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      Development and validation of a high-resolution T2WI-based radiomic signature for the diagnosis of lymph node status within the mesorectum in rectal cancer


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          The aim of this study was to explore the feasibility of a high-resolution T2-weighted imaging (HR-T2WI)-based radiomics prediction model for diagnosing metastatic lymph nodes (LNs) within the mesorectum in rectal cancer.


          A total of 604 LNs (306 metastatic and 298 non-metastatic) from 166 patients were obtained. All patients underwent HR-T2WI examination and total mesorectal excision (TME) surgery. Four kinds of segmentation methods were used to select region of interest (ROI), including method 1 along the border of LNs; method 2 along the expanded border of LNs with an additional 2–3 mm; method 3 covering the border of LNs only; and method 4, a circle region only within LNs. A total of 1,409 features were extracted for each method. Variance threshold method, Select K Best, and Lasso algorithm were used to reduce the dimension. All LNs were divided into training and test sets. Fivefold cross-validation was used to build the logistic model, which was evaluated by the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) with four indicators, including area under the curve (AUC), accuracy (ACC), sensitivity (SE), and specificity (SP). Three radiologists with different working experience in diagnosing rectal diseases assessed LN metastasis respectively. The diagnostic efficiencies with each of four segmentation methods and three radiologists were compared to each other.


          For the test set, the AUCs of four segmentation methods were 0.820, 0.799, 0.764, and 0.741; the ACCs were 0.725, 0.704, 0.709, and 0.670; the SEs were 0.756, 0.634, 0.700, and 0.589; and the SPs were 0.696, 0.772, 0.717, and 0.750, respectively. There was no statistically significant difference in AUC between the four methods ( p > 0.05). Method 1 had the highest values of AUC, ACC, and SE. For three radiologists, the overall diagnostic efficiency was moderate. The corresponding AUCs were 0.604, 0.634, and 0.671; the ACCs were 0.601, 0.632, and 0.667; the SEs were 0.366, 0.552, and 0.392; and the SPs were 0.842, 0.715, and 0.950, respectively.


          The proposed HR-T2WI-based radiomic signature exhibited a robust performance on predicting mesorectal LN status and could potentially be used for clinicians in order to determine the status of metastatic LNs in rectal cancer patients.

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                Front Oncol
                Front Oncol
                Front. Oncol.
                Frontiers in Oncology
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                16 September 2022
                : 12
                : 945559
                [1] 1 Department of Radiology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Shandong First Medical University , Jinan, China
                [2] 2 Department of Radiology, Central Hospital Affiliated to Shandong First Medical University , Jinan, China
                [3] 3 Department of Radiology, Shandong University , Jinan, China
                [4] 4 Department of Radiology, The Shandong First Medical University , Jinan, China
                [5] 5 Department of Radiology, Shandong Provincial ENT Hospital, Cheeloo College of Medicine, Shandong University , Jinan, China
                [6] 6 Marketing, Medical Technology Co., Ltd. , Beijing, China
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                Edited by: Lizhi Liu, Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center (SYSUCC), China

                Reviewed by: Xiaowei Han, Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital, China; Zixu Yuan, The Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University, China

                *Correspondence: Aiyin Li, 13953101875@ 123456139.com

                This article was submitted to Cancer Imaging and Image-directed Interventions, a section of the journal Frontiers in Oncology

                Copyright © 2022 Song, Li, Wu, Jia, Hong, He, Li, Zhang and Li

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

                : 27 May 2022
                : 23 August 2022
                Page count
                Figures: 8, Tables: 5, Equations: 0, References: 43, Pages: 17, Words: 6746
                Original Research

                Oncology & Radiotherapy
                magnetic resonance imaging,lymph node,radiomic signature,diagnostic imaging,rectal cancer


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