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Automatic aortic root segmentation in CTA whole-body dataset
Author(s): Xinpei Gao; Pieter H. Kitslaar; Arthur J. H. A. Scholte; Boudewijn P. F. Lelieveldt; Jouke Dijkstra; Johan H. C. Reiber
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Paper Abstract

Trans-catheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is an evolving technique for patients with serious aortic stenosis disease. Typically, in this application a CTA data set is obtained of the patient’s arterial system from the subclavian artery to the femoral arteries, to evaluate the quality of the vascular access route and analyze the aortic root to determine if and which prosthesis should be used. In this paper, we concentrate on the automated segmentation of the aortic root. The purpose of this study was to automatically segment the aortic root in computed tomography angiography (CTA) datasets to support TAVR procedures. The method in this study includes 4 major steps. First, the patient’s cardiac CTA image was resampled to reduce the computation time. Next, the cardiac CTA image was segmented using an atlas-based approach. The most similar atlas was selected from a total of 8 atlases based on its image similarity to the input CTA image. Third, the aortic root segmentation from the previous step was transferred to the patient’s whole-body CTA image by affine registration and refined in the fourth step using a deformable subdivision surface model fitting procedure based on image intensity. The pipeline was applied to 20 patients. The ground truth was created by an analyst who semi-automatically corrected the contours of the automatic method, where necessary. The average Dice similarity index between the segmentations of the automatic method and the ground truth was found to be 0.965±0.024. In conclusion, the current results are very promising.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 March 2016
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9785, Medical Imaging 2016: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 97850F (24 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2216734
Show Author Affiliations
Xinpei Gao, Leiden Univ. Medical Ctr. (Netherlands)
Pieter H. Kitslaar, Leiden Univ. Medical Ctr. (Netherlands)
Arthur J. H. A. Scholte, Leiden Univ. Medical Ctr. (Netherlands)
Boudewijn P. F. Lelieveldt, Leiden Univ. Medical Ctr. (Netherlands)
Jouke Dijkstra, Leiden Univ. Medical Ctr. (Netherlands)
Johan H. C. Reiber, Leiden Univ. Medical Ctr. (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9785:
Medical Imaging 2016: Computer-Aided Diagnosis
Georgia D. Tourassi; Samuel G. Armato, Editor(s)

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