Radiological examination of pulmonary nodules on CT involves the assessment of the nodules' size and morphology, a procedure usually performed manually. In recent years computer-assisted analysis of indeterminate lung nodules has been receiving increasing research attention as a potential means to improve the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of patients with lung cancer. Computerised analysis relies on the extraction of objective, reproducible and standardised imaging features. In this context the aim of this work was to evaluate the correlation between nine IBSI-compliant morphological features and three manuallyassigned radiological attributes – lobulation, sphericity and spiculation. Experimenting on 300 lung nodules from the open-access LIDC-IDRI dataset we found that the correlation between the computer-calculated features and the manually-assigned visual scores was at best moderate (Pearson’s r between -0.61 and 0.59; Spearman’s ρ between -0.59 and 0.56). We conclude that the morphological features investigated here have moderate ability to match/explain manually-annotated lobulation, sphericity and spiculation

Correlation between IBSI morphological features and manually-annotated shape attributes on lung lesions at CT

Francesco Bianconi
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Mario Luca Fravolini;Giulia Pascoletti;Isabella Palumbo;Michele Scialpi;Cynthia Aristei;Barbara Palumbo
2022

Abstract

Radiological examination of pulmonary nodules on CT involves the assessment of the nodules' size and morphology, a procedure usually performed manually. In recent years computer-assisted analysis of indeterminate lung nodules has been receiving increasing research attention as a potential means to improve the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of patients with lung cancer. Computerised analysis relies on the extraction of objective, reproducible and standardised imaging features. In this context the aim of this work was to evaluate the correlation between nine IBSI-compliant morphological features and three manuallyassigned radiological attributes – lobulation, sphericity and spiculation. Experimenting on 300 lung nodules from the open-access LIDC-IDRI dataset we found that the correlation between the computer-calculated features and the manually-assigned visual scores was at best moderate (Pearson’s r between -0.61 and 0.59; Spearman’s ρ between -0.59 and 0.56). We conclude that the morphological features investigated here have moderate ability to match/explain manually-annotated lobulation, sphericity and spiculation
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