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OBJECTIVES: ASL is useful in evaluating tumour blood flow and in detecting hypervascular tumours. The purpose of this study was to assess the additive value of ASL to non-contrast and contrast-enhanced (NC/CE)-T1WI for diagnosing residual or recurrent meningiomas. METHODS: This retrospective study included 25 postoperative patients (20 women, 5 men; median age, 65 [32-85] years) with and 25 gender- and age-matched postoperative patients without residual or recurrent meningiomas. ASL was performed using a pseudocontinuous method. Seven independent observers (two radiology residents, two general radiologists and three neuroradiologists) participated in two reading sessions consisting of only NC/CE-T1WI (first session) or NC/CE-T1WI with ASL (second session). We evaluated the sensitivity and diagnostic performance for the detection of residual or recurrent meningiomas. The diagnostic performance was assessed using a figure of merit (FOM) calculated via jackknife free-response receiver-operating characteristics. Statistical analysis was performed with paired t tests, with a significance level of p < .05. RESULTS: The sensitivities were as follows (NC/CE-T1WI vs. NC/CE-T1WI with ASL): residents (62.1% vs. 70.7%), general radiologists (75.9% vs. 87.9%), neuroradiologists (97.7% vs. 100%) and all observers (81.3% vs. 88.2%). The FOMs were as follows (NC/CE-T1WI vs. NC/CE-T1WI with ASL): residents (0.76 vs. 0.83), general radiologists (0.83 vs. 0.93), neuroradiologists (0.95 vs. 0.99) and all observers (0.86 vs. 0.93). The addition of ASL significantly improved the diagnostic parameters for all observers except neuroradiologists (p <. 05). CONCLUSIONS: ASL improved the detection rate of residual or recurrent meningiomas on NC/CE-T1WI among both radiology residents and general radiologists. KEY POINTS: • ASL improved diagnostic performance for residual/recurrent meningioma compare to NC/CE-T1WI alone. • Diagnostic sensitivity was increased after adding ASL compared with NC/CE-T1WI. • FOM was increased after adding ASL compared with NC/CE-T1WI.

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Journal article


Eur Radiol

Publication Date





4334 - 4342


Cancer early detection, Local neoplasm recurrence, Meningioma, Perfusion-weighted MRI, Residual tumour, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Arteries, Contrast Media, Female, Humans, Magnetic Resonance Angiography, Male, Meningeal Neoplasms, Meningioma, Middle Aged, Neoplasm Recurrence, Local, ROC Curve, Retrospective Studies, Spin Labels