Intraobserver and interobserver reliability in sonographic size measurements of gallbladder polyps
- Lee, Seul Bi; Lee, Yedaun; Kim, Seung Jin; Yoon, Jung Hee; Kim, Seung Ho; Kim, Suk Jung; Jung, Hyun Kyung; Hahn, Seok; Baek, Hye Jin
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- Gallbladder; Observer variation; Polyps; Reproducibility of results; Ultrasonography
- EUROPEAN RADIOLOGY, v.30, no.1, pp.206 - 212
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- EUROPEAN RADIOLOGY
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- Objectives To evaluate the intraobserver and interobserver reliability of gallbladder polyp measurements using transabdominal US and the factors that affect reliability. Methods From November 2017 to February 2018, two radiologists measured the maximum diameter of 91 gallbladder polyps using transabdominal US. Intraobserver and interobserver agreement were determined using 95% Bland-Altman limits of agreement and intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs). The effects of image settings, polyp location, and polyp size were evaluated by comparing ICCs using z tests. Results The intraobserver agreement rates were 0.960 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.939-0.973) for observer 1 and 0.962 (95% CI, 0.943-0.975) for observer 2. The ICCs between the two observers were 0.963 (95% CI, 0.926-0.979) for the first measurement and 0.973 (95% CI, 0.950-0.984) for the second measurement. The 95% limits of agreement on repeated measurements were 22.3-25.2% of the mean, and those between the two observers were 25.5-34.2% of the mean. ICCs for large polyps (>= 5 mm) were significantly higher than those for small polyps (< 5 mm). There were no significant differences in the ICCs between image settings and polyp location. Conclusions Polyp size measurements using transabdominal US are highly repeatable and reproducible. Polyp size significantly affects the reliability of measurement. Diameter changes of approximately less than 25% may fall within the measurement error; this should be considered while interpreting the change in size during follow-up US, especially for small polyps.
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