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Journal of Medical Imaging

Assessing the accuracy and reproducibility of modality independent elastography in a murine model of breast cancer
Author(s): Jared A. Weis; Katelyn M. Flint; Violeta Sanchez; Thomas E. Yankeelov; Michael I. Miga
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Paper Abstract

Cancer progression has been linked to mechanics. Therefore, there has been recent interest in developing noninvasive imaging tools for cancer assessment that are sensitive to changes in tissue mechanical properties. We have developed one such method, modality independent elastography (MIE), that estimates the relative elastic properties of tissue by fitting anatomical image volumes acquired before and after the application of compression to biomechanical models. The aim of this study was to assess the accuracy and reproducibility of the method using phantoms and a murine breast cancer model. Magnetic resonance imaging data were acquired, and the MIE method was used to estimate relative volumetric stiffness. Accuracy was assessed using phantom data by comparing to gold-standard mechanical testing of elasticity ratios. Validation error was <12%. Reproducibility analysis was performed on animal data, and within-subject coefficients of variation ranged from 2 to 13% at the bulk level and 32% at the voxel level. To our knowledge, this is the first study to assess the reproducibility of an elasticity imaging metric in a preclinical cancer model. Our results suggest that the MIE method can reproducibly generate accurate estimates of the relative mechanical stiffness and provide guidance on the degree of change needed in order to declare biological changes rather than experimental error in future therapeutic studies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 July 2015
PDF: 11 pages
J. Med. Imag. 2(3) 036001 doi: 10.1117/1.JMI.2.3.036001
Published in: Journal of Medical Imaging Volume 2, Issue 3
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Jared A. Weis, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Katelyn M. Flint, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Violeta Sanchez, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Thomas E. Yankeelov, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Michael I. Miga, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)

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