Non Tumor Perfusion Changes Following Stereotactic Radiosurgery to Brain Metastases Academic Article uri icon

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  • PURPOSE: To evaluate early perfusion changes in normal tissue following stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). METHODS: Nineteen patients harboring twenty-two brain metastases treated with SRS were imaged with dynamic susceptibility magnetic resonance imaging (DSC MRI) at baseline, 1 week and 1 month post SRS. Relative cerebral blood volume and flow (rCBV and rCBF) ratios were evaluated outside of tumor within a combined region of interest (ROI) and separately within gray matter (GM) and white matter (WM) ROIs. Three-dimensional dose distribution from each SRS plan was divided into six regions: (1) <2 Gy; (2) 2-5 Gy; (3) 5-10 Gy; (4) 10-12 Gy; (5) 12-16 Gy; and (6) >16 Gy. rCBV and rCBF ratio differences between baseline, 1 week and 1 month were compared. Best linear fit plots quantified normal tissue dose-dependency. RESULTS: Significant rCBV ratio increases were present between baseline and 1 month for all ROIs and dose ranges except for WM ROI receiving <2 Gy. rCBV ratio for all ROIs was maximally increased from baseline to 1 month with the greatest changes occurring within the 5-10 Gy dose range (53.1%). rCBF ratio was maximally increased from baseline to 1 month for all ROIs within the 5-10 Gy dose range (33.9-45.0%). Both rCBV and rCBF ratios were most elevated within GM ROIs. A weak, positive but not significant association between dose, rCBV and rCBF ratio was demonstrated. Progressive rCBV and rCBF ratio increased with dose up to 10 Gy at 1 month. CONCLUSION: Normal tissue response following SRS can be characterized by dose, tissue, and time specific increases in rCBV and rCBF ratio.


  • Pejovic-Milic, Ana
  • Jakubovic, Raphael
  • Sahgal, Arjun
  • Ruschin, Mark
  • Pejović-Milić, Ana
  • Milwid, Rachael
  • Aviv, Richard I

publication date

  • August 2015