Hai-Ling Margaret Cheng1,2
1Research Institute & Diagnostic
Imaging, The Hospital for Sick Children,
Non-model DCE-MRI parameters such as the initial area under the uptake curve (IAUC) do not require arterial input function (AIF) measurement or model-fitting, and can hence be more robust than pharmacokinetic modeling. However, the IAUC is intractably correlated with biological parameters such as the transfer constant Ktrans and interstitial space ve. Herein, a modified IAUC (mIAUC) method is presented. The mIAUC parameters are strongly correlated with true Ktrans and ve, and are outperformed by pharmacokinetic parameters only when a rapidly sampled AIF is used. The proposed mIAUC method retains advantages of non-model DCE-MRI while providing stronger correlation with underlying physiology.