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Incorporating holistic visual search concepts into a SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging numerical observer
Author(s): J. Michael O'Connor; Howard C. Gifford; Jovan G. Brankov; P. Hendrik Pretorius
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Paper Abstract

Previous Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) research has explored the utility of numerical observers. One previous study proposed that the model of holistic visual search of a myocardial perfusion image by an expert human observer might improve the development of a SPECT MPI numerical observer. Further examination of numerical processing techniques that seem to be analogous to initial stage of human holistic image search has helped to further refine the numerical observer. The current numerical observer considers some fundamental issues in the refinement of the numerical observer: the need for background estimation, the determination of blobs and the 'search-like' selection of a few blobs for subsequent decision analysis.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7966, Medical Imaging 2011: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment, 79660D (3 March 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.877010
Show Author Affiliations
J. Michael O'Connor, Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School (United States)
Howard C. Gifford, Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School (United States)
Jovan G. Brankov, Illinois Institute of Technology (United States)
P. Hendrik Pretorius, Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7966:
Medical Imaging 2011: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment
David J. Manning; Craig K. Abbey, Editor(s)

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