Poster Open Access
Elevated tumor mass-effect is associated to poor prognosis in GBM [1,2]. However, tumor mass-effect is poorly quantified in clinical practice. Recently, Steed et al.  proposed ‘Lateral ventricle displacement’ (LVd), defined as the change in center-of-mass position of the lateral ventricles between an undeformed reference and the tumor-bearing anatomy, as quantitative imaging measure of mass-effect. They found that the magnitude of LVd in GBM patients can be associated with overall survival. These results show the clinical importance of tumor mass-effect in GBM, warranting robust clinical measures.
This study characterizes image-derived estimates of tumor mass-effect by their ability to measure mass-effect accurately and reliably. We use a mathematical model to simulate tumor growth, which allows us to control and objectively quantify ‘mass-effect’ . For given simulation parameters and growth location, we compute estimates of mass-effect from anatomical deformation during the growth process. We use multiple regression analysis to evaluate the ability of different estimates to explain the tumor’s objective mass-effect, measured by the tumor-induced pressure on the skull.