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Direct visualization of regions with lowered bone mineral density in dual-energy CT images of vertebrae
Author(s): Stefan Wesarg; Marius Erdt; Konstantinos Kafchitsas; M. Fawad Khan
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Paper Abstract

Dual-energy CT allows for a better material differentiation than conventional CT. For the purpose of osteoporosis diagnosis, a detection of regions with lowered bone mineral density (BMD) is of high clinical interest. Based on an existing biophysical model of the trabecular bone in vertebrae a new method for directly highlighting those low density regions in the image data has been developed. For this, we combine image data acquired at 80 kV and 140 kV with information about the BMD range in different vertebrae and derive a method for computing a color enhanced image which clearly indicates low density regions. An evaluation of our method which compares it with a quantitative method for BMD assessment shows a very good correspondence between both methods. The strength of our method lies in its simplicity and speed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 March 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7963, Medical Imaging 2011: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 79633J (9 March 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.878130
Show Author Affiliations
Stefan Wesarg, Technische Univ. Darmstadt (Germany)
Marius Erdt, Fraunhofer-Institut für Graphische Datenverarbeitung (Germany)
Konstantinos Kafchitsas, Clinic and Policlinic for Orthopedics and Orthopedic Surgery (Germany)
M. Fawad Khan, Institute for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7963:
Medical Imaging 2011: Computer-Aided Diagnosis
Ronald M. Summers; Bram van Ginneken, Editor(s)

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