J Korean Soc Radiol.  2011 Sep;65(3):247-256.

Quantification of Emphysema with a Three-Dimensional Chest CT Scan: Correlation with the Visual Emphysema Scoring on Chest CT, Pulmonary Function Tests and Dyspnea Severity

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Radiology, Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital, Seoul, Korea. jhhwang@schmc.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
We wanted to prospectively evaluate the correlation between the quantification of emphysema using 3D CT densitometry with the visual emphysema score, pulmonary function tests (PFT) and the dyspnea score in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Non-enhanced chest CT with 3D reconstruction was performed in 28 men with COPD (age 54-88 years). With histogram analysis, the total lung volume, mean lung density and proportion of low attenuation lung volume below predetermined thresholds were measured. The CT parameters were compared with the visual emphysema score, the PFT and the dyspnea score.
RESULTS
A low attenuation lung volume below -950 HU was well correlated with the DLco and FEV1/FVC. A Low attenuation lung volume below -950 HU and -930 HU was correlated with visual the emphysema score. A low attenuation lung volume below -950 HU was correlated with the dyspnea score, although the correlations between the other CT parameters and the dyspnea score were not significant.
CONCLUSION
Objective quantification of emphysema using 3D CT densitometry was correlated with the visual emphysema score. A low attenuation lung volume below -950 HU was correlated with the DLco, the FEV1/FVC and the dyspnea score.


MeSH Terms

Densitometry
Dyspnea
Emphysema
Humans
Lung
Male
Prospective Studies
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
Respiratory Function Tests
Thorax
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