Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci 2021; 25 (4): 1936-1943

DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202102_25093

Differential diagnosis between acinic cell carcinoma and pleomorphic adenoma using the quantitative parameters of contrast-enhanced ultrasound

J.-M. Guo, Q. Chen, H. Wu, L.-T. Feng, J. Chen, W.-B. Chao

Department of Ultrasound Diagnosis, The Sixth People’s Hospital of Chengdu, Chengdu, Sichuan, P.R. China. Chenqin630528@sina.com


OBJECTIVE: To investigate the value of differential diagnosis between acinic cell carcinoma (ACC) and pleomorphic adenoma (PA) using the quantitative parameters of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS).

PATIENTS AND METHODS: Twenty-two ACC and 98 PA were retrospectively analyzed. These patients had been examined via routine pre-surgical two-dimensional ultrasound and CEUS. The examination results were confirmed by biopsy pathology. Qontrast 4.0 imaging analysis software was applied to obtain the maximum intensity (PEAK), time to peak (TTP), regional blood volume (RBV), regional blood flow (RBF), maximum signal intensity (SImax) and mean signal intensity (SImean) through quantitative analysis. The differences between ACC and PA were compared regarding the conventional ultrasound images and the quantitative parameters of CEUS. ROC curves were drawn to evaluate the diagnostic value of these parameters.

RESULTS: There were no statistically significant differences between salivary gland ACC and PA in the manifestations of conventional two-dimensional ultrasound examination regarding morphology, internal echo and the boundary (p > 0.05). However, there were significant differences in PEAK, RBV, RBF, SImax and SImean between ACC and PA (p < 0.05). Additionally, the five quantitative parameters of CEUS were all highly accurate diagnostic indicators. The maximum area under the curve of each parameter was 0.888, sensitivity 72.6%, specificity 90.9% and accuracy 81.8%.

CONCLUSIONS: The quantitative parameters of CEUS are helpful for differentially diagnosing salivary ACC and PA.

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J.-M. Guo, Q. Chen, H. Wu, L.-T. Feng, J. Chen, W.-B. Chao
Differential diagnosis between acinic cell carcinoma and pleomorphic adenoma using the quantitative parameters of contrast-enhanced ultrasound

Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Year: 2021
Vol. 25 - N. 4
Pages: 1936-1943
DOI: 10.26355/eurrev_202102_25093