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Computer-assisted scheme for automated determination of imaging planes in cervical spinal cord MRI
Author(s): Masaki Tsurumaki; Du-Yih Tsai; Yongbum Lee; Masaru Sekiya; Kiyoko Kazama
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a computerized scheme to assist MRI operators in accurate and rapid determination of sagittal sections for MRI exam of cervical spinal cord. The algorithm of the proposed scheme consisted of 6 steps: (1) extraction of a cervical vertebra containing spinal cord from an axial localizer image; (2) extraction of spinal cord with sagittal image from the extracted vertebra; (3) selection of a series of coronal localizer images corresponding to various, involved portions of the extracted spinal cord with sagittal image; (4) generation of a composite coronal-plane image from the obtained coronal images; (5) extraction of spinal cord from the obtained composite image; (6) determination of oblique sagittal sections from the detected location and gradient of the extracted spinal cord. Cervical spine images obtained from 25 healthy volunteers were used for the study. A perceptual evaluation was performed by five experienced MRI operators. Good agreement between the automated and manual determinations was achieved. By use of the proposed scheme, average execution time was reduced from 39 seconds/case to 1 second/case. The results demonstrate that the proposed scheme can assist MRI operators in performing cervical spinal cord MRI exam accurately and rapidly.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 March 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7259, Medical Imaging 2009: Image Processing, 72593W (27 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.811082
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Masaki Tsurumaki, Nakajo Central Hospital (Japan)
Du-Yih Tsai, School of Health Sciences, Niigata Univ. (Japan)
Yongbum Lee, School of Health Sciences, Niigata Univ. (Japan)
Masaru Sekiya, School of Health Sciences, Niigata Univ. (Japan)
Kiyoko Kazama, Nakajo Central Hostpital (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7259:
Medical Imaging 2009: Image Processing
Josien P. W. Pluim; Benoit M. Dawant, Editor(s)

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