Comparison between 1 T MRI and non-MRI based volumetry in inoculated tumours in mice.
Cornelissen B., Kersemans V., Jans L., Staelens L., Oltenfreiter R., Thonissen T., Achten E., Slegers G.
Tumour volume is an important therapeutic endpoint for mouse tumour models in the evaluation of new chemotherapeutic drugs and in pre-clinical evaluation of new radioimmunotherapy pharmaceuticals. In this study, two 1 T MRI-based methods both using T1-T2 hybrid weighting, a manual method (determination of the area per slice) and a semi-automated method (using thresholding), are compared with two classical methods, the abovementioned calliper method and volumetry by water displacement after dissection of the tumour. Interoperator and intraoperator differences for both MRI-based methods were good (no differences p<0.05 using a repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA) test). Correlation between the different methods was excellent. No significant differences were obtained (p<0.05), except for the semi-automated method, because it automatically excludes necrotic regions from the tumour. Therefore, we conclude that both manual and semi-automated tumour volumetry in subcutaneous tumour bearing athymic mice by low-field MRI are accurate and reliable methods. The semi-automated method is especially useful for larger tumour volumes, since it accounts for necrotic areas within the tumour.