Is There a Direct Correlation Between Microvascular Wall Structure and k-Trans Values Obtained From Perfusion CT Measurements in Lymphomas?

Marius Horger, Petra Fallier-Becker, Wolfgang M. Thaiss, Alexander Sauter, Hans Bösmüller, Manuela Martella, Heike Preibsch, Jan Fritz, Konstantin Nikolaou, Christopher Kloth

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Rationale and Objectives: This study aimed to test the hypothesis that ultrastructural wall abnormalities of lymphoma vessels correlate with perfusion computed tomography (PCT) kinetics. Materials and Methods: Our local institutional review board approved this prospective study. Between February 2013 and June 2016, we included 23 consecutive subjects with newly diagnosed lymphoma, who were referred for computed tomography-guided biopsy (6 women, 17 men; mean age, 60.61 ± 12.43 years; range, 28–74 years) and additionally agreed to undergo PCT of the target lymphoma tissues. PCT was obtained for 40 seconds using 80 kV, 120 mAs, 64 × 0.6-mm collimation, 6.9-cm z-axis coverage, and 26 volume measurements. Mean and maximum k-trans (mL/100 mL/min), blood flow (BF; mL/100 mL/min) and blood volume (BV) were quantified using the deconvolution and the maximum slope + Patlak calculation models. Immunohistochemical staining was performed for microvessel density quantification (vessels/m2), and electron microscopy was used to determine the presence or absence of tight junctions, endothelial fenestration, basement membrane, and pericytes, and to measure extracellular matrix thickness. Results: Extracellular matrix thickness as well as the presence or absence of tight junctions, basal lamina, and pericytes did not correlate with computed tomography perfusion parameters. Endothelial fenestrations correlated significantly with mean BFdeconvolution (P =.047, r = 0.418) and additionally was significantly associated with higher mean BVdeconvolution (P <.005). Mean k-transPatlak correlated strongly with mean k-transdeconvolution (r = 0.939, P =.001), and both correlated with mean BFdeconvolution (P =.001, r = 0.748), max BFdeconvolution (P =.028, r = 0.564), mean BVdeconvolution (P =.001, r = 0.752), and max BVdeconvolution (P =.001, r = 0.771). Microvessel density correlated with max k-transdeconvolution (r = 0.564, P =.023). Vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-3 expression (receptor specific for lymphatics) correlated significantly with max k-transPatlak (P =.041, r = 0.686) and mean BFdeconvolution (P =.038, r = 0.695). Conclusion: k-Trans values of PCT do not correlate with ultrastructural microvessel features, whereas endothelial fenestrations correlate with increased intra-tumoral BVs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAcademic Radiology
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • endothelial fenestrations
  • Immunohistochemical staining
  • lymphoma
  • Perfusion CT
  • ultrastructural microvessel features

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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