Mortality prediction in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: evaluation of computer-based CT analysis with conventional severity measures

Joseph Jacob, Brian J. Bartholmai, Srinivasan Rajagopalan, Maria Kokosi, Arjun Nair, Ronald Karwoski, Simon L.F. Walsh, Athol U. Wells, David M. Hansell

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Computer-based computed tomography (CT) analysis can provide objective quantitation of disease in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). A computer algorithm, CALIPER, was compared with conventional CT and pulmonary function measures of disease severity for mortality prediction. CT and pulmonary function variables (forced expiratory volume in 1 s, forced vital capacity, diffusion capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide, transfer coefficient of the lung for carbon monoxide and composite physiologic index (CPI)) of 283 consecutive patients with a multidisciplinary diagnosis of IPF were evaluated against mortality. Visual and CALIPER CT features included total extent of interstitial lung disease, honeycombing, reticular pattern, ground glass opacities and emphysema. In addition, CALIPER scored pulmonary vessel volume (PVV) while traction bronchiectasis and consolidation were only scored visually. A combination of mortality predictors was compared with the Gender, Age, Physiology model. On univariate analyses, all visual and CALIPER-derived interstitial features and functional indices were predictive of mortality to a 0.01 level of significance. On multivariate analysis, visual CT parameters were discarded. Independent predictors of mortality were CPI (hazard ratio (95% CI) 1.05 (1.02–1.07), p<0.001) and two CALIPER parameters: PVV (1.23 (1.08–1.40), p=0.001) and honeycombing (1.18 (1.06–1.32), p=0.002). A three-group staging system derived from this model was powerfully predictive of mortality (2.23 (1.85–2.69), p<0.0001). CALIPER-derived parameters, in particular PVV, are more accurate prognostically than traditional visual CT scores. Quantitative tools such as CALIPER have the potential to improve staging systems in IPF.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1601011
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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