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      Quantitative Pretreatment CT Parameters as Predictors of Tumor Response of Neuroendocrine Tumor Liver Metastasis to Transcatheter Arterial Bland Embolization

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          Purpose: To assess whether parameters on preprocedural CT can be utilized to predict the response of NETLM to transcatheter arterial bland embolization (TAE). Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 135 target lesions from 48 NETLM patients who underwent TAE and with complete preprocedural multiphasic CT. Parameters on preprocedural CT including the longest diameter, mean attenuation value in nonenhanced, arterial, and portal-venous phases were collected from each target lesion. Radiological responses were assessed according to RECIST 1.1. The parameters of responder lesions and nonresponder lesions were compared. Arterial enhancement index (AEI) and portal-venous enhancement index (PEI) were calculated. The predictive function of AEI and PEI on tumor response was analyzed by receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve. Results: A total of 72.6% target lesions had a partial response. For patients, the objective response rate was 72.9%. Mean attenuation values of responder lesions were significantly higher than nonresponder lesions in both arterial and portal-venous phases (105.36 ± 37.24 vs. 76.01 ± 19.19, p < 0.001; 96.61 ± 24.04 vs. 82.12 ± 21.37, p = 0.002). ROC curve showed that both AEI and PEI were effective in predicting tumor response (area under the curve [AUC] 0.757, p < 0.001; AUC 0.655, p = 0.005). Conclusion: AEI and PEI, parameters from evaluation of CT pretreatment attenuation of NETLMs, could predict response to TAE treatment.

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                S. Karger AG
                July 2020
                22 October 2019
                : 110
                : 7-8
                : 697-704
                aDepartment of Interventional Oncology, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
                bDepartment of Gastroenterology, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
                cDepartment of Medical Ultrasonics, The Sixth Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
                dDepartment of Interventional Therapy, Cancer Center, Guangdong Provincial People’s Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, China
                eDepartment of Interventional Radiology, General Hospital of Yongmei Group, Yongcheng, China
                Author notes
                *Yu Wang, Department of Interventional Oncology, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, No. 58 Zhongshan 2nd Road, Yuexiu, Guangzhou 510080 (China), E-Mail wyfishking@hotmail.com, , Jie Chen, Department of Gastroenterology, The First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, No. 58 Zhongshan 2nd Road, Yuexiu, Guangzhou 510080 (China), E-Mail chen0jie@hotmail.com
                504257 Neuroendocrinology 2020;110:697–704
                © 2019 S. Karger AG, Basel

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