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      Assessment Of Changes In Regional Xenon-Ventilation, Perfusion, And Ventilation-Perfusion Mismatch Using Dual-Energy Computed Tomography After Pharmacological Treatment In Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Visual And Quantitative Analysis

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          To assess changes in regional ventilation (V), perfusion (Q), and V-Q mismatch in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) after pharmacologic treatment using combined xenon-enhanced V and iodine-enhanced Q dual-energy CT (DECT).

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          Combined V and Q DECT were performed at baseline and after three-month pharmacologic treatment in 52 COPD patients. Anatomically co-registered virtual non-contrast images, V, Q, and V/Q ratio maps were obtained. V/Q pattern was visually determined to be matched, mismatched, or reversed-mismatched and compared with the regional parenchymal disease patterns of each segment. DECT parameters for V, Q, and V-Q imbalance were quantified.


          The parenchymal patterns on CT were not changed at follow-up. The segments with matched V/Q pattern were increased (80.2% to 83.6%) as the segments with reversed-mismatched V/Q pattern were decreased with improving ventilation (17.6% to 13.8%) after treatment. Changes of V/Q patterns were mostly observed in segments with bronchial wall thickening. Compared with patients without bronchial wall thickening, the quantified DECT parameters of V-Q imbalance were significantly improved in patients with bronchial wall thickening ( p < 0.05). Changes in forced expiratory volume in one second after treatment were correlated with changes in the quantified DECT parameters ( r = 0.327–0.342 or r = −0.406 and −0.303; p < 0.05).


          DECT analysis showed that the V-Q imbalance was improved after the pharmacological treatment in COPD patients, although the parenchymal disease patterns remained unchanged. This improvement of V-Q imbalance may occur mostly in the areas with bronchial wall thickening.

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                Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis
                Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis
                International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
                25 September 2019
                : 14
                : 2195-2203
                [1 ]Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine , Songpa-Gu, Seoul 138-736, South Korea
                [2 ]Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Clinical Research Center for Chronic Obstructive Airway Diseases, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine , Songpa-Gu, Seoul 138-736, South Korea
                [3 ]Department of Radiology, Ansan Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine , Danwon-gu, Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea
                Author notes
                Correspondence: Sang Min Lee Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center , 86 Asanbyeongwon-Gil, Songpa-Gu, Seoul138-736, South KoreaTel +82 2 3010 5766Fax +82 2 476 4719 Email
                © 2019 Hwang et al.

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