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Acta Radiol. 2012 Nov 1;53(9):966-72. doi: 10.1258/ar.2012.120317. Epub 2012 Sep 21.

Measurement of transplanted pancreatic volume using computed tomography: reliability by intra- and inter-observer variability.

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Uppsala University, Department of Radiology, Oncology and Radiation Science, Section of Radiology, Uppsala, Sweden. eva.lundqvist.8954@student.uu.se

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

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.

PURPOSE:

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.

RESULTS:

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.

CONCLUSION:

CT volumetry is a reliable and reproducible method for measurement of transplanted pancreatic volume.

PMID:
23002143
DOI:
10.1258/ar.2012.120317
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