M. Bologna, G. Calareso, C. Resteghini, S. Sdao, E. Montin, V. Corino, L. Mainardi, L. Licitra, P. Bossi

Relevance of apparent diffusion coefficient features for a radiomics‐based prediction of response to induction chemotherapy in sinonasal cancer

Analisi di Immagini Medicali e Diagnostica

In this paper, several radiomics‐based predictive models of response to induction chemotherapy (IC) in sinonasal cancers (SNCs) are built and tested. Models were built as a combination of radiomic features extracted from three types of MRI images: T1‐weighted images, T2‐weighted images and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps. Fifty patients (aged 54 ± 12 years, 41 men) were included in this study. Patients were classified according to their response to IC (25 responders and 25 nonresponders). Not all types of images were acquired for all of the patients: 49 had T1‐weighted images, 50 had T2‐weighted images and 34 had ADC maps. Only in a subset of 33 patients were all three types of image acquired.

Eighty‐nine radiomic features were extracted from the MRI images. Dimensionality reduction was performed by using principal component analysis (PCA) and by selecting only the three main components. Different algorithms (trees ensemble, K‐nearest neighbors, support vector machine, naïve Bayes) were used to classify the patients as either responders or nonresponders. Several radiomic models (either monomodality or multimodality obtained by a combination of T1‐weighted, T2‐weighted and ADC images) were developed and the performance was assessed through 100 iterations of train and test split. The area under the curve (AUC) of the models ranged from 0.56 to 0.78. Trees ensemble, support vector machine and naïve Bayes performed similarly, but in all cases ADC‐based models performed better. Trees ensemble gave the highest AUC (0.78 for the T1‐weighted+T2‐weighted+ADC model) and was used for further analyses. For trees ensemble, the models based on ADC features performed better than those models that did not use those features (P < 0.02 for one‐tail Hanley test, AUC range 0.68–0.78 vs 0.56–0.69) except the T1‐weighted+ADC model (AUC 0.71 vs 0.69, nonsignificant differences). The results suggest the relevance of ADC‐based radiomics for prediction of response to IC in SNCs.

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