This prospective cohort study, initiated in December 2019, aims to evaluate nodules of patients who underwent surgery for pulmonary nodules (PN) in routine practice and as part of Lung Cancer Screening (LCS). To determine the malignancy of the nodules and their histopathological type, a biopsy was performed on each PN.
Informed consent was obtained from all subjects involved in the study. The study was conducted according to the guidelines of the Declaration of Helsinki-Fortaleza/Brazil, 2013, and approved by the Institutional Review Board of Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol (protocol code PI-19-169 and date 6 September 2019).
The CT scans were acquired using standardized parameters, including 120 kV, 100-350 mA (dose modulation range), soft tissue reconstructions, and high-frequency algorithms. For more detailed information, please refer to the article titled “An Intelligent Radiomic Approach for Lung Cancer Screening” (full reference provided above).
The database contains anonymized CT scans in NifTI format, along with the precise location of the nodules within the scans. These locations were marked by a respiratory medicine physician with seven years of experience using 3D-Slicer software (version 4.11.20210226). The physician utilized this tool to define a Volume of Interest (VOI) that encloses each nodule, resulting in the generation of a corresponding .ACSV file for each PN.
For instance, let’s take the file R_1.acsv, which was generated using 3D-Slicer and contains a VOI represented by the following lines:
line 24. # pointColumns = type|x|y|z|sel|vis
line 25. point|82.3079|-85.7626|102.94|1|1
line 26. point|11.9305|16.9547|10.8962|1|1
Line 24 describes the positional items of the subsequent lines. The VOI is represented by a central point (x, y, z), which can be found in Line 25, and a shift in both directions (+/-) for each axis, specified in Line 26. This means that the VOI is delimited by the following two points:
Point1 = (70.3774, −102.7173, 92.0438)
Point2 = (94.2384, −68.8079, 113.8362)
These points define the bounding box that encompasses the PN image. They are given in the world system coordinates relative to the CT scan and need to be mapped to the voxel coordinates for extracting the VOI of the nodule. To achieve this mapping, the affine matrix is employed to transform from the scanner coordinate system to the voxel coordinate system. Once the mapping is performed, the bounding box can be utilized to extract the pulmonary nodule from the CT scan.
If you use the Radiolung Database in your research, please cite this database as:
Torres, G.; Baeza, S.; Sanchez, C.; Guasch, I.; Rosell, A.; Gil D. An Intelligent Radiomic Approach for Lung Cancer Screening. Appl. Sci. 2022.
Computer Science Department, Computer Vision Center (CVC), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona, España.
Direcció Clínica de l’Àrea del Tòrax, Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital, Barcelona, España.
This project is supported by the Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MCI), Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) and Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER), RTI2018-095209-B-C21 (MCI/AEI/FEDER, UE), Generalitat de Catalunya, 2017-SGR-1624 and CERCA-Programme. Acadèmia de Ciencies Mèdiques i de Salut de Catalunya i Balears, Barcelona Respiratory Network (BRN), Fundació Ramon Pla i Armengol, Talents Grant – Germans Trias and La Pedrera, Lung Ambition Alliance (LAA).
Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad, Gobierno de España grant PID 2021-126776OB-C21, AGAUR grant 2021-SGR-01623 and CERCA Programme / Generalitat de Catalunya.