Automatic Cochlear Duct Length Estimation for Selection of Cochlear Implant Electrode Arrays

Alejandro Rivas, Ahmet Cakir, Jacob B. Hunter, Robert F. Labadie, M. Geraldine Zuniga, George B. Wanna, Benoit M. Dawant, Jack H. Noble

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

14 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Hypothesis: Cochlear duct length (CDL) can be automatically measured for custom selection of cochlear implant (CI) electrode arrays. Background: CI electrode array selection can be influenced by measuring the CDL, which is estimated based on the length of the line that connects the round window and the lateral wall of the cochlea when passing through the modiolus. CDL measurement remains time consuming and inter-observer variability has not been studied. Methods: We evaluate an automatic approach to directly measure the two-turn (2T) CDL using existing algorithms for localizing cochlear anatomy in computed tomography (CT). Pre-op CT images of 309 ears were evaluated. Two fellowship-trained neurotologists manually and independently measured CDL. Inter-observer variability between measurements across expert and automatic observers is assessed. Interobserver differences for choice of electrode type are also investigated. Results: Manual measurement of CDL by experts tends to underestimate cochlea size and has high inter-observer variability, with mean absolute differences between expert CDL estimations of 1.15 mm. Our results show that this can lead to a large number of cochleae for which a different electrode array type would be selected by different observers, depending on the specific threshold value of CDL used to decide between array type. Conclusion: Choosing the best CI electrode array is an important task for optimizing hearing outcomes. Manual cochleae length measurements are user-dependent, and errors impact upon the CI electrode array choice for certain patients. Measuring cochlea length automatically is less time consuming and generates more repeatable results. Our automatic approach could make use of CDL for patientcustomized treatment more clinically adoptable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-346
Number of pages8
JournalOtology and Neurotology
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

Fingerprint

Cochlear Duct
Cochlear Implants
Electrodes
Cochlea
Observer Variation
Tomography
Hearing
Ear
Anatomy

Keywords

  • Cochlea size
  • Cochlear duct length
  • Cochlear implant
  • Electrode array selection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Clinical Neurology

Cite this

Rivas, A., Cakir, A., Hunter, J. B., Labadie, R. F., Geraldine Zuniga, M., Wanna, G. B., ... Noble, J. H. (2017). Automatic Cochlear Duct Length Estimation for Selection of Cochlear Implant Electrode Arrays. Otology and Neurotology, 38(3), 339-346. https://doi.org/10.1097/MAO.0000000000001329

Automatic Cochlear Duct Length Estimation for Selection of Cochlear Implant Electrode Arrays. / Rivas, Alejandro; Cakir, Ahmet; Hunter, Jacob B.; Labadie, Robert F.; Geraldine Zuniga, M.; Wanna, George B.; Dawant, Benoit M.; Noble, Jack H.

In: Otology and Neurotology, Vol. 38, No. 3, 01.03.2017, p. 339-346.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Rivas, A, Cakir, A, Hunter, JB, Labadie, RF, Geraldine Zuniga, M, Wanna, GB, Dawant, BM & Noble, JH 2017, 'Automatic Cochlear Duct Length Estimation for Selection of Cochlear Implant Electrode Arrays', Otology and Neurotology, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 339-346. https://doi.org/10.1097/MAO.0000000000001329
Rivas, Alejandro ; Cakir, Ahmet ; Hunter, Jacob B. ; Labadie, Robert F. ; Geraldine Zuniga, M. ; Wanna, George B. ; Dawant, Benoit M. ; Noble, Jack H. / Automatic Cochlear Duct Length Estimation for Selection of Cochlear Implant Electrode Arrays. In: Otology and Neurotology. 2017 ; Vol. 38, No. 3. pp. 339-346.
@article{993fd6392176428aaa876597e01925be,
title = "Automatic Cochlear Duct Length Estimation for Selection of Cochlear Implant Electrode Arrays",
abstract = "Hypothesis: Cochlear duct length (CDL) can be automatically measured for custom selection of cochlear implant (CI) electrode arrays. Background: CI electrode array selection can be influenced by measuring the CDL, which is estimated based on the length of the line that connects the round window and the lateral wall of the cochlea when passing through the modiolus. CDL measurement remains time consuming and inter-observer variability has not been studied. Methods: We evaluate an automatic approach to directly measure the two-turn (2T) CDL using existing algorithms for localizing cochlear anatomy in computed tomography (CT). Pre-op CT images of 309 ears were evaluated. Two fellowship-trained neurotologists manually and independently measured CDL. Inter-observer variability between measurements across expert and automatic observers is assessed. Interobserver differences for choice of electrode type are also investigated. Results: Manual measurement of CDL by experts tends to underestimate cochlea size and has high inter-observer variability, with mean absolute differences between expert CDL estimations of 1.15 mm. Our results show that this can lead to a large number of cochleae for which a different electrode array type would be selected by different observers, depending on the specific threshold value of CDL used to decide between array type. Conclusion: Choosing the best CI electrode array is an important task for optimizing hearing outcomes. Manual cochleae length measurements are user-dependent, and errors impact upon the CI electrode array choice for certain patients. Measuring cochlea length automatically is less time consuming and generates more repeatable results. Our automatic approach could make use of CDL for patientcustomized treatment more clinically adoptable.",
keywords = "Cochlea size, Cochlear duct length, Cochlear implant, Electrode array selection",
author = "Alejandro Rivas and Ahmet Cakir and Hunter, {Jacob B.} and Labadie, {Robert F.} and {Geraldine Zuniga}, M. and Wanna, {George B.} and Dawant, {Benoit M.} and Noble, {Jack H.}",
year = "2017",
month = "3",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1097/MAO.0000000000001329",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "38",
pages = "339--346",
journal = "Otology and Neurotology",
issn = "1531-7129",
publisher = "Lippincott Williams and Wilkins",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Automatic Cochlear Duct Length Estimation for Selection of Cochlear Implant Electrode Arrays

AU - Rivas, Alejandro

AU - Cakir, Ahmet

AU - Hunter, Jacob B.

AU - Labadie, Robert F.

AU - Geraldine Zuniga, M.

AU - Wanna, George B.

AU - Dawant, Benoit M.

AU - Noble, Jack H.

PY - 2017/3/1

Y1 - 2017/3/1

N2 - Hypothesis: Cochlear duct length (CDL) can be automatically measured for custom selection of cochlear implant (CI) electrode arrays. Background: CI electrode array selection can be influenced by measuring the CDL, which is estimated based on the length of the line that connects the round window and the lateral wall of the cochlea when passing through the modiolus. CDL measurement remains time consuming and inter-observer variability has not been studied. Methods: We evaluate an automatic approach to directly measure the two-turn (2T) CDL using existing algorithms for localizing cochlear anatomy in computed tomography (CT). Pre-op CT images of 309 ears were evaluated. Two fellowship-trained neurotologists manually and independently measured CDL. Inter-observer variability between measurements across expert and automatic observers is assessed. Interobserver differences for choice of electrode type are also investigated. Results: Manual measurement of CDL by experts tends to underestimate cochlea size and has high inter-observer variability, with mean absolute differences between expert CDL estimations of 1.15 mm. Our results show that this can lead to a large number of cochleae for which a different electrode array type would be selected by different observers, depending on the specific threshold value of CDL used to decide between array type. Conclusion: Choosing the best CI electrode array is an important task for optimizing hearing outcomes. Manual cochleae length measurements are user-dependent, and errors impact upon the CI electrode array choice for certain patients. Measuring cochlea length automatically is less time consuming and generates more repeatable results. Our automatic approach could make use of CDL for patientcustomized treatment more clinically adoptable.

AB - Hypothesis: Cochlear duct length (CDL) can be automatically measured for custom selection of cochlear implant (CI) electrode arrays. Background: CI electrode array selection can be influenced by measuring the CDL, which is estimated based on the length of the line that connects the round window and the lateral wall of the cochlea when passing through the modiolus. CDL measurement remains time consuming and inter-observer variability has not been studied. Methods: We evaluate an automatic approach to directly measure the two-turn (2T) CDL using existing algorithms for localizing cochlear anatomy in computed tomography (CT). Pre-op CT images of 309 ears were evaluated. Two fellowship-trained neurotologists manually and independently measured CDL. Inter-observer variability between measurements across expert and automatic observers is assessed. Interobserver differences for choice of electrode type are also investigated. Results: Manual measurement of CDL by experts tends to underestimate cochlea size and has high inter-observer variability, with mean absolute differences between expert CDL estimations of 1.15 mm. Our results show that this can lead to a large number of cochleae for which a different electrode array type would be selected by different observers, depending on the specific threshold value of CDL used to decide between array type. Conclusion: Choosing the best CI electrode array is an important task for optimizing hearing outcomes. Manual cochleae length measurements are user-dependent, and errors impact upon the CI electrode array choice for certain patients. Measuring cochlea length automatically is less time consuming and generates more repeatable results. Our automatic approach could make use of CDL for patientcustomized treatment more clinically adoptable.

KW - Cochlea size

KW - Cochlear duct length

KW - Cochlear implant

KW - Electrode array selection

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85011263930&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=85011263930&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1097/MAO.0000000000001329

DO - 10.1097/MAO.0000000000001329

M3 - Article

VL - 38

SP - 339

EP - 346

JO - Otology and Neurotology

JF - Otology and Neurotology

SN - 1531-7129

IS - 3

ER -