3D Ultrasound versus Computed Tomography for Tumor Volume Measurement Compared to Gross Pathology-A Pilot Study on an Animal Model

Abstract

The margin of the removed tumor in cancer surgery has an important influence on survival. Adjuvant treatments, prognostic complications, and financial costs are required when the pathologist observes a close/positive surgical margin. Ex vivo imaging of resected cancer tissue has been suggested for margin assessment, but traditional cross-sectional imaging is not optimal in a surgical setting. Instead, three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound is a portable, high-resolution, and low-cost method to use in the operation room. In this study, we aimed to investigate the accuracy of 3D ultrasound versus computed tomography (CT) to measure the tumor volume in an animal model compared to gross pathology assessment. The specimen was formalin fixated before systematic slicing. A slice-by-slice area measurement was performed to compare the accuracy of the 3D ultrasound and CT techniques. The tumor volume measured by pathological assessment was 980.2 mm3. The measured volume using CT was 890.4 ± 90 mm3, and the volume using 3D ultrasound was 924.2 ± 96 mm3. The correlation coefficient for CT was 0.91 and that for 3D ultrasound was 0.96. Three-dimensional ultrasound is a feasible and accurate modality to measure the tumor volume in an animal model. The accuracy of tumor delineation on CT depends on the soft tissue contrast.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of imaging
Vol/bind8
Udgave nummer12
ISSN2313-433X
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 19 dec. 2022

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