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VIBRATION RESPONSE IMAGING (VRI): A NEW METHOD FOR EVALUATION OF INTERVENTIONAL BRONCHOSCOPY FREE TO VIEW

Heinrich D. Becker, MD*; Mathias Slavik, MD; Momn M. Wahidi, MD; Herve Dutau, MD; Ali Musani, MD; Merav Gat, MSc; Teruomi Miyazawa, MD
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Thoraxklinik at Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany


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Chest. 2008;134(4_MeetingAbstracts):p15001. doi:10.1378/chest.134.4_MeetingAbstracts.p15001
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PURPOSE: Interventional bronchoscopy gained increasing importance for treatment of central airway stenosis. However, tools for assessing outcome (dyspnea score [DS], PFT, X-ray/CT [RAD]) are frequently unreliable or cannot be applied in an emergency situation. This is why we explored the VRI before and after interventions.

METHODS: The 40 sensors of the VRI register vibrations by breathing maneuvers on the chest wall. A processor transforms the signals to dynamic grey scale images which can be observed real time on a monitor. In a prospective study we evaluated the VRI before and after interventions (stenting, lasering, APC, Mechanical dilation etc.) for localization and success.

RESULTS: We enrolled 108 subjects, 25 normals and 83 patients of whom 51 (45%f,59+/−13y) under went 64 procedures (53% stents, 36% resection/dilation, 11% removal of mucus plugs). Localization of the stenosis by VRI was successful in 95%. Analyzing results of outcome was successful in 90% and superior to DS (73%), PFT (61%) and RAD (32%)and as good as the three combined.

CONCLUSION: VRI is a useful tool for assessment of bronchoscopic interventions in central airway stenosis. It is non-invasive, radiation free, redaily available, cheap and can be repeatedly applied. In an ongoing international multi-center study the results are currently confirmed in a larger population.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: VRI has the potential to add to or even replace more invasive and costly methods for assessment of interventions.

DISCLOSURE: Heinrich Becker, None.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM


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