Differential diagnosis of oligodendroglial and astrocytic tumors using imaging results: the added value of perfusion MR imaging

Neuroradiology. 2017 Jul;59(7):665-675. doi: 10.1007/s00234-017-1851-x. Epub 2017 May 26.


Purpose: The purposes of the present study are to assess whether different characteristics of oligodendrogliomas and astrocytic tumors are visible on MR imaging and to determine the added value of perfusion imaging in conventional MR imaging when differentiating oligodendrogliomas from astrocytic tumors.

Methods: We retrospectively studied 22 oligodendroglioma and 54 astrocytic tumor patients, including glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The morphological tumor characteristics were evaluated using MR imaging. The rCBV, K trans, and V e values were recorded. All imaging and clinical values were compared. The ability to discriminate between the two entities was evaluated using receiver operating characteristic curve analyses. Separate comparison analysis between oligodendroglioma and astrocytic tumors excluding GBM was also performed.

Results: The presence of calcification, higher cortex involvement ratio, and lower V e value were more representative of oligodendrogliomas than astrocytic tumors (P = <0.001, 0.038, and <0.001, respectively). The area under the curve (AUC) value of a combination of calcification and cortex involvement ratio was 0.796. The combination of all three parameters, including V e, further increased the diagnostic performance (AUC = 0.881). Comparison test of the two AUC areas revealed significant difference (P = 0.0474). The presence of calcification and higher cortex involvement ratio were the only findings suggestive of oligodendrogliomas than astrocytic tumors with exclusion of GBMs (P = 0.014 and <0.001, respectively).

Conclusion: Cortex involvement ratio and the presence of calcification with V e values were diagnostically accurate in identifying oligodendrogliomas. The V e value calculated from dynamic contrast-enhanced MR imaging could be a supportive tool for differentiating between oligodendrogliomas and astrocytic tumors including GBMs.

Keywords: Dynamic contrast-enhanced MR imaging; K trans; Magnetic resonance imaging; Oligodendroglioma; V e.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Astrocytoma / diagnostic imaging*
  • Astrocytoma / pathology
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Brain Neoplasms / pathology
  • Contrast Media
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Glioblastoma / diagnostic imaging*
  • Glioblastoma / pathology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oligodendroglioma / diagnostic imaging*
  • Oligodendroglioma / pathology
  • Retrospective Studies


  • Contrast Media