Keiko Matsumoto1, Yoshiharu Ohno1, Hisanobu Koyama1, Munenobu Nogami2, Daisuke Takenaka1, Yumiko Onishi1, Nobukazu Aoyama3, Hideaki Kawamitsu3, Kazuro Sugimura1
1Radiology, Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan; 2Division of Image-Based Medicine, Institute of Biomedical Research and Innovation, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan; 3Division of Radiology, Kobe University Hospital, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan
The purpose of this study was to compare predictive capabilities for postoperative lung function in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients of the state-of-the-art radiological methods including perfusion MRI, quantitative CT and SPECT/CT with that of traditional method such as anatomical method (i.e. qualitative CT) and perfusion scan with SPECT. Correlation coefficient and the limits of agreement between predicted and actual postoperative lung function of perfusion MRI, quantitative CT and co-registered SPECT/CT were better than those of traditional methods. In conclusion, state-of-the-art radiological methods can predict postoperative lung function more accurately than traditional methods in NSCLC patients.