Abdominal Radiology

, Volume 44, Issue 7, pp 2501–2510 | Cite as

A review of the principles of texture analysis and its role in imaging of genitourinary neoplasms

  • Richard ThomasEmail author
  • Lei Qin
  • Francesco Alessandrino
  • Sonia P. Sahu
  • Pamela J. Guerra
  • Katherine M. Krajewski
  • Atul Shinagare
Special section: Radiogenomics


Advances in the management of genitourinary neoplasms have resulted in a trend towards providing patients with personalized care. Texture analysis of medical images, is one of the tools that is being explored to provide information such as detection and characterization of tumors, determining their aggressiveness including grade and metastatic potential and for prediction of survival rates and risk of recurrence. In this article we review the basic principles of texture analysis and then detail its current role in imaging of individual neoplasms of the genitourinary system.


Texture analysis Genitourinary Neoplasm Cancer 


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This review article did not receive any funding.

Conflict of interest

Dr. Shinagare has the following financial disclosures: 1. Consultant, Arog Pharmaceuticals, 2. Research funding, GTx Inc.Thomas, Qin, Alessandrino, Sahu, Guerra and Krajewski do not have any disclosures.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

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There was no need for informed consent as this is a review article.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of ImagingDana-Farber Cancer InstituteBostonUSA
  3. 3.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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