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04 July 2018 : Clinical Research  

Value of Diffusion-Weighted Imaging Combined with Susceptibility-Weighted Imaging in Differentiating Benign from Malignant Parotid Gland Lesions

Wei Zhang1BCDE, Zhichao Zuo1BCE, Xiangyang Huang1BCD, Guanqiao Jin1CDEG, Danke Su1AF*

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.911185

Med Sci Monit 2018; 24: CLR4610-4616


BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic value of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in combination with susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) for differentiating benign parotid gland lesions from malignant ones.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: This retrospective study was approved by the Ethics Committee of our hospital. A total of 36 patients (26 benign cases and 10 malignant cases) were confirmed by surgical pathology. The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), normalized ADC (ADCNormalized), intratumoral susceptibility signals (ITSS), and morphological characteristics were analyzed with SPSS 19.0 software.

RESULTS: The mean ADC values of parotid gland lesions was not different between malignant and benign lesions (P=0.07), while the differences between ADCNormalized (P=0.026) and ITSS grading (P=0.014) were statistically significant. Logistic regression analysis identified use of ADCNormalized and ITSS as the only independent predictor of malignant lesions (odds ratio 0.038; 95% confidence interval 0.001~0.988; P=0.011) and (odds ratio 4.867; 95% confidence interval 1.442~16.423; P=0.049), respectively. The optimum threshold of the ADCNormalized values was –0.45%, ITSS grade was 2, the corresponding areas under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) were 0.750 and 0.787 respectively, and the combination of the 2 was 0.846.

CONCLUSIONS: DWI integrated with SWI can significantly improve the diagnostic efficacy in distinguishing benign from malignant parotid lesions.

Keywords: Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Parotid Gland


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