Characteristics of regions suspicious for pulmonary nodules at chest radiography.
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: This study was performed to determine physical characteristics of areas on chest radiographs that are suspicious but not definitive for the presence of a pulmonary nodule and the characteristics of areas that contain an obvious nodule. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two groups of patients were identified: those who had an area at plain radiography that was suspicious for a pulmonary nodule and underwent fluoroscopy for further evaluation (138 patients, 142 areas) and those who had an obvious nodule at plain radiography who underwent computed tomography for further evaluation (72 patients, 97 areas). The measured characteristics of the region of interest included size, circularity, compactness, contrast, and location. RESULTS: A comparison of the data show that while there was some difference between these groups of patients with regard to location of the nodules, there were essentially no differences with regard to size, circularity, compactness, and contrast of the regions of interest. CONCLUSION: Size, circularity, compactness, contrast, and location are not sufficient to distinguish pulmonary nodules from other suspicious regions on the chest radiograph.
Drayer, JA; Vittitoe, NF; Vargas-Voracek, R; Baydush, AH; Ravin, CE; Floyd, CE
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