Diagnostic use of apparent diffusion coefficient and cerebral blood flow in pediatric brain tumors

Takeaway

  • Apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and cerebral blood flow (CBF) are valuable for differentiation of certain histological subtypes and in distinguishing between low- and high-grade pediatric brain tumors.

Why this matters

  • The possibility of combining values derived for ADC by diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and for CBF by arterial spin labelling (ASL) can help to optimize diagnostic accuracy in pediatric brain tumors.