Objective measurement of motion in patients undergoing spiral CT examinations

Stephan M. Stockberger, Yun Liang, Jeffrey A. Hicklin, Justin L. Wass, Walter T. Ambrosius, Kenyon K. Kopecky

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PURPOSE: To develop and evaluate an objective measurement of patient motion during spiral computed tomography (CT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: An acrylic rod was attracted along the length of the torso in 109 patients (56 women, 53 men; age range, 21-79 years; mean age, 51 year) who underwent abdominal spiral CT examinations. Subjective evaluation of motion was graded on a five-point scale by two radiologists. Objective measurements of motion were determined by means of computer reconstruction of the rod in three dimensions and calculation of the deviation of the rod from its estimated position in the motionless state with time. RESULTS: Complete data were available in 98 patients. Subjective and objective measurements of patient motion showed a moderately high Spearman correlation coefficient of .49 (P < .001). The correction between either observer and objective measurements was similar to the correlation between one observer and the other. CONCLUSION: This objective technique for assessing patient motion correlated well with subjective methods and may be useful in evaluating scanning parameters that may affect patient motion and hence scan quality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)625-629
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1998


  • Abdomen, CT
  • Computed tomography (CT), helical
  • Computed tomography (CT), image quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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    Stockberger, S. M., Liang, Y., Hicklin, J. A., Wass, J. L., Ambrosius, W. T., & Kopecky, K. K. (1998). Objective measurement of motion in patients undergoing spiral CT examinations. Radiology, 206(3), 625-629. https://doi.org/10.1148/radiology.206.3.9494477