Computerized tomographic colonography: Performance evaluation in a retrospective multicenter setting

C. Daniel Johnson, Alicia Y. Toledano, Benjamin A. Herman, Abraham H. Dachman, Elizabeth G. McFarland, Matthew A. Barish, James A. Brink, Randy D. Ernst, Joel G. Fletcher, Robert A. Halvorsen, Amy K. Hara, Kenneth D. Hopper, Robert E. Koehler, David S.K. Lu, Michael Macari, Robert L. MacCarty, Frank H. Miller, Martina Morrin, Erik K. Paulson, Judy YeeMichael Zalis

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Background & Aims: No multicenter study has been reported evaluating the performance and interobserver variability of computerized tomographic colonography. The aim of this study was to assess the accuracy of computerized tomographic colonography for detecting clinically important colorectal neoplasia (polyps ≥10 mm in diameter) in a multi-institutional study. Methods: A retrospective study was developed from 341 patients who had computerized tomographic colonography and colonoscopy among 8 medical centers. Colonoscopy and pathology reports provided the standard. A random sample of 117 patients, stratified by criterion standard, was requested. Ninety-three patients were included (47% with polyps ≥10 mm; mean age, 62 years; 56% men; 84% white; 40% reported colorectal symptoms; 74% at increased risk for colorectal cancer). Eighteen radiologists blinded to the criterion standard interpreted computerized tomography colonography examinations, each using 2 of 3 different software display platforms. Results: The average area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for identifying patients with at least 1 lesion ≥10 mm was 0.80 (95% lower confidence bound, 0.74). The average sensitivity and specificity were 75% (95% lower confidence bound, 68%) and 73% (95% lower confidence bound, 66%), respectively. Per-polyp sensitivity was 75%. A trend was observed for better performance with more observer experience. There was no difference in performance across software display platforms. Conclusions: Computerized tomographic colonography performance compared favorably with reported performance of fecal occult blood testing, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and barium enema. A prospective study evaluating the performance of computerized tomography colonography in a screening population is indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)688-695
Number of pages8
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


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