Diagnostic Accuracy of Multiparametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Differentiation Between Parotid Neoplasms.


Departments of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Mansoura University, Dakahlia, Egypt. Electronic address: [Email]


OBJECTIVE : This study was designed to evaluate the role of multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for differentiation of parotid gland neoplasms.
METHODS : Prospective study was conducted upon 52 consecutive patients (30 men, 22 women; aged 24-78 years; mean, 51 years) with parotid tumours that underwent multiparametric MRI using combined static MRI, dynamic contrast enhanced (DCE) MRI, and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI). The static MRI parameter, time signal intensity curves (TIC) derived from DCE-MRI, and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values of parotid tumours were correlated with histopathological findings.
RESULTS : Static MRI revealed a significant difference between both benign and malignant lesions in regards to margin definition (P < .001) and T2 hypointensity (P < .013), with a diagnostic accuracy 95% and 78.33% respectively. Study of the TIC type on DCE-MRI revealed statistically significant difference between benign and malignant lesions (P < .001) and diagnostic accuracy 96.55%. There was no statistically significant difference (P = .181) between the ADC values of benign and malignant lesions. ROC curve analysis revealed that by using ADC cut-off value of 1 × 10-3 mm2/s had accuracy of 84.62% respectively for differentiating Warthin from malignant tumours that could be modified to higher value (94.28%) by excluding lymphoma from malignant lesions. By using cutoff value of 1.3 × 10-3 mm2/s to differentiate pleomorphic adenoma from malignancy, ROC curve analysis had high accuracy of 97.06%.
CONCLUSIONS : Multiparametric MRI can be used for differentiation of malignant from benign parotid tumours and characterization of some benign parotid tumours.


Diffusion-weighted imaging,Dynamic contrast enhancement,Magnetic resonance imaging,Multiparametric,Parotid,

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