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Author(s)
Alcázar Juan Luis,
Rodriguez David,
Royo Pedro,
Galván Rosendo,
Ajossa Silvia,
Guerriero Stefano
Publication year2008
Publication title
journal of ultrasound in medicine
Resource typeJournals
PublisherAmerican Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Objective The purpose of this study was to assess the intraobserver and interobserver reproducibility of 3‐dimensional (3D) power Doppler angiography–derived vascular indices in evaluation of vascularized solid and cystic‐solid adnexal masses. Methods Stored 3D power Doppler angiographic volume data from 12 consecutive women with a diagnosis of a complex adnexal mass (6 cystic‐solid and 6 solid) evaluated and treated at our institution were retrieved from our database for analysis. Two examiners performed the calculations blinded to each other. Calculations were performed offline in a computer using Virtual Organ Computer‐Aided Analysis software (plane A, 9° rotation step) to assess volume and vascularization (vascularization index, flow index, and vascularization‐flow index) from solid areas within the tumor. In all cases, a definitive histologic diagnosis was obtained. Intraobserver and interobserver reproducibility was assessed by calculating the intraclass and interclass correlation coefficients for each index. Results All tumors proved to be malignant after surgical removal. Intraobserver reproducibility for both examiners and interobserver reproducibility were high for all indices (interclass correlation coefficient > 0.95). Conclusions Three‐dimensional power Doppler angiography is a reproducible technique for offline assessment of stored 3D volume data of vascularized adnexal masses.
Subject(s)adnexal mass , angiography , clinical psychology , interclass correlation , intraclass correlation , mathematics , medicine , nuclear medicine , power doppler , psychometrics , radiology , reproducibility , statistics , ultrasound
Language(s)English
SCImago Journal Rank0.574
H-Index91
eISSN1550-9613
pISSN0278-4297
DOI10.7863/jum.2008.27.1.1

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