The Role of Heterogeneity Analysis for Differential Diagnosis in Diffusion-Weighted Images of Meningioma Brain Tumors
Mojtaba Safari, Anahita Fathi Kazeroon, Maryam Babaie, Mahnaz Nabil, Mahsa Rostamie, Parvin Ghavami, Morteza Saneie Taheri, and Hamidreza Saligheh Rad
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Meningioma brain tumors constitute the majority of adult primary brain tumors, in which the role of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) is controversial. We hypothesize that analysis of the heterogeneity within a tumorous ecological region can reveal biological tissue properties, which could further assist decision making about the optimum patient-specific treatment strategy. In the present work, we propose an automated computer-aided diagnosis method for phenotyping meningioma brain tumors, based on features representing spatial heterogeneity in ADC-maps, with classification accuracy of 85.1%. In conclusion, it is demonstrated that heterogeneity of meningioma brain tumors can be a potential discriminating biomarker of tumor malignancy.
Heterogeneity, Diffusion-Weighted Images, Meningioma