Gastric poorly cohesive carcinoma: differentiation from tubular adenocarcinoma using nomograms based on CT findings in the 40 s late arterial phase



To summarise the CT findings of gastric poorly cohesive carcinoma (PCC) in the 40 s late arterial phase and differentiate it from tubular adenocarcinoma (TAC) using an integrative nomogram.


A total of 241 patients including 59 PCCs, 109 TACs, and 73 other type gastric cancers were enrolled. Thirteen CT morphological characteristics of each lesion in the late arterial phase were evaluated. In addition, CT value–related parameters were extracted from ROIs encompassing the area of greatest enhancement on four-phase CT images. Nomograms based on regression models were built to discriminate PCCs from TACs and from non-PCCs. ROC curve analysis was performed to assess the diagnostic efficiency.


Six morphological characteristics, 10 CT value–related parameters, and the enhanced curve types differed significantly among the above three groups in the primary cohort (all p < 0.05). The paired comparison revealed that 10 CT value–related parameters differed significantly between PCCs and TACs (all p < 0.05). The AUC of the nomogram based on the multivariate model for discriminating PCCs from TACs was 0.954, which was confirmed in the validation cohort (AUC = 0.895). The AUC of another nomogram for discriminating PCCs from non-PCCs was 0.938, which was confirmed in the validation cohort (AUC = 0.880).


In the 40 s late arterial phase, the morphological characteristics and CT value–related parameters were significantly different among PCCs, TACs, and other types. PCCs were prone to manifest mucosal line interruption, diffuse thickening, infiltrative growth, and slow-rising enhanced curve (Type A). Furthermore, multivariate models were useful in discriminating PCCs from TACs and other types.

Key Points

• Multiple morphological characteristics and CT value–related parameters differed significantly between gastric PCCs and TACs in the 40 s late arterial phase.

• The nomogram integrating morphological characteristics and CT value–related parameters in the 40 s late arterial phase had favourable performance in discriminating PCCs from TACs.

• More useful information can be derived from 40 s late arterial phase CT images; thus, a more accurate evaluation can be made in clinical practice.

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Arterial phase


Area under the curve

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Delayed phase


Intraclass correlation coefficient




Poorly cohesive carcinoma


Portal phase


Receiver operating characteristic


Region of interest


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This study was funded by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81601463), Jiangsu Provincial Medical Youth Talent (No. QNRC2016040), and Medical Science and Technology Development Foundation, Nanjing Commission of Health (No. YKK16113).

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Liu, S., Qiao, X., Ji, C. et al. Gastric poorly cohesive carcinoma: differentiation from tubular adenocarcinoma using nomograms based on CT findings in the 40 s late arterial phase. Eur Radiol (2021).

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