J Cancer 2018; 9(5):834-840. doi:10.7150/jca.23283

Research Paper

Discrimination between malignant and benign mass-like lesions from breast dynamic contrast enhanced MRI: semi-automatic vs. manual analysis of the signal time-intensity curves

Jiandong Yin1✉, Jiawen Yang1, Zejun Jiang2

1. Department of Radiology, Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University
2. Sino-Dutch Biomedical and Information Engineering School of Northeastern University

Abstract

Purpose: To investigate the performance of a new semi-automatic method for analyzing the signal time-intensity curve (TIC) obtained by breast dynamic contrast enhancement (DCE)-MRI.

Methods: In the conventional method, a circular region of interest was drawn manually onto the map reflecting the maximum slope of increase (MSI) to delineate the suspicious lesions. The mean TIC was determined subjectively as one of three different wash-out patterns. In the new method, the lesion area was identified semi-automatically. The mean TIC was categorized quantitatively. In addition to the MSI, other quantitative parameters were calculated, including the signal intensity slope (SIslope), initial percentage of enhancement (Einitial), percentage of peak enhancement (Epeak), early signal enhancement ratio (ESER), and second enhancement percentage (SEP). The performances were compared with receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis and Wilcoxon's test.

Results: For TIC categorization results, the diagnostic accuracy rates were 61.54% with the traditional manual method and 76.92% with the new method. For the mean MSI values from the manual method, the accuracy was 63.41%. For the mean TIC derived using the semi-automatic method, the diagnostic accuracy were 82.05% for SIslope, 67.31% for MSI, 61.53% for Einitial, 64.75% for Epeak, 64.74% for ESER, and 52.56% for SEP, respectively. For the lesion regions identified by the semi-automatic method, the diagnostic accuracy for above mentioned parameters were 80.13%, 69.87%, 61.54%, 63.47%, 64.74% and 55.13%, respectively.

Conclusion: With respect to the analysis of TIC from breast DCE-MRI, the results demonstrated that the new method increased the diagnostic accuracy, and should be considered as a supplementary tool for distinguishing benign and malignant lesions.

Keywords: manual method, semi-automatic method, breast lesion, quantitative parameter, time intensity curve

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How to cite this article:
Yin J, Yang J, Jiang Z. Discrimination between malignant and benign mass-like lesions from breast dynamic contrast enhanced MRI: semi-automatic vs. manual analysis of the signal time-intensity curves. J Cancer 2018; 9(5):834-840. doi:10.7150/jca.23283. Available from http://www.jcancer.org/v09p0834.htm