By Erik L. Ridley, AuntMinnie staff writer
November 11, 2010

Thursday, December 2 | 11:00 a.m.-11:10 a.m. | SSQ05-04 | Room E353C
A research group will present data finding no significant performance difference with employing virtual colonoscopy CAD on patients with or without fecal tagging.

In virtual colonoscopy (also known as CT colonography or CTC), there's an increasing trend toward using oral contrast administration for tagging of fecal residuals to allow for easy differentiation between intrinsic colonic lesions and pseudolesions. Different preparation strategies may create obstacles for CAD algorithms, however, according to presenter Thomas Mang, MD, of the Medical University of Vienna in Austria.

To evaluate if CAD could be generally used in virtual colonoscopy, the study team retrospectively applied a prototype CAD algorithm to a relatively large heterogeneous database of untagged and tagged CTC patient datasets contributed by different sites, Mang said.

The authors found that the CAD algorithm yielded a standalone sensitivity of 89.6% for detecting patients with colorectal polyps 6 mm or larger. This performance also included a relatively low mean false-positive rate of 4.9 per patient, Mang said.

"Therefore, the clinical application of computer-aided detection of colorectal polyps may be employed to either tagged or untagged preparations and thus find a broader application for CT colonographic practice," Mang told

Last Updated np 11/9/2010 5:16:31 PM

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