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Journal of Medical Imaging • Open Access

Preterm neonatal lateral ventricle volume from three-dimensional ultrasound is not strongly correlated to two-dimensional ultrasound measurements
Author(s): Jessica Kishimoto; Sandrine de Ribaupierre; Fateme Salehi; Walter Romano; David S. C. Lee; Aaron Fenster

Paper Abstract

The aim of this study is to compare longitudinal two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) ultrasound (US) estimates of ventricle size in preterm neonates with posthemorrhagic ventricular dilatation (PHVD) using quantitative measurements of the lateral ventricles. Cranial 2-D US and 3-D US images were acquired from neonatal patients with diagnosed PHVD within 10 min of each other one to two times per week and analyzed offline. Ventricle index, anterior horn width, third ventricle width, and thalamo-occipital distance were measured on the 2-D images and ventricle volume (VV) was measured from 3-D US images. Changes in the measurements between successive image sets were also recorded. No strong correlations were found between VV and 2-D US measurements (R2 between 0.69 and 0.36). Additionally, weak correlations were found between changes in 2-D US measurements and 3-D US VV (R2 between 0.13 and 0.02). A trend was found between increasing 2-D US measurements and 3-D US-based VV, but this was not the case when comparing changes between 3-D US VV and 2-D US measurements. If 3-D US-based VV provides a more accurate estimate of ventricle size than 2-D US measurements, moderate–weak correlations with 3-D US suggest that monitoring preterm patients with PHVD using 2-D US measurements alone might not accurately represent whether the ventricles are progressively dilating. A volumetric measure (3-D US or MRI) could be used instead to more accurately represent changes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 November 2016
PDF: 9 pages
J. Med. Imag. 3(4) 046003 doi: 10.1117/1.JMI.3.4.046003
Published in: Journal of Medical Imaging Volume 3, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
Jessica Kishimoto, Robarts Research Institute (Canada)
Western Univ. (Canada)
Sandrine de Ribaupierre, Western Univ. (Canada)
London Health Sciences Ctr. (Canada)
Fateme Salehi, Western Univ. (Canada)
Walter Romano, Western Univ. (Canada)
David S. C. Lee, London Health Sciences Ctr. (Canada)
Aaron Fenster, Robarts Research Institute (Canada)
Western Univ. (Canada)

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