Correlation of post-contrast T1-weighted MRI surface regularity, tumor bulk, and necrotic volume with Ki67 and p53 in glioblastomas

Adam Hasse, Mark Dapash, Yong Jeong, Sameer A. Ansari, Timothy J. Carroll, Maciej Lesniak, Daniel Thomas Ginat*

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Purpose: p53 and Ki67 status can be relevant to the management of glioblastoma. The goal of this study is to determine whether tumor morphology and bulk depicted on MRI correlate with p53 and Ki67 in glioblastoma. Methods: A retrospective review of 223 patients with glioblastoma and corresponding p53 or Ki67 status, along with T1-weighted post-contrast MR images was performed. Enhancing tumors were outlined for determining surface regularity, tumor bulk, and necrotic volume. The median value of 0.1 was chosen for p53 and 0.2 for Ki67 to separate each data set into two classes. T tests and receiver operating characteristic analysis were performed to determine the separation of the classes and the predicting power of each feature. Results: There were significant differences between tumor surface regularity (p = 0.01) and necrotic volume (p = 0.0429) according to Ki67 levels, although neither had statistically significant predictive power (AUC = 0.697, p = 0.0506 and AUC = 0.577, p = 0.164, respectively). There were also significant differences between tumor bulk (p = 0.0239) and necrotic volume (p = 0.0200) according to p53 levels, but again no significant predictive power was found using ROC analysis (AUC = 0.5882, p = 0.0894 and AUC = 0.567, p = 0.155, respectively). Conclusion: Quantitative morphological tumor characteristics on post-contrast T1-weighted MRI can to a certain degree provide insights regarding Ki67 and p53 status in patients with glioblastoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)861-867
Number of pages7
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019


  • Glioblastoma
  • Ki67
  • Necrotic volume
  • Surface regularity
  • Tumor bulk
  • p53

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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