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Title: Measurement of lung density by means of quantitative CT scanning. A study of correlations with pulmonary function tests
Authors: Heremans, A ×
Verschakelen, Johny
Van fraeyenhoven, L
Demedts, Maurice #
Issue Date: Oct-1992
Series Title: Chest vol:102 issue:3 pages:805-11
Abstract: In recent years, much attention has been given to the role of CT in detecting and quantitating pulmonary emphysema. We measured CT lung density in 45 patients undergoing a diagnostic work-up and compared this with pulmonary function tests. The CT lung densities measured with the sector method and with the whole lung method were very highly correlated with each other (r = 0.96, p less than 0.001), and measurements at TLC systematically gave a lower density than those at FRC (p less than 0.001). Also, CT density measurements at TLC and even more so at FRC correlated well with pulmonary function indices of airway obstruction and of hyperinflation, but not with indices that are considered more specific for emphysema (single breath DCO, static lung compliance) We conclude that CT lung-density gives a good reflection of the degree of hyperinflation, ie, enlargement of distal airways, but is not sensitive to detect whether or not this is associated with emphysema.
ISSN: 0012-3692
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Pneumology
× corresponding author
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