Imaging Could Improve Treatment of COPD Patients
“COPD is a very heterogeneous disease,” said study co-author Grace Parraga, PhD, from the Robarts Research Institute in London, Ontario, Canada. “Patients are classified based on spirometry, but patients with the same air flow may have different symptoms and significant variation in how much regular activity they can perform, such as walking to their car or up the stairs in their home.”
Spirometry is a lung function test — in which the patient takes a breath and exhales forcefully into a tube connected to a machine — that is commonly used to help diagnose COPD. This test produces a figure called the forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1). According to researchers, FEV1 does not necessarily reflect the whole picture of the lungs, but airways disease and emphysema can be directly measured with imaging.
For the study, Dr. Parraga and colleagues performed conventional CT and inhaled noble gas MRI (a technique for visualising air spaces in the lungs) on 116 people with COPD, including 80 with milder disease. The patients also underwent lung capacity testing, filled out a quality of life questionnaire and took a six-minute walk to measure their exercise tolerance over a short period of time.
The researchers found that in mild-to-moderate COPD patients with modestly abnormal FEV1, MRI measurements of emphysema were strongly correlated with exercise limitation, while both CT and MRI measurements of emphysema helped explain symptoms.
The implications of the findings are significant for patients with mild COPD and abnormal FEV1, according to Dr. Parraga. “FEV1 doesn’t tell the whole story,” she noted. “With lung imaging, we can look at patients with mild disease much more carefully and change treatment if necessary.”
Findings associated with COPD include emphysema, or damage to the air sacs in the lungs that prevents people from getting the oxygen they need, especially during exercise. While no cure exists for emphysema, there are steps people can take to mitigate symptoms. Emphysema is under-recognised as a source of COPD, Dr. Parraga said, and as a result, patients may be getting suboptimal treatment.
Figure 1. Images in representative patients with mild-to-moderate or severe COPD.
Source and image credit: RSNA
Published on : Tue, 7 Jul 2015
Print as PDF
Based on Mindray's new generation ultrasound platform, mQuadro, M9 has raised the industry standards to an all new level. Advanced signal transmission and reception processors provide highly sensitive and accurate echo detection. Innovative transducer...
Introducing a new chapter in ultrasound visualization technology. X-Porte was developed from the ground up to incorporate a breakthrough, proprietary beam-forming technology: XDI (Extreme Definition Imaging). This signal analysis algorithm shapes X-Porte's...
Explore the new dimension that you have never seen before WS80A with Elite is designed to create a new possibility for ultrasound diagnosis adopting new dimension that you have never seen before. The finest image quality, advanced 5D diagnostic solution...
Pushing the boundaries The advanced technical capabilities that the RS80A with Prestige features are built on the successes of Samsung technologies, including superior image quality, while offering exclusive options. The features such as S-Fusion and...
For users who value state-of-the art technology: Power and flexibility of a PC in a portable ECG Bidirectional Wi-Fi communication Culprit Coronary Artery AlgorithmTM for early STEMI detection The CARDIOVIT FT-1 is ultra-portable:...