Authors: Liu W, Wang L, Liu J, Yuan J, Chen J, Wu H, Xiang Q, Yang G, Li Y.

Issue: Transl Oncol. 2016 Dec;9(6):521-530

PMID: 27835789


Despite the extensive application of multispectral imaging (MSI) in biomedical multidisciplinary researches, there is a paucity of data available regarding the implication of MSI in tumor prognosis prediction. We compared the behaviors of multispectral (MS) and conventional red-green-blue (RGB) images on assessment of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) immunohistochemistry to explore their impact on outcome in patients with invasive breast cancer (BC). Tissue microarrays containing 240 BC patients were introduced to compare the performance of MS and RGB imaging methods on the quantitative assessment of HER2 status and the prognostic value of 5-year disease-free survival (5-DFS). Both the total and average signal optical density values of HER2 MS and RGB images were analyzed, and all patients were divided into two groups based on the different 5-DFS. The quantification of HER2 MS images was negatively correlated with 5-DFS in lymph node-negative and -positive patients (P<.05), but RGB images were not in lymph node-positive patients (P=.101). Multivariate analysis indicated that the hazard ratio (HR) of HER2 MS was higher than that of HER2 RGB (HR=2.454; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.636-3.681 vs HR=2.060; 95% CI, 1.361-3.119). Additionally, area under curve (AUC) by receiver operating characteristic analysis for HER2 MS was greater than that for HER2 RGB (AUC=0.649; 95% CI, 0.577-0.722 vs AUC=0.596; 95% CI, 0.522-0.670) in predicting the risk for recurrence. More importantly, the quantification of HER2 MS images has higher prediction accuracy than that of HER2 RGB images (69.6% vs 65.0%) on 5-DFS. Our study suggested that better information on BC prognosis could be obtained from the quantification of HER2 MS images and MS images might perform better in predicting BC prognosis than conventional RGB images.