Measurement of transplanted pancreatic volume using computed tomography: reliability by intra- and inter-observer variability
2012 (English)In: Acta Radiologica, ISSN 0284-1851, E-ISSN 1600-0455, Vol. 53, no 9, 966-972 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Unlike other solid organ transplants, pancreas allografts can undergo a substantial decrease in baseline volume after transplantation. This phenomenon has not been well characterized, as there are insufficient data on reliable and reproducible volume assessments. We hypothesized that characterization of pancreatic volume by means of computed tomography (CT) could be a useful method for clinical follow-up in pancreas transplant patients.
To evaluate the feasibility and reliability of pancreatic volume assessment using CT scan in transplanted patients.
Material and Methods
CT examinations were performed on 21 consecutive patients undergoing pancreas transplantation. Volume measurements were carried out by two observers tracing the pancreatic contours in all slices. The observers performed the measurements twice for each patient. Differences in volume measurement were used to evaluate intra- and inter-observer variability.
The intra-observer variability for the pancreatic volume measurements of Observers 1 and 2 was found to be in almost perfect agreement, with an intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) of 0.90 (0.77-0.96) and 0.99 (0.98-1.0), respectively. Regarding inter-observer validity, the ICCs for the first and second measurements were 0.90 (range, 0.77-0.96) and 0.95 (range, 0.85-0.98), respectively.
CT volumetry is a reliable and reproducible method for measurement of transplanted pancreatic volume.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 53, no 9, 966-972 p.
Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-182427DOI: 10.1258/ar.2012.120317ISI: 000311596800003PubMedID: 23002143OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-182427DiVA: diva2:559732