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Reproducibility of dynamically represented acoustic lung images from healthy individuals.

Maher TM, Gat M, Allen D, Devaraj A, Wells AU, Geddes DM - Thorax (2007)

Bottom Line: There was no significant difference found between the six raters at any time point.Acoustic lung imaging is reproducible in healthy individuals.Graphic representation of lung images can be interpreted with a high degree of accuracy by the same and by different reviewers.

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Affiliation: Department of Respiratory Medicine, Interstitial Lung Disease Unit, Royal Brompton Hospital, Sydney St, London SW3 6NP, UK. t.maher@ucl.ac.uk

ABSTRACT

Background and aim: Acoustic lung imaging offers a unique method for visualising the lung. This study was designed to demonstrate reproducibility of acoustic lung images recorded from healthy individuals at different time points and to assess intra- and inter-rater agreement in the assessment of dynamically represented acoustic lung images.

Methods: Recordings from 29 healthy volunteers were made on three separate occasions using vibration response imaging. Reproducibility was measured using quantitative, computerised assessment of vibration energy. Dynamically represented acoustic lung images were scored by six blinded raters.

Results: Quantitative measurement of acoustic recordings was highly reproducible with an intraclass correlation score of 0.86 (very good agreement). Intraclass correlations for inter-rater agreement and reproducibility were 0.61 (good agreement) and 0.86 (very good agreement), respectively. There was no significant difference found between the six raters at any time point. Raters ranged from 88% to 95% in their ability to identically evaluate the different features of the same image presented to them blinded on two separate occasions.

Conclusion: Acoustic lung imaging is reproducible in healthy individuals. Graphic representation of lung images can be interpreted with a high degree of accuracy by the same and by different reviewers.

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Intra-rater agreement in the interpretation of the different key features of the acoustic lung image (data based on 30 images reported twice). MEF, maximum energy frame; VRI, vibration response imaging.
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THX-63-06-0542-f04: Intra-rater agreement in the interpretation of the different key features of the acoustic lung image (data based on 30 images reported twice). MEF, maximum energy frame; VRI, vibration response imaging.

Mentions: The average value for overall identical evaluations of the 10 features of the VRI image scored by the raters ranged from 88% to 95% per rater. Furthermore, the percentage of identical evaluations for each individual feature by raters demonstrated a high rate of consistency (fig 4). Features interpreted with absolute agreement between raters were frame-by-frame development and MEF shape. Overall assessment of the image elicited the least agreement (80%).


Reproducibility of dynamically represented acoustic lung images from healthy individuals.

Maher TM, Gat M, Allen D, Devaraj A, Wells AU, Geddes DM - Thorax (2007)

Intra-rater agreement in the interpretation of the different key features of the acoustic lung image (data based on 30 images reported twice). MEF, maximum energy frame; VRI, vibration response imaging.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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THX-63-06-0542-f04: Intra-rater agreement in the interpretation of the different key features of the acoustic lung image (data based on 30 images reported twice). MEF, maximum energy frame; VRI, vibration response imaging.
Mentions: The average value for overall identical evaluations of the 10 features of the VRI image scored by the raters ranged from 88% to 95% per rater. Furthermore, the percentage of identical evaluations for each individual feature by raters demonstrated a high rate of consistency (fig 4). Features interpreted with absolute agreement between raters were frame-by-frame development and MEF shape. Overall assessment of the image elicited the least agreement (80%).

Bottom Line: There was no significant difference found between the six raters at any time point.Acoustic lung imaging is reproducible in healthy individuals.Graphic representation of lung images can be interpreted with a high degree of accuracy by the same and by different reviewers.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Respiratory Medicine, Interstitial Lung Disease Unit, Royal Brompton Hospital, Sydney St, London SW3 6NP, UK. t.maher@ucl.ac.uk

ABSTRACT

Background and aim: Acoustic lung imaging offers a unique method for visualising the lung. This study was designed to demonstrate reproducibility of acoustic lung images recorded from healthy individuals at different time points and to assess intra- and inter-rater agreement in the assessment of dynamically represented acoustic lung images.

Methods: Recordings from 29 healthy volunteers were made on three separate occasions using vibration response imaging. Reproducibility was measured using quantitative, computerised assessment of vibration energy. Dynamically represented acoustic lung images were scored by six blinded raters.

Results: Quantitative measurement of acoustic recordings was highly reproducible with an intraclass correlation score of 0.86 (very good agreement). Intraclass correlations for inter-rater agreement and reproducibility were 0.61 (good agreement) and 0.86 (very good agreement), respectively. There was no significant difference found between the six raters at any time point. Raters ranged from 88% to 95% in their ability to identically evaluate the different features of the same image presented to them blinded on two separate occasions.

Conclusion: Acoustic lung imaging is reproducible in healthy individuals. Graphic representation of lung images can be interpreted with a high degree of accuracy by the same and by different reviewers.

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