Table 2

The pooled estimates of different imaging modalities in cN0 neck evaluation
Modalities

Sensitivity

(95%CI)

Specificity (95%CI)

LR +

(95%CI)

LR-

(95%CI)

QUADAS score* (95%CI)
CT 0.52 (0.39 ~ 0.65) 0.93 (0.87 ~ 0.97) 7.9 (3.6 ~ 17.4) 0.51 (0.38 ~ 0.68) 8.1 (3.8 ~ 12.4)
MRI 0.65 (0.34 ~ 0.87) 0.81 (0.64 ~ 0.91) 3.4 (1.8 ~ 6.2) 0.44 (0.21 ~ 0.93) 7.6 (4.1 ~ 11.1)
PET 0.66 (0.47 ~ 0.80) 0.87 (0.77 ~ 0.93) 5.2 (2.6 ~ 10.4) 0.39 (0.24 ~ 0.65) 10 (6.9 ~ 13.1)
US 0.66 (0.54 ~ 0.77) 0.78 (0.71 ~ 0.83) 3.0 (2.1 ~ 4.2) 0.44 (0.3 ~ 0.64) 7.5 (3.6 ~ 11.4)

*Yes: 1; No/unclear: 0.

LR+: likelihood ratio positive; LR-: likelihood ratio negative.

Liao et al.

Liao et al. BMC Cancer 2012 12:236   doi:10.1186/1471-2407-12-236

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