OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to describe a method of reducing interobserver variation associated with the visual quantitation of high-resolution computed tomographic (HRCT) signs of airways and interstitial lung disease (ILD). METHODS: The HRCT scans of 2 cohorts of patients with airways disease (n = 144) and ILD (n = 109) were evaluated by 2 observers. Selected signs of airways disease were evaluated: (1) bronchial wall thickness and (2) the extent of the decreased attenuation. In the ILD group, the total extent of disease was scored. These 3 HRCT signs were scored by 2 observers independently using a standard method. The observers rescored the CT scans with a new scoring system (continuous learning method, CLM). RESULTS: Observer agreement for CT signs was superior for CLM: bronchial wall thickness κw increased from 0.51 to 0.76; for decreased attenuation, κw increased from 0.34 to 0.81; and for ILD extent, κw increased from 0.53 to 0.87. CONCLUSIONS: The CLM reduces noise from observer variation in studies that require visual quantitation of HRCT signs of lung disease.

Method for minimizing observer variation for the quantitation of high-resolution computed tomographic signs of lung disease / Sverzellati, Nicola; Devaraj, Anand; Desai Sujal, R; Quigley, Maureen; Wells, Athol U; Hansell, David M.. - In: JOURNAL OF COMPUTER ASSISTED TOMOGRAPHY. - ISSN 0363-8715. - 35:5(2011), pp. 596-601. [10.1097/RCT.0b013e3182277d05]

Method for minimizing observer variation for the quantitation of high-resolution computed tomographic signs of lung disease.

SVERZELLATI, Nicola;
2011

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to describe a method of reducing interobserver variation associated with the visual quantitation of high-resolution computed tomographic (HRCT) signs of airways and interstitial lung disease (ILD). METHODS: The HRCT scans of 2 cohorts of patients with airways disease (n = 144) and ILD (n = 109) were evaluated by 2 observers. Selected signs of airways disease were evaluated: (1) bronchial wall thickness and (2) the extent of the decreased attenuation. In the ILD group, the total extent of disease was scored. These 3 HRCT signs were scored by 2 observers independently using a standard method. The observers rescored the CT scans with a new scoring system (continuous learning method, CLM). RESULTS: Observer agreement for CT signs was superior for CLM: bronchial wall thickness κw increased from 0.51 to 0.76; for decreased attenuation, κw increased from 0.34 to 0.81; and for ILD extent, κw increased from 0.53 to 0.87. CONCLUSIONS: The CLM reduces noise from observer variation in studies that require visual quantitation of HRCT signs of lung disease.
Method for minimizing observer variation for the quantitation of high-resolution computed tomographic signs of lung disease / Sverzellati, Nicola; Devaraj, Anand; Desai Sujal, R; Quigley, Maureen; Wells, Athol U; Hansell, David M.. - In: JOURNAL OF COMPUTER ASSISTED TOMOGRAPHY. - ISSN 0363-8715. - 35:5(2011), pp. 596-601. [10.1097/RCT.0b013e3182277d05]
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