Objective: To evaluate whether vessel-suppressed computed tomography (VSCT) can be reliably used for semi-automated volumetric measurements of solid pulmonary nodules, as compared to standard CT (SCT) Material and methods: Ninety-three SCT were elaborated by dedicated software (ClearRead CT, Riverain Technologies, Miamisburg, OH, USA), that allows subtracting vessels from lung parenchyma. Semi-automated volumetric measurements of 65 solid nodules were compared between SCT and VSCT. The measurements were repeated by two readers. For each solid nodule, volume measured on SCT by Reader 1 and Reader 2 was averaged and the average volume between readers acted as standard of reference value. Concordance between measurements was assessed using Lin's Concordance Correlation Coefficient (CCC). Limits of agreement (LoA) between readers and CT datasets were evaluated. Results: Standard of reference nodule volume ranged from 13 to 366 mm3. The mean overestimation between readers was 3 mm3 and 2.9 mm3 on SCT and VSCT, respectively. Semi-automated volumetric measurements on VSCT showed substantial agreement with the standard of reference (Lin's CCC = 0.990 for Reader 1; 0.985 for Reader 2). The upper and lower LoA between readers’ measurements were (16.3, −22.4 mm3) and (15.5, −21.4 mm3) for SCT and VSCT, respectively. Conclusions: VSCT datasets are feasible for the measurements of solid nodules, showing an almost perfect concordance between readers and with measurements on SCT.
Vessel suppressed chest Computed Tomography for semi-automated volumetric measurements of solid pulmonary nodules / Milanese, G.; Eberhard, M.; Martini, K.; Vittoria De Martini, I.; Frauenfelder, T.. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF RADIOLOGY. - ISSN 0720-048X. - 101(2018), pp. 97-102. [10.1016/j.ejrad.2018.02.020]
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