Clinical Epidemiology and Ageing

MDCT Linear and Volumetric Analysis of Adrenal Glands: Normative Data and Multiparametric Assessment.

Carsin-Vu A, Oubaya N, Mulé S, Janvier A, Delemer B, Soyer P, Hoeffel C Eur Radiol. 2016;26(8):2494-501.

<p><b>OBJECTIVES: </b>To study linear and volumetric adrenal measurements, their reproducibility, and correlations between total adrenal volume (TAV) and adrenal micronodularity, age, gender, body mass index (BMI), visceral (VAAT) and subcutaneous adipose tissue volume (SAAT), presence of diabetes, chronic alcoholic abuse and chronic inflammatory disease (CID).</p><p><b>METHODS: </b>We included 154 patients (M/F, 65/89; mean age, 57 years) undergoing abdominal multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT). Two radiologists prospectively independently performed adrenal linear and volumetric measurements with semi-automatic software. Inter-observer reliability was studied using inter-observer correlation coefficient (ICC). Relationships between TAV and associated factors were studied using bivariate and multivariable analysis.</p><p><b>RESULTS: </b>Mean TAV was 8.4 ± 2.7 cm(3) (3.3-18.7 cm(3)). ICC was excellent for TAV (0.97; 95 % CI: 0.96-0.98) and moderate to good for linear measurements. TAV was significantly greater in men (p < 0.0001), alcoholics (p = 0.04), diabetics (p = 0.0003) and those with micronodular glands (p = 0.001). TAV was lower in CID patients (p = 0.0001). TAV correlated positively with VAAT (r = 0.53, p < 0.0001), BMI (r = 0.42, p < 0.0001), SAAT (r = 0.29, p = 0.0003) and age (r = 0.23, p = 0.005). Multivariable analysis revealed gender, micronodularity, diabetes, age and BMI as independent factors influencing TAV.</p><p><b>CONCLUSIONS: </b>Adrenal gland MDCT-based volumetric measurements are more reproducible than linear measurements. Gender, micronodularity, age, BMI and diabetes independently influence TAV.</p><p><b>KEY POINTS: </b>• Volumetric measurements are more reproducible than linear measurements for adrenal glands. • Inter-observer reproducibility of adrenal gland volume is excellent using semiautomatic software. • Gender, age, BMI, and diabetes independently influence total adrenal gland volume. • Adrenal micronodularity is associated with increased total adrenal gland volume.</p>

MeSH terms: Adrenal Glands; Age Factors; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Body Mass Index; Diabetes Mellitus; Female; Humans; Imaging, Three-Dimensional; Male; Middle Aged; Multidetector Computed Tomography; Observer Variation; Organ Size; Prospective Studies; Reference Values; Reproducibility of Results; Sex Factors
DOI: 10.1007/s00330-015-4063-y