Assessing Inter-Observer Variability of MRI Tagging of the Colon Contents in Healthy Human Subjects
Meshari T Alshammari1,2, Ali S Alyami3, Victoria Wilkinson-Smith3, Luca Marciani1, Gordon W. Moran1, and Caroline L. Hoad3,4
1Translational Medical Sciences and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 2Department of Diagnostic Radiology, College of Applied Medical Sciences, University of Hail, Hail, Saudi Arabia, 3NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 4Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
MRI Tagging techniques have been applied to the GI tract to assess bowel contractions and colon content mixing. Two independent datasets of healthy adults were used to evaluate the dependence of the percentage Coefficient of variation (%CoV) measurement on inter-observer variability in the ascending colon and descending colon. There was little difference between both AC and DC measurements of the %CoV with high inter-rater agreement (intra-class correlation coefficient > 0.95). This technique could be used to provide objective measures for the motility assessment of the colon in inflammatory and functional bowel diseases.
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