Preoperative diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging and intraoperative frozen sections for predicting the tumor grade in endometrioid endometrial cancer.

Research paper by Tomohito T Tanaka, Yoshito Y Terai, Satoe S Fujiwara, Yoshimichi Y Tanaka, Hiroshi H Sasaki, Satoshi S Tsunetoh, Kazuhiro K Yamamoto, Takashi T Yamada, Yoshifumi Y Narumi, Masahide M Ohmichi

Indexed on: 20 Dec '18Published on: 20 Dec '18Published in: Oncotarget


The histological tumor grade is a strong predictor of nodal metastasis in endometrial cancer; as such, an accurate pre- or intraoperative diagnosis is important for performing lymphadenectomy. Ninety-one patients with endometrioid endometrial cancer were imaged on DW-MRI with the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) calculated and a frozen section (FS) diagnosis made before and at hysterectomy. The diagnostic accuracy for predicting the tumor grade for diffusion weighted magnetic resonance inaging (DW-MRI) and the FS diagnosis compared to the ultimate histologic status was analyzed. Among 91 patients with endometrioid endometrial cancer, high-grade (endometrioid G3) tumors had lower ADC values than low-grade (endometrioid G1/2) tumors. The cut-off of the mean ADC values for predicting high-grade tumors resulted in 743×10 mm/sec according to the receiver operating characteristic curve. The true positive rates of ADC values and FSs for the prediction of high-grade tumors did not differ to a statistically significant extent (73.3% vs. 66.7%, p=0.7), however, the true negative rate of ADC values for the prediction of low-grade tumors was significantly lower than that of the FSs (64.5% vs. 98.7%, p=0.01). The kappa statistics of ADC values and FSs were 0.23 and 0.73, respectively. Of note, all five patients with high-grade tumors for whom intraoperative FSs indicated low-grade tumors were predicted to have high-grade tumors on preoperative DW-MRI. A FS diagnosis is more suitable for predicting high-grade tumors than DW-MRI; however, physicians should pay close attention to tumors with low ADC values on preoperative DW-MRI.