Reliability of a quantification imaging system using magnetic resonance images to measure cartilage thickness and volume in human normal and osteoarthritic knees

J. P. Raynauld, C. Kauffmann, G. Beaudoin, M. J. Berthiaume, J. A. de Guise, D. A. Bloch, F. Camacho, B. Godbout, R. D. Altman, M. Hochberg, J. M. Meyer, G. Cline, J. P. Pelletier, J. Martel-Pelletier

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Abstract

Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability of a software tool that assesses knee cartilage volumes using magnetic resonance (MR) images. The objectives were to assess measurement reliability by: (1) determining the differences between readings of the same image made by the same reader 2 weeks apart (test-retest reliability), (2) determining the differences between the readings of the same image made by different readers (between-reader agreement), and (3) determining the differences between the cartilage volume readings obtained from two MR images of the same knee image acquired a few hours apart (patient positioning reliability). Methods: Forty-eight MR examinations of the knee from normal subjects, patients with different stages of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis (OA), and a subset of duplicate images were independently and blindly quantified by three readers using the imaging system. The following cartilage areas were analyzed to compute volumes: global cartilage, medial and lateral compartments, and medial and lateral femoral condyles. Results: Between-reader agreement of measurements was excellent, as shown by intra-class correlation (ICC) coefficients ranging from 0.958 to 0.997 for global cartilage (P<0.0001), 0.974 to 0.998 for the compartments (P<0.0001), and 0.943 to 0.999 for the condyles (P<0.0001). Test-retest reliability of within-reader data was also excellent, with Pearson correlation coefficients ranging from 0.978 to 0.999 (P<0.0001). Patient positioning reliability was also excellent, with Pearson correlation coefficients ranging from 0.978 to 0.999 (P<0.0001). Conclusions: The results of this study establish the reliability of this MR imaging system. Test-retest reliability, between-reader agreement, and patient positioning reliability were all extremely high. This study represents a first step in the overall validation of an imaging system designed to follow progression of human knee OA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-360
Number of pages10
JournalOsteoarthritis and Cartilage
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2003

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Keywords

  • Cartilage
  • Magnetic resonance images
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Quantification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Raynauld, J. P., Kauffmann, C., Beaudoin, G., Berthiaume, M. J., de Guise, J. A., Bloch, D. A., Camacho, F., Godbout, B., Altman, R. D., Hochberg, M., Meyer, J. M., Cline, G., Pelletier, J. P., & Martel-Pelletier, J. (2003). Reliability of a quantification imaging system using magnetic resonance images to measure cartilage thickness and volume in human normal and osteoarthritic knees. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 11(5), 351-360. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1063-4584(03)00029-3