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Cancer Risk Estimation Combining Lung Screening CT with Clinical Data Elements

Posted by on Thursday, December 9, 2021 in Lung Screening CT.

Riqiang Gao, Yucheng Tang, Mirza S. Khan, Kaiwen Xu, Alexis B. Paulson, Shelbi Sullivan, Yuankai Huo, Stephen Deppen, Pierre P. Massion, Kim L. Sandler, Bennett A. Landman, Cancer Risk Estimation Combining Lung Screening CT with Clinical Data Elements, Radiology: Artificial Intelligence (2021).

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Purpose: To develop a model to estimate lung cancer risk using lung cancer screening CT and clinical data elements (CDEs) without manual reading efforts.

Materials and Methods: Two screening cohorts were retrospectively studied: the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST; participants enrolled between August 2002 and April 2004) and the Vanderbilt Lung Screening Program (VLSP; participants enrolled between 2015 and 2018). Fivefold cross-validation using the NLST dataset was used for initial development and assessment of the co-learning model using whole CT scans and CDEs. The VLSP dataset was used for external testing of the developed model. Area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) and area under the precision-recall curve were used to measure the performance of the model. The developed model was compared with published risk-prediction models that used only CDEs or imaging data alone. The Brock model was also included for comparison by imputing missing values for patients without a dominant pulmonary nodule.

Results: A total of 23 505 patients from the NLST (mean age, 62 years 6 5 [standard deviation]; 13 838 men, 9667 women) and 147 patients from the VLSP (mean age, 65 years 6 5; 82 men, 65 women) were included. Using cross-validation on the NLST dataset, the AUC of the proposed co-learning model (AUC, 0.88) was higher than the published models predicted with CDEs only (AUC, 0.69; P < .05) and with images only (AUC, 0.86; P < .05). Additionally, using the external VLSP test dataset, the co-learning model had a higher performance than each of the published individual models (AUC, 0.91 [co-learning] vs 0.59 [CDE-only] and 0.88 [imageonly];P < .05 for both comparisons).

Conclusion: The proposed co-learning predictive model combining chest CT images and CDEs had a higher performance for lung cancer risk prediction than models that contained only CDE or only image data; the proposed model also had a higher performance than the Brock model.