Pretreatment evaluation of microcirculation by dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging predicts survival in primary rectal cancer patients.

@article{Devries2014PretreatmentEO,
  title={Pretreatment evaluation of microcirculation by dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging predicts survival in primary rectal cancer patients.},
  author={Alexander Devries and Gudrun Piringer and Christian Kremser and Werner Judmaier and Christoph Hubert Saely and Peter Lukas and Dietmar Oefner},
  journal={International journal of radiation oncology, biology, physics},
  year={2014},
  volume={90 5},
  pages={1161-7}
}
PURPOSE To investigate the prognostic value of the perfusion index (PI), a microcirculatory parameter estimated from dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI), which integrates information on both flow and permeability, to predict overall survival and disease-free survival in patients with primary rectal cancer. METHODS AND MATERIALS A total of 83 patients with stage cT3 rectal cancer requiring neoadjuvant chemoradiation were investigated with DCE-MRI before start of… CONTINUE READING