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CAD scheme for detection of intracranial aneurysms in MRA based on 3D analysis of vessel skeletons and enhanced aneurysms
Author(s): Hidetaka Arimura; Qiang Li; Yukunori Korogi; Toshinori Hirai; Yasuyuki Yamashita; Shigehiko Katsuragawa; Ryuji Ikeda; Kunio Doi
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Paper Abstract

We have developed a computer-aided diagnostic (CAD) scheme for detection of unruptured intracranial aneurysms in magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) based on findings of short branches in vessel skeletons, and a three-dimensional (3D) selective enhancement filter for dots (aneurysms). Fifty-three cases with 61 unruptured aneurysms and 62 non-aneurysm cases were tested in this study. The isotropic 3D MRA images with 400 x 400 x 128 voxels (a voxel size of 0.5 mm) were processed by use of the dot enhancement filter. The initial candidates were identified not only on the dot-enhanced images by use of a multiple gray-level thresholding technique, but also on the vessel skeletons by finding short branches on parent skeletons, which can indicate a high likelihood of small aneurysms. All candidates were classified into four categories of candidates according to effective diameter and local structure of the vessel skeleton. In each category, a number of false positives were removed by use of two rule-based schemes and by linear discriminant analysis on localized image features related to gray level and morphology. Our CAD scheme achieved a sensitivity of 97% with 5.0 false positives per patient by use of a leave-one-out-by-patient test method. This CAD system may be useful in assisting radiologists in the detection of small intracranial aneurysms as well as medium-size aneurysms in MRA.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5747, Medical Imaging 2005: Image Processing, (29 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.593574
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Hidetaka Arimura, Kyushu Univ. (Japan)
Qiang Li, Univ. of Chicago (United States)
Yukunori Korogi, Univ. Hospital of Occupational and Environmental Health (Japan)
Toshinori Hirai, Kumamoto Univ. (Japan)
Yasuyuki Yamashita, Kumamoto Univ. (Japan)
Shigehiko Katsuragawa, Kumamoto Univ. (Japan)
Ryuji Ikeda, Kumamoto Univ. Hospital (Japan)
Kunio Doi, Univ. of Chicago (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5747:
Medical Imaging 2005: Image Processing
J. Michael Fitzpatrick; Joseph M. Reinhardt, Editor(s)

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