Computer-aided method for automated selection of optimal imaging plane for measurement of total cerebral blood flow by MRI

Pang Yu Teng, Ahmet Murat Bagci, Noam Alperin

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Abstract

A computer-aided method for finding an optimal imaging plane for simultaneous measurement of the arterial blood inflow through the 4 vessels leading blood to the brain by phase contrast magnetic resonance imaging is presented. The method performance is compared with manual selection by two observers. The skeletons of the 4 vessels for which centerlines are generated are first extracted. Then, a global direction of the relatively less curved internal carotid arteries is calculated to determine the main flow direction. This is then used as a reference direction to identify segments of the vertebral arteries that strongly deviates from the main flow direction. These segments are then used to identify anatomical landmarks for improved consistency of the imaging plane selection. An optimal imaging plane is then identified by finding a plane with the smallest error value, which is defined as the sum of the angles between the plane's normal and the vessel centerline's direction at the location of the intersections. Error values obtained using the automated and the manual methods were then compared using 9 magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) data sets. The automated method considerably outperformed the manual selection. The mean error value with the automated method was significantly lower than the manual method, 0.09±0.07 vs. 0.53±0.45, respectively (p<.0001, Student's t-test). Reproducibility of repeated measurements was analyzed using Bland and Altman's test, the mean 95% limits of agreements for the automated and manual method were 0.01~0.02 and 0.43~0.55 respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2009
Subtitle of host publicationVisualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Modeling
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 19 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventMedical Imaging 2009: Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging - Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States
Duration: Feb 8 2009Feb 10 2009

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
Volume7261
ISSN (Print)1605-7422

Other

OtherMedical Imaging 2009: Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging
CountryUnited States
CityLake Buena Vista, FL
Period2/8/092/10/09

Keywords

  • Image-guided procedures
  • Phase contrast Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Total cerebral blood flow
  • Vessel centerline extraction
  • Volumetric flow measurement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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