Differentiation of Glioblastoma and Brain Metastases by MRI-Based Oxygen Metabolomic Radiomics and Deep Learning

Andreas Stadlbauer, Gertraud Heinz, Franz Marhold, Anke Meyer-Bäse, Oliver Ganslandt, Michael Buchfelder, Stefan Oberndorfer

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Glioblastoma (GB) and brain metastasis (BM) are the most frequent types of brain tumors in adults. Their therapeutic management is quite different and a quick and reliable initial characterization has a significant impact on clinical outcomes. However, the differentiation of GB and BM remains a major challenge in today's clinical neurooncology due to their very similar appearance in conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Novel metabolic neuroimaging has proven useful for improving diagnostic performance but requires artificial intelligence for implementation in clinical routines. Here; we investigated whether the combination of radiomic features from MR-based oxygen metabolism ("oxygen metabolic radiomics") and deep convolutional neural networks (CNNs) can support reliably pre-therapeutic differentiation of GB and BM in a clinical setting. A self-developed one-dimensional CNN combined with radiomic features from the cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO 2) was clearly superior to human reading in all parameters for classification performance. The radiomic features for tissue oxygen saturation (mitoPO 2; i.e., tissue hypoxia) also showed better diagnostic performance compared to the radiologists. Interestingly, both the mean and median values for quantitative CMRO 2 and mitoPO 2 values did not differ significantly between GB and BM. This demonstrates that the combination of radiomic features and DL algorithms is more efficient for class differentiation than the comparison of mean or median values. Oxygen metabolic radiomics and deep neural networks provide insights into brain tumor phenotype that may have important diagnostic implications and helpful in clinical routine diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1264
Pages (from-to)1264
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2022


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