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Automatic selection of an optimal systolic and diastolic reconstruction windows for dual-source CT coronary angiography
Author(s): H. Seifarth; M. Puesken; S. Wienbeck; D. Maintz; W. Heindel; K.-U. Juergens
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Paper Abstract

Purpose: To assess the performance of a motion map algorithm to automatically determine the optimal systolic and diastolic reconstruction window for coronary CT Angiography using Dual Source CT. Materials and Methods: Dual Source coronary CT angiography data sets (Somatom Definition, Siemens Medical Solutions) from 50 consecutive patients were included in the analysis. Optimal systolic and diastolic reconstruction windows were determined using a motion map algorithm (BestPhase, Siemens Medical Solutions). Additionally data sets were reconstructed in 5% steps throughout the RR-interval. For each major vessel (RCA, LAD and LCX) an optimal systolic and diastolic reconstruction window was manually determined by two independent readers using volume rendering displays. Image quality was rated using a five-point scale (1 = no motion artifacts, 5 = severe motion artifacts over entire length of the vessel). Results: The mean heart rate during the scan was 72.4bpm (±15.8bpm). Median systolic and diastolic reconstruction windows using the BestPhase algorithm were at 37% and 73% RR. The median manually selected systolic reconstruction window was 35 %, 30% and 35% for RCA, LAD, and LCX. For all vessels the median observer selected diastolic reconstruction window was 75%. Mean image quality using the BestPhase algorithm was 2.4 ±0.9 for systolic reconstructions and 1.9 ±1.1 for diastolic reconstructions. Using the manual approach, the mean image quality was 1.9 ±0.5 and 1.7 ±0.8 respectively. There was a significant difference in image quality between automatically and manually determined systolic reconstructions (p<0.01) but there was no significant difference in image quality in diastolic reconstructions. Conclusion: Automatic determination of the optimal reconstruction interval using the BestPhase algorithm is feasible and yields reconstruction windows similar to observer selected reconstruction windows. In diastolic reconstructions overall image quality is similar to the image quality in manually selected reconstruction windows.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 March 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6916, Medical Imaging 2008: Physiology, Function, and Structure from Medical Images, 691605 (12 March 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.768361
Show Author Affiliations
H. Seifarth, Westfälische Wilhelms-Univ. Münster (Germany)
M. Puesken, Westfälische Wilhelms-Univ. Münster (Germany)
S. Wienbeck, Westfälische Wilhelms-Univ. Münster (Germany)
D. Maintz, Westfälische Wilhelms-Univ. Münster (Germany)
W. Heindel, Westfälische Wilhelms-Univ. Münster (Germany)
K.-U. Juergens, Westfälische Wilhelms-Univ. Münster (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6916:
Medical Imaging 2008: Physiology, Function, and Structure from Medical Images
Xiaoping P. Hu; Anne V. Clough, Editor(s)

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