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Pancreatic adenocarcinoma: variability of diffusion-weighted MR imaging findings.
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PMID:  22623694     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To compare the apparent diffusion coefficients (ADCs) of pancreatic adenocarcinomas that appear hyperintense with clearly defined borders (clear hyperintense) with those that do not show clear hyperintense borders on diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance (MR) images.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Institutional review board approval was obtained and informed consent was waived. Eighty patients with histologically confirmed pancreatic adenocarcinoma (mean tumor size, 32 mm) underwent fat-suppressed single-shot echo-planar 3.0-T diffusion-weighted MR imaging with diffusion gradients (b = 1000 sec/mm(2)). ADC values of the pancreatic adenocarcinomas (n = 80) and proximal (n = 51) and distal (n = 70) pancreas were compared by using the Friedman test, followed by the Wilcoxon signed-rank test, and the difference in serum amylase levels between pancreatic adenocarcinomas with and without clear hyperintensity was evaluated by using the x(2) test.
RESULTS: In 38 of 80 patients, pancreatic adenocarcinomas showed clear hyperintensity relative to the surrounding pancreas; 26 were hyperintense with unclear distal borders; 12, isointense; and four, hypointense. In all patients, the mean ADC (± standard deviation) of the tumors (1.16 × 10(-3) mm(2)/sec ± 0.22) was significantly lower than those of the proximal pancreas (1.33 × 10(-3) mm(2)/sec ± 0.16, P < .001) and the distal pancreatic parenchyma (1.24 × 10(-3) mm(2)/sec ± 0.23, P = .004). No significant difference in ADC was seen between the pancreatic adenocarcinomas without clear hyperintensity and the distal pancreas. The frequency of serum amylase levels greater than 120 U/L (2.00 μkat/L) was significantly higher than in those with clear hyperintense pancreatic adenocarcinomas (P < .001).
CONCLUSION: Diffusion-weighted MR imaging was not useful for delineating 47% of pancreatic adenocarcinomas, because of hyperintensity of the pancreatic parenchyma distal to the cancer.
Yoshihiko Fukukura; Koji Takumi; Kiyohisa Kamimura; Toshikazu Shindo; Yuichi Kumagae; Akihiro Tateyama; Masayuki Nakajo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Radiology     Volume:  263     ISSN:  1527-1315     ISO Abbreviation:  Radiology     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-24     Completed Date:  2012-08-13     Revised Date:  2012-10-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401260     Medline TA:  Radiology     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  732-40     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Radiology, Kagoshima University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, 8-35-1 Sakuragaoka, Kagoshima 890-8544, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Adenocarcinoma / diagnosis*,  radiography
Aged, 80 and over
Chi-Square Distribution
Contrast Media / diagnostic use
Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted
Iohexol / diagnostic use
Iopamidol / diagnostic use
Middle Aged
Pancreatic Neoplasms / diagnosis*,  radiography
Retrospective Studies
Statistics, Nonparametric
Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Contrast Media; 62883-00-5/Iopamidol; 66108-95-0/Iohexol
Erratum In:
Radiology. 2012 Sep;264(3):920

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