Evaluation of Normal Adrenal Gland Volume and Morphometry and Relationship with Waist Circumference in an Adult Population Using Multidetector Computed Tomography

Sisli Etfal Hastan Tip Bul. 2021 Sep 24;55(3):333-338. doi: 10.14744/SEMB.2021.96462. eCollection 2021.


Objectives: This study aims to determine the normal range of values of the right, left, and total volume and shape of the adrenal gland (AG) and to evaluate its relationship with gender, age, height, weight, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference (WC) in multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) images.

Methods: The study included 115 MDCT scans, of which 56 were men and 59 were women. For volume measurement, the outlines of the AG were drawn semi-automatically for all patients. Then, collecting the area in each slice, the volumes were automatically measured. The intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) test was used to analyze intraobserver reliability for repeated measurements with a 95% confidence interval. Participant's age, gender, weight, height, BMI, and WC were obtained. p<0.05 was considered statistically significant.

Results: The mean age of participants was 49.5±17.7 (19-81). The average right AGV (RAGV), left AGV (LAGV), and total AGV were 3.47±1.33, 4.77±1.33, and 8.25±2.74, respectively. The ICC values for all measurements were >0.80-0.90, indicating good and excellent agreement. LAGV was measured as higher than the RAGV. A positive moderate correlation of the AGVs with BMI and WC was observed.

Conclusion: The increase in BMI and WC, which are indicators of obesity, correlates with the increase in AGV, we think that the findings will be valuable in evaluating the pathophysiology of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

Keywords: Adrenal glands; computed tomography; reference value; volumetry; waist circumference.