Purpose:

This study focused on accurate quantification of a maximum of Choline-to-Creatine ratio (Max (Cho/Cr)) in 10 Osteosarcoma patients, in comparison with 5 healthy volunteers as our control group using proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Imaging (1H-MRSI).

Materials and Methods:

Max (Cho/Cr) were obtained in 10 patients with Osteosarcoma over their corresponding ratio maps containing diseased tissue, to be compared with Cho/Cr in 5 healthy volunteers at 3T, employing MRSI (Performed Employing Pointed-resolved Spectroscopy (PRESS), TR/TE: 2500s/135 ms) with water-suppression. An extra unsuppressed water Single-Voxel Spectroscopy (SVS) was acquired to provide phase information for further Eddy Current Correction (ECC). Multi-stage preprocessing was applied. Subtract QUEST MRSI as a timedomain technique was employed to accurately quantify the metabolites’ ratios and to estimate the baseline.

Results:

An optimal database for Subtract QUEST was achieved based on multiple trials evaluated by acceptable peak-fitting and Cramer-Rao-Bound (CRB). Lipids at frequencies of 0. 94 and 1. 33ppm were combined to increase the accuracy of the Lipid estimation.

Conclusion:

Estimation of Max (Cho/Cr) evaluated over Cho/Cr spatial maps to distinguish Osteosarcoma patients from normal subjects suggested that the proposed quantification method leads to high power and linear classifier with a high degree of reproducibility, considering 1H-MRSI at 3T machine as a high efficacy diagnostic tool for musculoskeletal radiology.

Keywords:

Quantification, Choline-to-Creatine, Biomarker, Osteosarcoma, Spectroscopy
Authors:

Alavijeh Shaghayegh Karimi, Fakhereh Pashaei, Mahrooz Malek, RAD HAMIDREZA SALIGHEH
Journal:

Frontiers in Biomedical Technologies
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