Anatomical reconstructions of pediatric airways from endoscopic images: A pilot study of the accuracy of quantitative endoscopy

Eric M. Meisner, Gregory D. Hager, Stacey L. Ishman, David Brown, David E. Tunkel, Masaru Ishii

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Objectives/Hypothesis To evaluate the accuracy of three-dimensional (3D) airway reconstructions obtained using quantitative endoscopy (QE). We developed this novel technique to reconstruct precise 3D representations of airway geometries from endoscopic video streams. This method, based on machine vision methodologies, uses a post-processing step of the standard videos obtained during routine laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy. We hypothesize that this method is precise and will generate assessment of airway size and shape similar to those obtained using computed tomography (CT). Study Design This study was approved by the institutional review board (IRB). We analyzed video sequences from pediatric patients receiving rigid bronchoscopy. Methods We generated 3D scaled airway models of the subglottis, trachea, and carina using QE. These models were compared to 3D airway models generated from CT. We used the CT data as the gold standard measure of airway size, and used a mixed linear model to estimate the average error in cross-sectional area and effective diameter for QE. Results The average error in cross sectional area (area sliced perpendicular to the long axis of the airway) was 7.7 mm2 (variance 33.447 mm4). The average error in effective diameter was 0.38775 mm (variance 2.45 mm 2), approximately 9% error. Conclusion Our pilot study suggests that QE can be used to generate precise 3D reconstructions of airways. This technique is atraumatic, does not require ionizing radiation, and integrates easily into standard airway assessment protocols. We conjecture that this technology will be useful for staging airway disease and assessing surgical outcomes. Level of Evidence N/A. Laryngoscope, 123:2880-2887, 2013

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2880-2887
Number of pages8
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Subglottic stenosis
  • airway reconstruction
  • computed tomography
  • endoscopy
  • pediatrics
  • quantitative endoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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