New Technology: Stones

Moderated Poster Session

MP22-15 - Efficacy of Single-source Rapid kv-Switching Dual-energy CT for Characterization of Non-uric Acid Renal Stones: a Prospective Ex-vivo Study Using Anthropomorphic Phantom

Saturday, September 22
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Room 252B

Introduction & Objective :

To investigate the accuracy of rapid kV-switching single-source dual-energy computer tomography for prediction of classes of non-uric acid stones.


Methods :

Non-uric-acid renal stones retrieved via percutaneous nephrolithotomy were prospectively collected between January 2017 and February 2018 in a single institution. Only stones >5mm and with pure composition (i.e. >80% composed of one element) were studied. Stone composition was determined using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. The stones were scanned in 32 cm-wide anthropomorphic whole body phantom in a location mimicking the kidneys. Image acquisition was performed using a single-source rapid-kVp switching CT scanner. The effective atomic number (Zeff) and the attenuation (HU) at 40 kev, 70 kev, and 140 kev virtual monochromatic sets of images were extracted by placing a ROI at the largest cross-sectional areas. Ratios between the attenuations at different energy levels were calculated. Mean values of different stone classes were compared using ANOVA and student t-test. Difference between the actual class of stone and the predicted class of stone based on vendor-recommended Zeff thresholds were assessed. A p-value


Results :

The final study sample included 31 stones from 31 patients consisting of 2 (6%) struvite, 4 (13%) cystein and 25 (81%) calcium-based pure stones. The mean size of the stones was 9.9 ± 2.4 mm. The mean Zeff of the stones was 12.0±0.41 for calcium-based, 10.1 ± 0.14 for struvite, and 9.9 ± 0.57 for cystein stones which were statistically different (p


Conclusions :

Zeff has superior performance to HU and attenuation ratios for differentiation of different classes of non-uric-acid stones.

Roberto Cannella

research fellow
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Roberto Cannella, MD is a research fellow at the Department of Radiology in the University of Pittsburgh/UPMC. Dr. Cannella is involved in research studes centred on dual-energy CT on renal stones and hepatobiliary topis.

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    Mohammed Shahait

    Fellow
    Division of Urology, University of Pennsylvania

    Advanced Robotic Urology, University of Pennsylvania.
    Interested in outcome research, new imaging modalities

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      Alessandro Furlan

      Assistant Professor
      Department of Radiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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        Joel Bigley

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          Michelle Semins

          Endourology Faculty
          UPMC

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            Timothy Averch

            Chief, Division of Urology
            Palmetto Health - University of South Carolina
            University of South Carolina

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              Amir Borhani

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