Effect of image reconstruction algorithms on volumetric and radiomic parameters of coronary plaques

Márton Kolossváry, Bálint Szilveszter, Júlia Karády, Zsófia Dóra Drobni, B. Merkely, Pál Maurovich-Horvat

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Background: Volumetric and radiomic analysis of atherosclerotic plaques on coronary CT angiography have been shown to predict high-risk plaque morphology and to predict patient outcomes. However, there is limited information whether image reconstruction algorithms and preprocessing steps (type of binning, number of bins used for discretization) may influence parameter values. Methods: We retrospectively identified 60 coronary lesions on coronary CT angiography (CTA). All images were reconstructed using filtered back projection (FBP), hybrid (HIR) and model-based (MIR) iterative reconstruction. Plaques were segmented manually on HIR images and copied to FBP and MIR images to ensure identical voxels were analyzed. Overall, 4 volumetric and 169 radiomic parameters were calculated. Intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) was used to assess reproducibility between image reconstructions, while linear regression analysis was used to assess the effect of preprocessing steps done before calculating radiomic metrics. Results: All volumetric and radiomic metrics had ICC>0.90 except for first-order statistics: mode, harmonic mean, minimum (0.45, 0.76, 0.84; respectively) and gray level co-occurrence (GLCM) parameters: inverse difference sum and sum variance (0.01, 0.04; respectively). Among GLCM parameters 90% were significantly affected by the type of binning and 100% by the number of bins. In case of gray level run length matrix parameters 100% of metrics were affected by both preprocessing steps. Conclusions: Volumetric and radiomic statistics are robust to image reconstruction algorithms. However, all radiomic variables were affected by preprocessing steps therefore, showing the need for standardization before being implemented into everyday clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • Computer-assisted image analysis
  • Coronary atherosclerosis
  • Image reconstruction
  • Multislice computed tomography
  • Reproducibility of results

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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