Radiogenomics: what it is and why it is important.

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Journal Article

In recent years, a new direction in cancer research has emerged that focuses on the relationship between imaging phenotypes and genomics. This direction is referred to as radiogenomics or imaging genomics. The question that subsequently arises is: What is the practical significance of elucidating this relationship in improving cancer patient outcomes. In this article, I address this question. Although I discuss some limitations of the radiogenomic approach, and describe scenarios in which radiogenomic analysis might not be the best choice, I also argue that radiogenomics will play a significant practical role in cancer research. Specifically, I argue that the significance of radiogenomics is largely related to practical limitations of currently available data that often lack complete characterization of the patients and poor integration of individual datasets. Radiogenomics offers a practical way to leverage limited and incomplete data to generate knowledge that might lead to improved decision making, and as a result, improved patient outcomes.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mazurowski, MA

Published Date

  • August 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 862 - 866

PubMed ID

  • 26250979

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26250979

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-349X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1546-1440

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jacr.2015.04.019

Language

  • eng