Texture features of primary tumor on 18F-FDG PET images in non-small cell lung cancer: The relationship between imaging and histopathological parameters Características de textura del tumor primario en imágenes de 18F-FDG PET en cáncer de pulmón de células no pequeñas: la relación entre parámetros de imágenes y parámetros histopatológicos

AYDOS U. , ÜNAL E. G. , Özçelik M., Akdemir D., EKİNCİ Ö. , TAŞTEPE A. İ. , ...More

Revista Espanola de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular, 2021 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.remn.2020.06.025
  • Title of Journal : Revista Espanola de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen Molecular


© 2021 Sociedad Española de Medicina Nuclear e Imagen MolecularObjectives: The aims of this study were to evaluate the relationships between textural features of the primary tumor on FDG PET images and clinical-histopathological parameters which are useful in predicting prognosis in newly diagnosed non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Material and methods: PET/CT images of ninety (90) patients with NSCLC prior to surgery were analyzed retrospectively. All patients had resectable tumors. From the images we acquired data related to metabolism (SUVmax, metabolic tumor volume [MTV] and total lesion glycolysis [TLG]) and texture features of primary tumors. Histopathological tumor types and subgroups, degree of Ki-67 expression and necrosis rates of the primary tumor, mediastinal lymph node (MLN) status and nodal stages were recorded. Results: Among the 2 histologic tumor types (adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma) significant differences were present regarding metabolic parameters, Ki-67 index with higher values and kurtosis with lower values in the latter group. Textural heterogeneity was found to be higher in poorly differentiated tumors compared to moderately differentiated tumors in patients with adenocarcinoma. While Ki-67 index had significant correlations with metabolic parameters and kurtosis, tumor necrosis rate was only significantly correlated with textural features. By univariate and multivariate analyses of the imaging and histopathological factors examined, only gradient variance was significant predictive factor for the presence of MLN metastasis. Conclusions: Textural features had significant associations with histologic tumor types, degree of pathological differentiation, tumor proliferation and necrosis rates. Texture analysis has potential to differentiate tumor types and subtypes and to predict MLN metastasis in patients with NSCLC.