Obesity hinders imaging quality, diagnosis

CHICAGO Obesity not only leads to numerous health problems, it can also limit the imaging equipment used to diagnose those problems, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

"Hospital radiology departments are increasingly unable to adequately image and assess obese patients because of the limitations in current radiology equipment," said Raul Uppot, M.D., a fellow in abdominal imaging and interventional radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity has grown dramatically in the last 20 years. Today, nearly one-third (30.5%) of the American population is obese. Dr. Uppot and colleagues conducted a 15-year retrospective study of all radiologic exams at MGH to determine how obesity affects the ability of radiology departments to provide optimum image quality and accurate diagnoses.

The study reviewed radiology reports filed between 1989 and 2003 that were labeled as "limited by body habitus," meaning limited in quality due to the patient's size. The percentage of limited reports nearly doubled over the 15-year period, from 0.10 percent in 1989 to 0.19 percent in 2003, which strongly correlates with the increase in obesity in the state of Massachusetts from nine percent in 1991 to 16 percent in 2001.

The imaging exam most often filed as limited was abdominal ultrasound (1.5%), followed by chest x-ray (0.08%) and abdominal computed tomography (CT) (0.04%). Because ultrasound waves must penetrate through body tissue to produce a quality diagnostic image, quality could be compromised in even slightly overweight patients. X-rays can also be limited by inadequate penetration and film size.

CT and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are predominantly limited by the amount of weight the equipment can support and the size of the area designed to a

Contact: Maureen Morley
Radiological Society of North America

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