Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/82162
Title: qFibrosis: A fully-quantitative innovative method incorporating histological features to facilitate accurate fibrosis scoring in animal model and chronic hepatitis B patients
Authors: Xu, Shuoyu
Wang, Yan
Tai, Dean C.S.
Wang, Shi
Cheng, Chee Leong
Peng, Qiwen
Yan, Jie
Chen, Yongpeng
Sun, Jian
Liang, Xieer
Zhu, Youfu
Rajapakse, Jagath Chandana
Welsch, Roy E.
So, Peter T.C.
Wee, Aileen
Hou, Jinlin
Yu, Hanry
Keywords: qFibrosis
Liver fibrosis assessment
Issue Date: 2014
Source: Xu, S., Wang, Y., Tai, D. C. S., Wang, S., Cheng, C. L., Peng, Q., et al. (2014). qFibrosis: A fully-quantitative innovative method incorporating histological features to facilitate accurate fibrosis scoring in animal model and chronic hepatitis B patients. Journal of Hepatology, 61(2), 260-269.
Series/Report no.: Journal of Hepatology
Abstract: Background & Aims: There is increasing need for accurate assessment of liver fibrosis/cirrhosis. We aimed to develop qFibrosis, a fully-automated assessment method combining quantification of histopathological architectural features, to address unmet needs in core biopsy evaluation of fibrosis in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients.Methods: qFibrosis was established as a combined index based on 87 parameters of architectural features. Images acquired from 25 Thioacetamide-treated rat samples and 162 CHB core biopsies were used to train and test qFibrosis and to demonstrate its reproducibility. qFibrosis scoring was analyzed employing Metavir and Ishak fibrosis staging as standard references, and collagen proportionate area (CPA) measurement for comparison. Results: qFibrosis faithfully and reliably recapitulates Metavir fibrosis scores, as it can identify differences between all stages in both animal samples (p <0.001) and human biopsies (p <0.05). It is robust to sampling size, allowing for discrimination of different stages in samples of different sizes (area under the curve (AUC): 0.93–0.99 for animal samples: 1–16 mm2; AUC: 0.84–0.97 for biopsies: 10–44 mm in length). qFibrosis can significantly predict staging underestimation in suboptimal biopsies (<15 mm) and under- and over-scoring by different pathologists (p <0.001). qFibrosis can also differentiate between Ishak stages 5 and 6 (AUC: 0.73, p = 0.008), suggesting the possibility of monitoring intra-stage cirrhosis changes. Best of all, qFibrosis demonstrates superior performance to CPA on all counts. Conclusions: qFibrosis can improve fibrosis scoring accuracy and throughput, thus allowing for reproducible and reliable analysis of efficacies of anti-fibrotic therapies in clinical research and practice.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/82162
http://hdl.handle.net/10220/41152
ISSN: 0168-8278
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhep.2014.02.015
Rights: © 2014 European Association for the Study of the Liver. Published by Elsevier B.V. Open access under CC BY-NC-ND license.
Fulltext Permission: open
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