On the Potential Role of MRI Biomarkers of COPD to Guide Bronchoscopic Lung Volume Reduction

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RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: In patients with severe emphysema and poor quality of life, bronchoscopic lung volume reduction (BLVR) may be considered and guided based on lobar emphysema severity. In particular, x-ray computed tomography (CT) emphysema measurements are used to identify the most diseased and the second-most diseased lobes as BLVR targets. Inhaled gas magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) also provides chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) biomarkers of lobar emphysema and ventilation abnormalities. Our objective was to retrospectively evaluate CT and MRI biomarkers of lobar emphysema and ventilation in patients with COPD eligible for BLVR. We hypothesized that MRI would provide complementary biomarkers of emphysema and ventilation that help determine the most appropriate lung lobar targets for BLVR in patients with COPD.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 22 BLVR-eligible patients from the Thoracic Imaging Network of Canada cohort (diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide = 37 ± 12%

RESULTS: In 7 of 22 patients, there were different CT and MRI predictions of the most diseased lobe. In some patients, there were large ventilation defects in lobes not targeted by CT, indicative of a poorly ventilated lung. CT and MRI classification of the most diseased and the second-most diseased lobes showed a fair-to-moderate intermethod reliability (Cohen κ = 0.40-0.59).

CONCLUSIONS: In this proof-of-concept retrospective analysis, quantitative MRI ventilation and CT emphysema measurements provided different BLVR targets in over 30% of the patients. The presence of large MRI ventilation defects in lobes next to CT-targeted lobes might also change the decision to proceed or to guide BLVR to a different lobar target.


This is an author-accepted manuscript of an article initially published by Elsevier. Final published version is available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.acra.2017.08.010

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