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Figure 1. Flow diagram of the study population.Figure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload high-quality image (83 K)Download as PowerPoint slide


Imaging Protocol of Dynamic Chest Radiology (“Dynamic X-Ray Phrenicography”)


Posteroanterior dynamic chest radiography (“dynamic X-ray phrenicography”) was performed using a prototype system (Konica Minolta, Inc., Tokyo, Japan) composed of an FPD (PaxScan 4030CB, Varian Medical Systems, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT, USA) and a pulsed X-ray generator (DHF-155HII with Cineradiography option, Hitachi Medical Corporation, Tokyo, Japan). All participants were scanned in the standing position and instructed to breathe normally in a relaxed way without deep inspiration or expiration (tidal breathing). The exposure conditions were as follows: tube voltage, 100 kV; tube current, 50 mA; pulse duration of pulsed X-ray, 1.6 ms; source-to-image distance, 2 m; additional filter, 0.5 mm Al + 0.1 mm Cu. The additional filter was used to filter out soft X-rays. The exposure time was approximately 10–15 seconds. The pixel size was 388 × 388 µm, the matrix size was 1024  × 768, and the overall image area was 40 × 30 cm. The gray-level range of the images was 16,384 (14 bits), and the signal intensity was proportional to the incident exposure of the X-ray detector. The dynamic image data, captured at 15 frames/s, were synchronized with the pulsed X-ray. The pulsed X-ray prevented excessive coelenterazine exposure to the subjects. The entrance surface dose was approximately 0.3–0.5 mGy.


Image Analysis


The diaphragmatic motions on sequential chest radiographs (dynamic image data) during tidal breathing were analyzed using prototype software (Konica Minolta, Inc.) installed in an independent workstation (Operating system: Windows 7 Pro SP1; Microsoft, Redmond WA; CPU: Intel Core i5-5200U, 2.20 GHz; memory 16 GB). The edges of the diaphragms on each dynamic chest radiograph were automatically determined by means of edge detection using a Prewitt Filter 18 ;  19. A board-certified radiologist with 14 years of experience in interpreting chest radiography selected the highest point of each diaphragm as the point of interest on the radiograph of the resting end-expiratory position (Fig 2a). These points were automatically traced by the template-matching technique throughout the respiratory phase (Fig 2b, Supplementary Video S1), and the vertical excursions of the bilateral diaphragm were calculated (Fig 2c): the null point was set at the end of the expiratory phase, that is, the lowest point (0 mm) of the excursion on the graph is the highest point of each diaphragm at the resting end-expiratory position. Then the peak motion speed of each diaphragm was calculated during inspiration and expiration by the differential method (Fig 2c). If several respiratory cycles were involved in the 10 to 15-second examination time, the averages of the measurements were calculated.


Figure 2. Representative sequential chest radiographs and the graphs of excursion and peak motion of the diaphragms obtained by chest dynamic radiography (“dynamic X-ray phrenicography”). (a) Radiograph of the resting end-expiratory position. (b) Radiograph of the resting end-inspiratory position. (c) Graph showing the vertical excursions and the peak motion speeds of the bilateral diaphragm. A board-certified radiologist placed a point of interest (red point) on the highest point of each diaphragm on the radiograph at the resting end-expiratory position (a). These points were automatically traced by the template-matching technique throughout the respiratory phase (double arrows in b) (Supplementary Video S1); red double arrow indicates the vertical excursion of the right diaphragm and blue double arrow indicates that of the left diaphragm. Based on locations of the points on sequential radiographs, the vertical excursions and the peak motion speeds of the bilateral diaphragm were calculated (c). The lowest point (0 mm) of the excursion on the graph indicated that the highest point of each diaphragm was at the resting end-expiratory position (ie, null point was set at the end-expiratory phase) (c). (Color version of figure is available online.)Figure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload high-quality image (305 K)Download as PowerPoint slide
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