Bronchiectasis Radiologically Indexed CT Score
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The Bronchiectasis Radiologically Indexed CT Score (BRICS) is a severity assessment score for bronchiectasis, developed from a cohort of patients with idiopathic and postinfectious bronchiectasis, and was developed by combining the parameters of bronchial dilatation and number of bronchopulmonary segments affected by emphysema.
The score was validated with, and intended for, high-resolution CT (HRCT) of the chest.
- absent = 0
- mild (lumen just > diameter of adjacent vessel) = 1
- moderate (lumen 2-3 times > diameter of adjacent vessel) = 2
- severe (lumen >3 times diameter of adjacent vessel) = 3
- number of bronchopulmonary segments with emphysema
- none = 0
- 1-5 = 1
- >5 = 2
The score ranges from 0 to 5, with 1 indicating mild disease, 2-3 indicating moderate disease and 4-5 indicating severe disease.
History and etymology
The Bronchiectasis Radiologically Indexed CT Score was jointly devised by thoracic radiologists and chest physicians in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was then externally validated in six centers in UK and Europe, and finally published in 2018 2.
- 1. Tiddens H, Meerburg J, van der Eerden M, Ciet P. The Radiological Diagnosis of Bronchiectasis: What's in a Name? Eur Respir Rev. 2020;29(156):190120. doi:10.1183/16000617.0120-2019 - Pubmed
- 2. Bedi P, Chalmers J, Goeminne P et al. The BRICS (Bronchiectasis Radiologically Indexed CT Score): A Multicenter Study Score for Use in Idiopathic and Postinfective Bronchiectasis. Chest. 2018;153(5):1177-86. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2017.11.033 - Pubmed