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Quantifying tracheobronchial tree dimensions: Methods, limitations and emerging techniques

Williamson, J.P., James, A.L., Phillips, M.J., Sampson, David, Hillman, D.R. and Eastwood, P.R. (2009) Quantifying tracheobronchial tree dimensions: Methods, limitations and emerging techniques European Respiratory Journal, 34 (1). pp. 42-55.

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The ability to measure airway dimensions is important for clinicians, interventional bronchoscopists and researchers in order to accurately quantify structural abnormalities and track their changes over time or in response to treatment. Most quantitative airway measurements are based on X-ray computed tomography and, more recently, on multidetector computed tomography. Quantitative bronchoscopic techniques have also been developed, although these are less widely employed. Emerging techniques, including magnetic resonance imaging, endoscopic optical coherence tomography, endobronchial ultrasound and confocal endomicroscopy, provide new research tools with potential clinical applications. An understanding of issues related to the acquisition, processing and analysis of images, and how such issues impact on imaging the tracheobronchial tree, is essential in order to assess measurement accuracy and to make effective use of the newer methods. This article contributes to this understanding by providing a comprehensive review of current and emerging techniques for quantifying airway dimensions.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Authors :
Williamson, J.P.
James, A.L.
Phillips, M.J.
Hillman, D.R.
Eastwood, P.R.
Date : 2009
DOI : 10.1183/09031936.00020408
Uncontrolled Keywords : Airway dimensions, Confocal endomicroscopy, Multidetector computed tomography, Optical coherence tomography, Videobronchoscopy, asthma, bronchiectasis, bronchoscopy, chronic obstructive lung disease, clinical practice, computer assisted tomography, confocal microscopy, cystic fibrosis, diagnostic accuracy, diagnostic imaging, diagnostic value, endobronchial ultrasonography, human, image analysis, image processing, image quality, multidetector computed tomography, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, optical coherence tomography, optical resolution, priority journal, review, structure analysis, tissue structure, tracheobronchial tree, Algorithms, Asthma, Bronchi, Bronchoscopes, Bronchoscopy, Cystic Fibrosis, Humans, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Microscopy, Confocal, Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive, Pulmonary Medicine, Respiratory System, Tomography, X-Ray Computed, Trachea
Depositing User : Maria Rodriguez-Marquez
Date Deposited : 11 Jun 2018 07:28
Last Modified : 19 Sep 2018 11:32

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