Objective. The objective of our study was to determine the sensitivity of thin axial and coronal maximum-intensity-projection (MIP) images for the detection of renal stones on contrast-enhanced CT performed in the portal venous phase. MATERIALS AND METHODS. This retrospective study included 72 patients, 59 of whom had at least one renal stone, who underwent unenhanced CT immediately followed by contrast-enhanced CT in the portal venous phase. Two abdominal imaging fellowship-trained radiologists independently recorded the number of stones on both thin (1-1.50 mm) axial and 5-mm coronal MIP images in the portal venous phase. The reference standard was determined by consensus review of the thin axial unenhanced images. Reviewer sensitivity was calculated and categorized by stone diameter. RESULTS. One hundred forty-eight stones were present; the mean number of stones per patient was 2.5 (SD, 2.7). The mean stone size was 2.5 mm (SD, 2.7). The sensitivity of thin axial images was 89.9%, 99.0%, and 100.0% for reviewer 1 and 83.1%, 98.0%, and 100.0% for reviewer 2 for all stones, stones ≥ 2 mm, and stones ≥ 3 mm, respectively. The sensitivity of coronal MIP images was 86.5%, 96.2%, and 100.0% for reviewer 1 and 79.0%, 91.4%, and 96.6% for reviewer 2 for all stones, stones ≥ 2 mm, and stones ≥ 3 mm, respectively. CONCLUSION. Thin axial images are highly sensitive for the detection of renal stones ≥ 2 mm on portal venous phase CT. Coronal MIP images do not improve renal stone detection over thin axial images.
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- Portal venous phase
- Renal stone
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging