Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences




Background/aim: Dynamic contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) can in vivo characterize tumor microvascular environment. The aim of the present study was to reveal the DCE-MRI findings and to determine the correlation between these findings and immunohistochemical data in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Materials and methods: Thirty-three patients diagnosed with primary HNSCC were evaluated retrospectively. DCE-MRI was conducted in all cases. CD34, CD105, and ki-67 expressions were analyzed with immunohistochemistry in tissue sections to determine micro-vessel density and proliferative activity. Results: The DCE-MRI is a successful technique in distinguishing tumor tissue from normal tissue. It was determined that Ve, Ktrans, and ki-67 values were significantly higher in high-stage tumors and there were positive correlations between the Ktrans value (by standard ROI) and CD34 MVDmax and CD34 MVDmean values. No statistically significant correlation was determined between other parameters in DCE-MRI and immunohistochemical data, and T stage. Conclusion: DCE-MRI could successfully differentiate tumor tissue in HNSCC. Furthermore, it was observed that DCE-MRI had the potential to reveal certain immunohistochemical information in vivo.


Head and neck region, squamous cell carcinoma, magnetic resonance imaging, dynamic contrast enhancement, immunohistochemical data

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