There are limited predictors of prognosis in patients with clinically non-functioning pituitary adenomas (NFPAs). We hypothesized that MRI texture analysis may predict tumor recurrence or progression in patients with NFPAs undergoing transsphenoidal pituitary surgery (TSS).
To characterize texture parameters on preoperative MRI examinations in patients with NFPAs in relation to prognosis.
Retrospective study of patients with NFPAs who underwent TSS at our institution between 2009 and 2010. Clinical, radiological and histopathological data were extracted from electronic medical records. MRI texture analysis was performed on coronal T1-weighted non-enhanced MR images using ImageJ (NIH). MRI texture parameters were used to predict tumor recurrence or progression. Both logistic regression and Cox proportional hazard analyses were conducted to adjust for potential confounders.
Data on 78 patients were analyzed. On both crude and multivariable-adjusted analyses, mean, median, mode, minimum and maximum pixel intensity were associated with the risk of pituitary tumor recurrence or progression after TSS. Patients whose tumor mean pixel intensity was above the median for the population had a hazard ratio of 0.44 (95% CI: 0.21–0.94, P = 0.034) for recurrence or progression in comparison with tumors below the median.
Our data suggest that MRI texture analysis can predict the risk of tumor recurrence or progression in patients with NFPAs.