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Abstract #3410

Discrepant FA reduction between the frontal and parietal lobes of post irradiation medulloblastoma survivors: preliminary findings of regional susceptibility?

Chan G, Khong P, Cao G, Kwong D, Leung L, Qiu D
The University of Hong Kong

In this study of 16 medulloblastoma survivors and corresponding age-matched control subjects, we tested the hypothesis that fractional anisotropy (FA) in the frontal lobe is more severely reduced than the parietal lobe after whole brain irradiation. Quantitative measurement of regional mean FA was performed using automatically generated masks. We found significant FA reduction in the frontal lobe, but not parietal lobe, in the medulloblastoma survivors compared to controls. Although more severe FA reduction in the frontal lobe was found, this difference did not achieve statistical significance. However, a trend of regional susceptibility of the frontal lobe to radiation was suggested.