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BioMed Research International
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 5126074, 7 pages
Review Article

Diagnostic Value of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Radiation Encephalopathy Induced by Radiotherapy for Patients with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma: A Meta-Analysis

1Department of Radiology, People’s Hospital of Hainan Province, Haikou 570311, China
2Department of Gynaecology, People’s Hospital of Hainan Province, Haikou 570311, China
3Department of Radiotherapy, People’s Hospital of Hainan Province, Haikou 570311, China

Received 3 May 2015; Revised 27 July 2015; Accepted 2 August 2015

Academic Editor: Jens Schittenhelm

Copyright © 2016 Wang-Sheng Chen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In this study, articles in English and Chinese were selected from available electronic databases prior to September 2014. The metabolic concentrations and patterns of N-acetylaspartic acid (NAA), Choline (Cho), Creatine (Cr), NAA/Cr, NAA/Cho, and Cho/Cr ratios in radiotherapy-induced radiation encephalopathy by proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy were extracted. A meta-analysis was performed to quantitatively synthesize findings of these studies. Weighted mean difference (WMD) and 95% confidence intervals (95%CIs) were calculated using random or fixed effective models. Heterogeneity between studies was assessed using the Cochrane test and statistics. The results indicated that a total of 4 researches involving 214 patients met inclusion criteria. Depending on methodologies of selected studies, control groups were referred to as healthy subjects. The combined analysis revealed that there was no significant difference in value of Cr between radiotherapy group and healthy control group (WMD = −1.483, 95% CI: −67.185–64.219, ). However, there were significant difference in values of NAA (WMD = −18.227, 95%CI: −36.317–−0.137, ), Cho (WMD = 38.003, 95%CI: 5.155–70.851, ), NAA/Cr (WMD = −1.175, 95%CI: −1.563–−0.787, ), NAA/Cho (WMD = −1.108, 95%CI: −2.003–0.213, ), and Cho/Cr (WMD = −0.773, 95%CI: 0.239–1.307, ). In conclusion, MRS can be regarded as an effective and feasible imaging test for radiotherapy-induced radiation encephalopathy in NPC patients.