MHI co-authors paper on novel use of MRI for brain tumor identification
The Military Health Institute’s Assistant Deputy Director, Dr. Jeremy Nelson, is a co-author on a recent paper published in Scientific Reports using machine learning to describe brain tumors in humans using MRI. To read the full paper go here.
We propose a statistical multiscale mapping approach to identify microscopic and molecular heterogeneity across a tumor microenvironment using multiparametric MR (mp-MR). Twenty-nine patients underwent pre-surgical mp-MR followed by MR-guided stereotactic core biopsy. The locations of the biopsy cores were identified in the pre-surgical images using stereotactic bitmaps acquired during surgery. Feature matrices mapped the multiparametric voxel values in the vicinity of the biopsy cores to the pathologic outcome variables for each patient and logistic regression tested the individual and collective predictive power of the MR contrasts. A non-parametric weighted k-nearest neighbor classifier evaluated the feature matrices in a leave-one-out cross validation design across patients. Resulting class membership probabilities were converted to chi-square statistics to develop full-brain parametric maps, implementing Gaussian random field theory to estimate inter-voxel dependencies. Corrections for family-wise error rates were performed using Benjamini-Hochberg and random field theory, and the resulting accuracies were compared. The combination of all five image contrasts correlated with outcome (P < 10−4) for all four microscopic variables. The probabilistic mapping method using Benjamini-Hochberg generated statistically significant results (α ≤ 0.05) for three of the four dependent variables: (1) IDH1, (2) MGMT, and (3) microvascular proliferation, with an average classification accuracy of 0.984 ± 0.02 and an average classification sensitivity of 1.567% ± 0.967. The images corrected by random field theory demonstrated improved classification accuracy (0.989 ± 0.008) and classification sensitivity (5.967% ± 2.857) compared with Benjamini-Hochberg. Microscopic and molecular tumor properties can be assessed with statistical confidence across the brain from minimally-invasive, mp-MR.