CT reconstruction algorithms affect histogram and texture analysis: evidence for liver parenchyma, focal solid liver lesions, and renal cysts

Su Joa Ahn, Jung Hoon Kim, Sang Min Lee, Sang Joon Park, Joon Koo Han

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Abstract

Purpose: To determine the effects of different reconstruction algorithms on histogram and texture features in different targets. Materials and methods: Among 3620 patients, 480 had normal liver parenchyma, 494 had focal solid liver lesions (metastases = 259; hepatocellular carcinoma = 99; hemangioma = 78; abscess = 32; and cholangiocarcinoma = 26), and 488 had renal cysts. CT images were reconstructed with filtered back-projection (FBP), hybrid iterative reconstruction (HIR), and iterative model reconstruction (IMR) algorithms. Computerized histogram and texture analyses were performed by extracting 11 features. Results: Different reconstruction algorithms had distinct, significant effects. IMR had a greater effect than HIR. For instance, IMR had a significant effect on five features of liver parenchyma, nine features of focal liver lesions, and four features of renal cysts on portal-phase scans and four, eight, and four features, respectively, on precontrast scans (p < 0.05). Meanwhile, different algorithms had a greater effect on focal liver lesions (six in HIR and nine in IMR on portal-phase, three in HIR, and eight in IMR on precontrast scans) than on liver parenchyma or cysts. The mean attenuation and standard deviation were not affected by the reconstruction algorithm (p >.05). Most parameters showed good or excellent intra- and interobserver agreement, with intraclass correlation coefficients ranging from 0.634 to 0.972. Conclusions: Different reconstruction algorithms affect histogram and texture features. Reconstruction algorithms showed stronger effects in focal liver lesions than in liver parenchyma or renal cysts. Key Points: • Imaging heterogeneities influenced the quantification of image features. • Different reconstruction algorithms had a significant effect on histogram and texture features. • Solid liver lesions were more affected than liver parenchyma or cysts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4008-4015
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Radiology
Volume29
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2019

Keywords

  • Cyst
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Neoplasms
  • Tomography

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