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Quantifying Post- Laser Ablation Prostate Therapy Changes on MRI via a Domain-Specific Biomechanical Model: Preliminary Findings.

Toth R, Sperling D, Madabhushi A - PLoS ONE (2016)

Bottom Line: It combines the aggressive benefits of radiation treatment (destroying cancer cells) without the harmful side effects (due to its precise localization).Our results suggest that our new methodology is able to capture and quantify the degree of laser-induced changes to the prostate.The quantitative measurements reflecting of the deformation changes can be used to track treatment response over time.

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Affiliation: Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, United States of America.

ABSTRACT
Focal laser ablation destroys cancerous cells via thermal destruction of tissue by a laser. Heat is absorbed, causing thermal necrosis of the target region. It combines the aggressive benefits of radiation treatment (destroying cancer cells) without the harmful side effects (due to its precise localization). MRI is typically used pre-treatment to determine the targeted area, and post-treatment to determine efficacy by detecting necrotic tissue, or tumor recurrence. However, no system exists to quantitatively evaluate the post-treatment effects on the morphology and structure via MRI. To quantify these changes, the pre- and post-treatment MR images must first be spatially aligned. The goal is to quantify (a) laser-induced shape-based changes, and (b) changes in MRI parameters post-treatment. The shape-based changes may be correlated with treatment efficacy, and the quantitative effects of laser treatment over time is currently poorly understood. This work attempts to model changes in gland morphology following laser treatment due to (1) patient alignment, (2) changes due to surrounding organs such as the bladder and rectum, and (3) changes due to the treatment itself. To isolate the treatment-induced shape-based changes, the changes from (1) and (2) are first modeled and removed using a finite element model (FEM). A FEM models the physical properties of tissue. The use of a physical biomechanical model is important since a stated goal of this work is to determine the physical shape-based changes to the prostate from the treatment, and therefore only physical real deformations are to be allowed. A second FEM is then used to isolate the physical, shape-based, treatment-induced changes. We applied and evaluated our model in capturing the laser induced changes to the prostate morphology on eight patients with 3.0 Tesla, T2-weighted MRI, acquired approximately six months following treatment. Our results suggest the laser treatment causes a decrease in prostate volume, which appears to manifest predominantly at the site of ablation. After spatially aligning the images, changes to MRI intensity values are clearly visible at the site of ablation. Our results suggest that our new methodology is able to capture and quantify the degree of laser-induced changes to the prostate. The quantitative measurements reflecting of the deformation changes can be used to track treatment response over time.

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The prostate volume across all eight patients both before and after treatment.The median change was a 5% decrease in volume following focal laser ablation treatment.
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pone.0150016.g004: The prostate volume across all eight patients both before and after treatment.The median change was a 5% decrease in volume following focal laser ablation treatment.

Mentions: Fig 4 shows the prostate volume before and after focal laser ablation treatment. The median pre-treatment volume was 51.0 ml and the median post-treatment volume was 47.7 ml, a decrease of 5.1%. Since the effects of patient positioning and nearby organ changes were removed prior to calculating the change in volume, this decrease suggests that the treatment itself caused a shrinking effect within the prostate.


Quantifying Post- Laser Ablation Prostate Therapy Changes on MRI via a Domain-Specific Biomechanical Model: Preliminary Findings.

Toth R, Sperling D, Madabhushi A - PLoS ONE (2016)

The prostate volume across all eight patients both before and after treatment.The median change was a 5% decrease in volume following focal laser ablation treatment.
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pone.0150016.g004: The prostate volume across all eight patients both before and after treatment.The median change was a 5% decrease in volume following focal laser ablation treatment.
Mentions: Fig 4 shows the prostate volume before and after focal laser ablation treatment. The median pre-treatment volume was 51.0 ml and the median post-treatment volume was 47.7 ml, a decrease of 5.1%. Since the effects of patient positioning and nearby organ changes were removed prior to calculating the change in volume, this decrease suggests that the treatment itself caused a shrinking effect within the prostate.

Bottom Line: It combines the aggressive benefits of radiation treatment (destroying cancer cells) without the harmful side effects (due to its precise localization).Our results suggest that our new methodology is able to capture and quantify the degree of laser-induced changes to the prostate.The quantitative measurements reflecting of the deformation changes can be used to track treatment response over time.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, United States of America.

ABSTRACT
Focal laser ablation destroys cancerous cells via thermal destruction of tissue by a laser. Heat is absorbed, causing thermal necrosis of the target region. It combines the aggressive benefits of radiation treatment (destroying cancer cells) without the harmful side effects (due to its precise localization). MRI is typically used pre-treatment to determine the targeted area, and post-treatment to determine efficacy by detecting necrotic tissue, or tumor recurrence. However, no system exists to quantitatively evaluate the post-treatment effects on the morphology and structure via MRI. To quantify these changes, the pre- and post-treatment MR images must first be spatially aligned. The goal is to quantify (a) laser-induced shape-based changes, and (b) changes in MRI parameters post-treatment. The shape-based changes may be correlated with treatment efficacy, and the quantitative effects of laser treatment over time is currently poorly understood. This work attempts to model changes in gland morphology following laser treatment due to (1) patient alignment, (2) changes due to surrounding organs such as the bladder and rectum, and (3) changes due to the treatment itself. To isolate the treatment-induced shape-based changes, the changes from (1) and (2) are first modeled and removed using a finite element model (FEM). A FEM models the physical properties of tissue. The use of a physical biomechanical model is important since a stated goal of this work is to determine the physical shape-based changes to the prostate from the treatment, and therefore only physical real deformations are to be allowed. A second FEM is then used to isolate the physical, shape-based, treatment-induced changes. We applied and evaluated our model in capturing the laser induced changes to the prostate morphology on eight patients with 3.0 Tesla, T2-weighted MRI, acquired approximately six months following treatment. Our results suggest the laser treatment causes a decrease in prostate volume, which appears to manifest predominantly at the site of ablation. After spatially aligning the images, changes to MRI intensity values are clearly visible at the site of ablation. Our results suggest that our new methodology is able to capture and quantify the degree of laser-induced changes to the prostate. The quantitative measurements reflecting of the deformation changes can be used to track treatment response over time.

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