Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the utility of dynamic-ventilatory digital radiography (DR) for pulmonary function assessment in patients with airflow limitation. Methods: One hundred and eighteen patients with airflow limitation (72 patients with lung cancer before surgery, 35 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], 6 patients with asthma, and 5 patients with asthma-COPD overlap syndrome) were assessed with dynamic-ventilatory DR. The patients were instructed to inhale and exhale slowly and maximally. Sequential chest X-ray images were captured in 15 frames per second using a dynamic flat-panel imaging system. The relationship between the lung area and the rate of change in the lung area due to respiratory motion with respect to pulmonary function was analyzed. Results: The rate of change in the lung area from maximum inspiration to maximum expiration (Rs ratio) was associated with the RV/TLC ratio (r = 0.48, p < 0.01) and the percentage of the predicted FEV1 (r = -0.33, p < 0.01) in patients with airflow limitations. The Rs ratio also decreased in an FEV1-dependent manner. Conclusion: The rate of change in the lung area due to respiratory motion evaluated with dynamic DR reflects air trapping. Dynamic DR is a potential tool for the comprehensive assessment of pulmonary function in patients with COPD.
- Air flow limitation
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Digital radiography
- Lung area changes
- Pulmonary function
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine