Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is a rare cancer in gastrointestinal carcinomas and has been widely known as a curable disease among all the digestive tumors. However, early detection of malignant potential in patients with GIST has still been a huge challenge all around the world. CT, MRI, and F-18 FDG PET are all considered as good tests for diagnosing malignant GIST efficiently, but no recommended suggestions presents which test among the 3 is the prior one in detecting the malignant potential of GIST. We perform this study to assess the accuracy between CT, MRI, and F-18 FDG PET through network meta-analysis method, and to rank these tests.Methods and analysis:
PubMed, EMBASE.com, CNKI, and CBM databases will be searched without search date and language restrictions. We will include diagnostic tests which assessed the accuracy of CT, MRI, and F-18 FDG PET in detecting the malignant potential of GIST. The risk of bias in each study will be independently assessed as low, moderate, or high using criteria adapted from Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies 2 (QUADAS-2). Meta-analysis will be performed using STATA 12.0 and R 3.4.1 software. The competing diagnostic tests will be ranked by a superiority index.Results:
This study is ongoing, and will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for publication.Conclusion:
This study will provide a comprehensive evidence summary of CT, MRI, and F-18 FDG PET in detecting the malignant potential of GIST.