alexa Optimal threshold in CT quantification of emphysema.
Pulmonology

Pulmonology

Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine

Author(s): Wang Z, Gu S, Leader JK, Kundu S, Tedrow JR,

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Abstract OBJECTIVES: To determine the optimal threshold by quantitatively assessing the extent of emphysema at the level of the entire lung and at the level of individual lobes using a large, diverse dataset of computed tomography (CT) examinations. METHODS: This study comprises 573 chest CT examinations acquired from subjects with different levels of airway obstruction (222 none, 83 mild, 141 moderate, 63 severe and 64 very severe). The extent of emphysema was quantified using the percentage of the low attenuation area (LAA\%) divided by the total lung or lobe volume(s). The correlations between the extent of emphysema, and pulmonary functions and the five-category classification were assessed using Pearson and Spearman's correlation coefficients, respectively. When quantifying emphysema using a density mask, a wide range of thresholds from -850 to -1,000 HU were used. RESULTS: The highest correlations of LAA\% with the five-category classification and PFT measures ranged from -925 to -965 HU for each individual lobe and the entire lung. However, the differences between the highest correlations and those obtained at -950 HU are relatively small. CONCLUSION: Although there are variations in the optimal cut-off thresholds for individual lobes, the single threshold of -950 HU is still an acceptable threshold for density-based emphysema quantification.
This article was published in Eur Radiol and referenced in Journal of Pulmonary & Respiratory Medicine

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