Combining multi-site magnetic resonance imaging with machine learning predicts survival in pediatric brain tumors


Brain tumors represent the highest cause of mortality in the pediatric oncological population. Diagnosis is commonly performed with magnetic resonance imaging. Survival biomarkers are challenging to identify due to the relatively low numbers of individual tumor types. 69 children with biopsy-confirmed brain tumors were recruited into this study. All participants had perfusion and diffusion weighted imaging performed at diagnosis. Imaging data were processed using conventional methods, and a Bayesian survival analysis performed. Unsupervised and supervised machine learning were performed with the survival features, to determine novel sub-groups related to survival. Sub-group analysis was undertaken to understand differences in imaging features. Survival analysis showed that a combination of diffusion and perfusion imaging were able to determine two novel sub-groups of brain tumors with different survival characteristics (p < 0.01), which were subsequently classified with high accuracy (98%) by a neural network. Analysis of high-grade tumors showed a marked difference in survival (p = 0.029) between the two clusters with high risk and low risk imaging features. This study has developed a novel model of survival for pediatric brain tumors. Tumor perfusion plays a key role in determining survival and should be considered as a high priority for future imaging protocols.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences > Aston Institute of Health & Neurodevelopment (AIHN)
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Publication ISSN: 2045-2322
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2024 07:21
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2021 08:05
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Published Date: 2021-09-23
Accepted Date: 2021-07-27
Submitted Date: 2021-01-04
Authors: Grist, James T.
Withey, Stephanie
Bennett, Christopher
Rose, Heather E. L.
MacPherson, Lesley
Oates, Adam
Powell, Stephen
Novak, Jan (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-5173-3608)
Abernethy, Laurence
Pizer, Barry
Bailey, Simon
Clifford, Steven C.
Mitra, Dipayan
Arvanitis, Theodoros N.
Auer, Dorothee P.
Avula, Shivaram
Grundy, Richard
Peet, Andrew C.



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