The accuracy and optimal slice thickness of multislice helical computed tomography for right and left ventricular volume measurement

Wei Cui, Takeshi Kondo, Hirofumi Anno, Yu Yin Guo, Takahisa Sato, Masayoshi Sarai, Hitoshi Shinozaki, Satoshi Kakizawa, Kouji Sugiura, Keita Oshima, Kazuhiro Katada, Hitoshi Hishida

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Abstract

Background. Multislice helical computed tomography (MSCT) has been used to depict coronary anatomy noninvasively, and proved useful for evaluating ventricular function. The aim of our study was to assess the accuracy of ventricular volume as measured by MSCT. Methods. Fourteen human left ventricular (LV) and 15 right ventricular (RV) casts were scanned by MSCT. A series of LV and RV short-axis images were reconstructed later with slice thickness of 2.0 mm, 3.5 mm, 5.0 mm, 7.0 mm, and 10.0 mm. Ventricular volume was calculated by the multislice tomographic Simpson's method. True LV and RV cast volumes were determined by water displacement. Results. Both calculated LV and RV volumes correlated highly with the corresponding true volumes (all r > 0.95, P < 0.01). But with slice thickness from 2.0 mm to 10.0 mm, MSCT scanning overestimated the corresponding true volume by (3.21 ±5.95) ml to (12.58 ± 8.56) ml for LV and (10.22 ±8.45) ml to (23.91 ± 12.24) ml for RV (all P <0.01). There was a very high correlation between the overestimation and the selected slice thickness for both LV and RV volume measurements (r = 0.998 and 0.996, P < 0.01, respectively). However, when slice thickness was reduced to 5.0 mm, the overestimation for both LV and RV volume measurements became nonsignificant for slice thickness from 2.0 mm to 5.0 mm. Conclusions. Both LV and RV volumes can be accurately estimated by MSCT. Thinner slice has more accurate calculated volume. However, 5.0 mm slice thickness is thin enough for an accurate measurement of LV or RV volume.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1283-1287
Number of pages5
JournalChinese Medical Journal
Volume117
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 01-09-2004

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Cui, W., Kondo, T., Anno, H., Guo, Y. Y., Sato, T., Sarai, M., Shinozaki, H., Kakizawa, S., Sugiura, K., Oshima, K., Katada, K., & Hishida, H. (2004). The accuracy and optimal slice thickness of multislice helical computed tomography for right and left ventricular volume measurement. Chinese Medical Journal, 117(9), 1283-1287.