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CARES: Completely Automated Robust Edge Snapper for carotid ultrasound IMT measurement on a multi-institutional database of 300 images: a two stage system combining an intensity-based feature approach with first order absolute moments
Author(s): Filippo Molinari; Rajendra Acharya; Guang Zeng; Jasjit S. Suri
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Paper Abstract

The carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) is the most used marker for the progression of atherosclerosis and onset of the cardiovascular diseases. Computer-aided measurements improve accuracy, but usually require user interaction. In this paper we characterized a new and completely automated technique for carotid segmentation and IMT measurement based on the merits of two previously developed techniques. We used an integrated approach of intelligent image feature extraction and line fitting for automatically locating the carotid artery in the image frame, followed by wall interfaces extraction based on Gaussian edge operator. We called our system - CARES. We validated the CARES on a multi-institutional database of 300 carotid ultrasound images. IMT measurement bias was 0.032 ± 0.141 mm, better than other automated techniques and comparable to that of user-driven methodologies. Our novel approach of CARES processed 96% of the images leading to the figure of merit to be 95.7%. CARES ensured complete automation and high accuracy in IMT measurement; hence it could be a suitable clinical tool for processing of large datasets in multicenter studies involving atherosclerosis.pre-

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 March 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7962, Medical Imaging 2011: Image Processing, 79621O (11 March 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.877133
Show Author Affiliations
Filippo Molinari, Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
Rajendra Acharya, Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore)
Guang Zeng, Mayo Clinic (United States)
Jasjit S. Suri, Biomedical Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Idaho State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7962:
Medical Imaging 2011: Image Processing
Benoit M. Dawant; David R. Haynor, Editor(s)

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