A multi-centre, web-accessible and quality control-checked database of in vivo MR spectra of brain tumour patients

Margarida Julià-Sapé, Dionisio Acosta, Mariola Mier, Carles Arùs, Des Watson

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Abstract

Objective: To describe an Internet-accessible database that contains validated in vivo MR spectra and clinical data of brain tumour patients. Materials and methods: All data from patients entering the INTERPRET project (International Network for Pattern Recognition of Tumours Using Magnetic Resonance, 〈http:// azizu.uab.es/INTERPRET〉) were stored in a web-accessible database (iDB) and selected using its query functionality. Criteria for selection were that the case had a single voxel (SV) short-echo (20-32 ms) 1.5 T spectrum acquired from a nodular region of the tumour, that the voxel had been positioned in the same region as where subsequent biopsy was obtained, that the short-echo spectrum had not been discarded because of acquisition artefacts or other reasons, and that a histopathological diagnosis was agreed among a committee of neuropathologists. When the spectra were obtained from normal volunteers or were of abscesses or clinically proven metastases, biopsy was not required. Results: A subset of 304 cases (22 normal volunteers and 282 tumour patients) was obtained. These cases were migrated to another similar database (validated-DB). Conclusion: The validated-DB complies with ethics regulations and represents the population studied. It is accessible by neuroradiologists willing to use information provided by MRS to help in the non-invasive diagnosis of brain tumours. © ESMRMB 2006.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-33
JournalMagnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006

Keywords

  • Cancer
  • Confidentiality
  • Decision-support systems (DSS)
  • Neurology

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