Miranda Kirby1,2, Lindsay Mathew1,2, Andrew Wheatley1, David G. McCormack3, Grace Parraga1,4
1Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts
Here we evaluate the associations between hyperpolarized Helium-3 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (3He MRI) longitudinal changes measured in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) ex-smokers, with SNR and inter-observer variability. Spin density images for 15 subjects were segmented to obtain ventilation defect volume (VDV) measurements at baseline and 26 months. Inter-observer reproducibility was determined for two observers; ICC= .93, COV= 26% and r2= .78 (p<.0001). There was no significant relationship between image SNR and inter-observer variability (r=-.06, p=.75). Therefore, measurement variability is not affected by SNR and increases in VDV at follow-up may reflect COPD airway functional changes, suggestive of disease progression.