (DC tumor), less densely cellular tumor (LDC tumor), infiltrating edge, necrosis, and hemorrhage. Distinct diffusion metric combination would thus indicate the unique distributions of each distinct tumor histology features. DHI, by incorporating DBSI metrics and the deep neural network algorithm, classified pediatric tumor histology with an overall accuracy of 83.3%. Receiver operating analysis (ROC) analysis suggested DHI's great capability in distinguishing individual tumor histology with AUC values (95%...Continue Reading

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