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Computed tomography perfusion analysis of pancreatic carcinoma.
OBJECTIVEThe purpose of this study was to evaluate CT perfusion of pancreatic carcinomas using the Patlak model for assessing perfusion, permeability, and blood volume.
METHODSA total of 25 patients with pancreatic carcinoma were examined prospectively with a 64-slice computed tomography (CT) using a dynamic sequence after intravenous injection of 80-mL contrast material (370 mg/mL; flow rate, 5 mL/s). Eighty-kilovolt (peak) perfusion acquisitions were evaluated for estimating perfusion parameters for carcinoma and healthy tissue using a 2-compartment model (Patlak model).
RESULTSTwenty patients had hypodense tumors; in 5 patients, the tumor could not be delineated in contrast-enhanced CT. All carcinomas could be identified clearly in the color-coded perfusion maps. Perfusion, permeability, and blood volume values were significant lower in pancreatic carcinomas compared to healthy pancreatic tissue (0.27 ± 0.20 vs 0.89 ± 0.19 min, P < 0.0001; 0.43 ± 0.20 vs 0.75 ± 0.16 × 0.5 min, P < 0.0001; and 38.9 ± 20.7 vs 117.8 ± 46.9 mL/100 mL, P < 0.0001).
CONCLUSIONComputed tomographic perfusion of the pancreas using a 2-compartment perfusion model is feasible. Color-coded perfusion maps could be a helpful tool to delineate pancreatic carcinomas even if they are not visible in contrast-enhanced CT.
Journal of computer assisted tomography 36:2 pg 237-42
Radiographic Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Pub Type(s)Journal Article