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      Lobar analysis of collapsibility indices to assess functional lung volumes in COPD patients

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          We investigated correlations between lung volume collapsibility indices and pulmonary function test (PFT) results and assessed lobar differences in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, using paired inspiratory and expiratory three dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) images.


          We retrospectively assessed 28 COPD patients who underwent paired inspiratory and expiratory CT and PFT exams on the same day. A computer-aided diagnostic system calculated total lobar volume and emphysematous lobar volume (ELV). Normal lobar volume (NLV) was determined by subtracting ELV from total lobar volume, both for inspiratory phase (NLV I) and for expiratory phase (NLV E). We also determined lobar collapsibility indices: NLV collapsibility ratio (NLV CR) (%) = (1 − NLV E/NLV I) × 100%. Associations between lobar volumes and PFT results, and collapsibility indices and PFT results were determined by Pearson correlation analysis.


          NLV CR values were significantly correlated with PFT results. Forced expiratory volume in 1 second, measured as percent of predicted results (FEV 1%P) was significantly correlated with NLV CR values for the lower lobes ( P<0.01), whereas this correlation was not significant for the upper lobes ( P=0.05). FEV 1%P results were also moderately correlated with inspiratory, expiratory ELV (ELV I,E) for the lower lobes ( P<0.05). In contrast, the ratio of the diffusion capacity for carbon monoxide to alveolar gas volume, measured as percent of predicted (DL CO/V A%P) results were strongly correlated with ELV I for the upper lobes ( P<0.001), whereas this correlation with NLV CR values was weaker for upper lobes ( P<0.01) and was not significant for the lower lobes ( P=0.26).


          FEV 1%P results were correlated with NLV collapsibility indices for lower lobes, whereas DL CO/V A%P results were correlated with NLV collapsibility indices and ELV for upper lobes. Thus, evaluating lobar NLV collapsibility might be useful for estimating pulmonary function in COPD patients.

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                Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis
                Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis
                International Journal of COPD
                International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
                Dove Medical Press
                09 December 2014
                : 9
                : 1347-1356
                [1 ]Department of Radiology, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
                [2 ]Department of Respiratory Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
                [3 ]Department of Radiology, Ichinomiya Municipal Hospital, Ichinomiya, Aichi, Japan
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                Correspondence: Shingo Iwano, Department of Radiology, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, 65 Tsurumai-cho, Shouwa-ku, Nagoya 466-8550, Japan, Tel +81 52 744 2327, Fax +81 52 744 2335, Email iwano45@
                © 2014 Kitano et al. This work is published by Dove Medical Press Limited, and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License

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                Respiratory medicine

                segmentation, emphysema, computed tomography, pulmonary function


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