Sample records for artery image quality

  1. Imaging the vertebral artery

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    Keng Yeow Tay; Jean Marie U-King-Im; Rikin A. Trivedi; Nicholas J. Higgins; Justin J. Cross; John R. Davies; Peter L. Weissberg; Nagui M. Antoun; Jonathan H. Gillard

    2005-01-01

    Although conventional intraarterial digital subtraction angiography remains the gold standard method for imaging the vertebral artery, noninvasive modalities such as ultrasound, multislice computed tomographic angiography and magnetic resonance angiography are constantly improving and are playing an increasingly important role in diagnosing vertebral artery pathology in clinical practice. This paper reviews the current state of vertebral artery imaging from an evidence-based

  2. High-quality 3-D coronary artery imaging on an interventional C-arm x-ray system

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    Hansis, Eberhard; Carroll, John D.; Schaefer, Dirk; Doessel, Olaf; Grass, Michael [Philips Technologie GmbH Forschungslaboratorien, Roentgenstrasse 24-26, 22335 Hamburg (Germany); Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Health Sciences Center, University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado 80262 (United States); Philips Technologie GmbH Forschungslaboratorien, Roentgenstrasse 24-26, 22335 Hamburg (Germany); Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Karlsruhe, Kaiserstr. 12, 76131 Karlsruhe (Germany); Philips Technologie GmbH Forschungslaboratorien, Roentgenstrasse 24-26, 22335 Hamburg (Germany)

    2010-04-15

    Purpose: Three-dimensional (3-D) reconstruction of the coronary arteries during a cardiac catheter-based intervention can be performed from a C-arm based rotational x-ray angiography sequence. It can support the diagnosis of coronary artery disease, treatment planning, and intervention guidance. 3-D reconstruction also enables quantitative vessel analysis, including vessel dynamics from a time-series of reconstructions. Methods: The strong angular undersampling and motion effects present in gated cardiac reconstruction necessitate the development of special reconstruction methods. This contribution presents a fully automatic method for creating high-quality coronary artery reconstructions. It employs a sparseness-prior based iterative reconstruction technique in combination with projection-based motion compensation. Results: The method is tested on a dynamic software phantom, assessing reconstruction accuracy with respect to vessel radii and attenuation coefficients. Reconstructions from clinical cases are presented, displaying high contrast, sharpness, and level of detail. Conclusions: The presented method enables high-quality 3-D coronary artery imaging on an interventional C-arm system.

  3. Imaging of coronary arteries using synchrotron radiation

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    Thompson, A. C.; Zeman, H.; Thomlinson, W.; Rubenstein, E.; Kernoff, R. S.; Hofstadter, R.; Giacomini, J. C.; Gordon, H. J.; Brown, G. S.

    1989-04-01

    Currently the imaging of coronary arteries is dangerous since it requires that a catheter be inserted into a peripheral artery and threaded up to the heart so that contrast agent can be injected directly into the artery being imaged. Using synchrotron radiation it may be possible to use a much safer venous injection of a contrast agent and still have sufficient image contrast to visualize the coronary arteries. A pair of monochromatized X-ray beams are used which have energies that bracket the iodine K absorption edge where the iodine absorption cross section jumps by a factor of six. Therefore, the logarithmic difference image has excellent sensitivity to contrast agent and minimal sensitivity to tissue and bone. Images have been taken of both dogs and humans. Improvements are being made to the imaging system which will substantially improve the image quality.

  4. Coronary artery stent (image)

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    ... with a balloon catheter and expands when the balloon is inflated. The stent is then left there to help keep the artery open. ... with a balloon catheter and expands when the balloon is inflated. The stent is then left there to help keep the artery open.

  5. Patient Characteristics as Predictors of Image Quality and Diagnostic Accuracy of MDCT Compared With Conventional Coronary Angiography for Detecting Coronary Artery Stenoses: CORE-64 Multicenter International Trial

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    Dewey, Marc; Vavere, Andrea L.; Arbab-Zadeh, Armin; Miller, Julie M.; Sara, Leonardo; Cox, Christopher; Gottlieb, Ilan; Yoshioka, Kunihiro; Paul, Narinder; Hoe, John; de Roos, Albert; Lardo, Albert C.; Lima, Joao A.; Clouse, Melvin E.

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE The purpose of the study was to investigate patient characteristics associated with image quality and their impact on the diagnostic accuracy of MDCT for the detection of coronary artery stenosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS Two hundred ninety-one patients with a coronary artery calcification (CAC) score of ? 600 Agatston units (214 men and 77 women; mean age, 59.3 ± 10.0 years [SD]) were analyzed. An overall image quality score was derived using an ordinal scale. The accuracy of quantitative MDCT to detect significant (? 50%) stenoses was assessed using quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) per patient and per vessel using a modified 19-segment model. The effect of CAC, obesity, heart rate, and heart rate variability on image quality and accuracy were evaluated by multiple logistic regression. Image quality and accuracy were further analyzed in subgroups of significant predictor variables. Diagnostic analysis was determined for image quality strata using receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves. RESULTS Increasing body mass index (BMI) (odds ratio [OR] = 0.89, p < 0.001), increasing heart rate (OR = 0.90, p < 0.001), and the presence of breathing artifact (OR = 4.97, p ? 0.001) were associated with poorer image quality whereas sex, CAC score, and heart rate variability were not. Compared with examinations of white patients, studies of black patients had significantly poorer image quality (OR = 0.58, p = 0.04). At a vessel level, CAC score (10 Agatston units) (OR = 1.03, p = 0.012) and patient age (OR = 1.02, p = 0.04) were significantly associated with the diagnostic accuracy of quantitative MDCT compared with QCA. A trend was observed in differences in the areas under the ROC curves across image quality strata at the vessel level (p = 0.08). CONCLUSION Image quality is significantly associated with patient ethnicity, BMI, mean scan heart rate, and the presence of breathing artifact but not with CAC score at a patient level. At a vessel level, CAC score and age were associated with reduced diagnostic accuracy. PMID:20028910

  6. Ultrasonic Imaging Of Deep Arteries

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    Rooney, James A.; Heyser, Richard C.; Lecroissette, Dennis H.

    1990-01-01

    Swept-frequency sound replaces pulsed sound. Ultrasonic medical instrument produces images of peripheral and coronary arteries with resolutions higher and at depths greater than attainable by previous ultrasonic systems. Time-delay-spectrometry imager includes scanning, image-processing, and displaying equipment. It sweeps in frequency from 0 to 10 MHz in 20 ms, pauses for 5 ms, and repeats sweep. Intended for use in noninvasive detection and measurement of atherosclerotic lesions.

  7. A practical guide to pediatric coronary artery imaging with echocardiography.

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    Brown, Lynne M; Duffy, C Elise; Mitchell, Carol; Young, Luciana

    2015-04-01

    Few resources exist to educate cardiac sonographers regarding proper techniques and specific issues to consider when performing pediatric coronary artery imaging. The main objective of this report is to review the echocardiographic techniques used to image the coronary arteries of children when screening for anomalous origin of the coronary arteries, as well as coronary involvement in the setting of Kawasaki disease. The authors discuss the physics and instrumentation for developing optimal coronary artery imaging system settings and present the commonly used anatomic and echocardiographic views. Use of the correct settings and a thorough understanding of the associated ultrasound physics are crucial for obtaining quality images. With this report, the authors provide guidance to sonographers and a resource for pediatric echocardiography laboratories to help ensure high-quality echocardiographic imaging of the coronary arteries. PMID:25691000

  8. Coronary Artery Imaging in Children

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    2015-01-01

    Coronary artery problems in children usually have a significant impact on both short-term and long-term outcomes. Early and accurate diagnosis, therefore, is crucial but technically challenging due to the small size of the coronary artery, high heart rates, and limited cooperation of children. Coronary artery visibility on CT and MRI in children is considerably improved with recent technical advancements. Consequently, CT and MRI are increasingly used for evaluating various congenital and acquired coronary artery abnormalities in children, such as coronary artery anomalies, aberrant coronary artery anatomy specific to congenital heart disease, Kawasaki disease, Williams syndrome, and cardiac allograft vasculopathy. PMID:25741188

  9. Imaging pulmonary arterial thromboembolism: challenges and opportunities.

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    Ley, Sebastian

    2015-05-01

    Magnetic resonance (MR) angiography of the pulmonary arteries is a rapidly evolving technique with proven clinical usefulness. Multiple-step protocols, such as MR perfusion followed by high-spatial resolution MR angiography, seem to be a good approach for the assessment of different vascular diseases affecting the pulmonary arteries. In combination with other imaging sequences, MR imaging is one of the most comprehensive potential noninvasive imaging techniques available. PMID:25952519

  10. [Persistent sciatic artery: possible false negative imaging].

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    Nedelcu, C; Deux, J-F; Boudghène, F; Pujade, B; Marsault, C; Tassart, M

    2007-07-01

    Persistent sciatic artery is a rare congenital malformation due to the lack of regression of the dorsal arterial axis of the embryo that can be revealed by serious complications. We report a case of bilateral persistent sciatic artery revealed by subacute distal ischemia. This case illustrates the possibility of false negative imaging and the importance of ruling out this diagnosis in case of recurrent and apparently idiopathic distal embolism. PMID:17601692

  11. SSA Image Quality Modeling

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    Luna, C.; Gerwe, D.; Calef, B.

    2010-09-01

    This paper evaluates the ITIQUE image quality modeling framework for SSA applications. Based on Bovik and Sheik’s VIF metric, ITIQUE evaluates the Shannon mutual information (MI) at multiple spatial scales between a pristine object and the image output from a detailed image formation chain simulation. Integrating the MI at each spatial scale and applying a calibration offset produces a prediction of NIIRS image quality indicating the level of interpretation tasks that could be supported. The model enables prediction of NIIRS quality obtainable as dependent on image collection conditions and image system design including both hardware and processing algorithms. The ITIQUE framework could facilitate concept evaluation and engineering design by quantitatively relating image formation performance directly in terms of end end-user mission needs. Previous work focused on overhead imagery of terrestrial scenes and linear processing only. This paper considers ground-based imaging of SSA targets and extends the previous study to include non-linear processing. A range of turbulence strengths and SNRs are included. ITIQUE predictions are shown to match well to results from a human visual assessment study in which a panel of human observers rated NIIRS quality of the same imagery.

  12. Segmentation of Retinal Arteries in Adaptive Optics Images

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    Boyer, Edmond

    Segmentation of Retinal Arteries in Adaptive Optics Images Nicolas Lermé, Florence Rossant--In this paper, we present a method for automatically segmenting the walls of retinal arteries in adaptive optics, ap- proximate parallelism, retina imaging. I. INTRODUCTION Arterial hypertension (AH) and diabetic

  13. Segmentation of Retinal Arteries in Adaptive Optics Images

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Segmentation of Retinal Arteries in Adaptive Optics Images Nicolas Lermé, Florence Rossant for automatically segmenting the walls of retinal arteries in adaptive optics images. To the best of our knowledge. INTRODUCTION The diseases affecting the retinal blood vessels of small diameter ( 150µm) such as arterial

  14. Coronary MR angiography revealed: how to optimize image quality.

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    Ishida, Masaki; Sakuma, Hajime

    2015-02-01

    Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the coronary arteries has been challenging, owing to the small size of the vessels and the complex motion caused by cardiac contraction and respiration. Free-breathing, whole-heart coronary MR angiography has emerged as a method that can provide visualization of the entire coronary arterial tree within a single 3-dimensional acquisition. Although coronary MR angiography is noninvasive and without radiation exposure, acquisition of high-quality coronary images is operator dependent and is generally more difficult than computed tomographic angiography. This article explains how to optimize acquisition of coronary MR angiography for reliable assessment of coronary artery disease. PMID:25476680

  15. Carotid artery image segmentation using modified spatial fuzzy c-means and ensemble clustering.

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    Hassan, Mehdi; Chaudhry, Asmatullah; Khan, Asifullah; Kim, Jin Young

    2012-12-01

    Disease diagnosis based on ultrasound imaging is popular because of its non-invasive nature. However, ultrasound imaging system produces low quality images due to the presence of spackle noise and wave interferences. This shortcoming requires a considerable effort from experts to diagnose a disease from the carotid artery ultrasound images. Image segmentation is one of the techniques, which can help efficiently in diagnosing a disease from the carotid artery ultrasound images. Most of the pixels in an image are highly correlated. Considering the spatial information of surrounding pixels in the process of image segmentation may further improve the results. When data is highly correlated, one pixel may belong to more than one clusters with different degree of membership. In this paper, we present an image segmentation technique namely improved spatial fuzzy c-means and an ensemble clustering approach for carotid artery ultrasound images to identify the presence of plaque. Spatial, wavelets and gray level co-occurrence matrix (GLCM) features are extracted from carotid artery ultrasound images. Redundant and less important features are removed from the features set using genetic search process. Finally, segmentation process is performed on optimal or reduced features. Ensemble clustering with reduced feature set outperforms with respect to segmentation time as well as clustering accuracy. Intima-media thickness (IMT) is measured from the images segmented by the proposed approach. Based on IMT measured values, Multi-Layer Back-Propagation Neural Networks (MLBPNN) is used to classify the images into normal or abnormal. Experimental results show the learning capability of MLBPNN classifier and validate the effectiveness of our proposed technique. The proposed approach of segmentation and classification of carotid artery ultrasound images seems to be very useful for detection of plaque in carotid artery. PMID:22981822

  16. EBSD image quality mapping.

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    Wright, Stuart I; Nowell, Matthew M

    2006-02-01

    Image quality (IQ) maps constructed from electron backscatter diffraction data provide useful visualizations of microstructure. The contrast in these maps arises from a variety of sources, including phase, strain, topography, and grain boundaries. IQ maps constructed using various IQ metrics are compared to identify the most prominent contrast mechanism for each metric. The conventional IQ metric was found to provide the superior grain boundary and strain contrast, whereas an IQ metric based on the average overall intensity of the diffraction patterns was found to provide better topological and phase contrast. PMID:17481343

  17. Different Imaging Strategies in Patients With Possible Basilar Artery Occlusion

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    Beyer, Sebastian E.; Hunink, Myriam G.; Schöberl, Florian; von Baumgarten, Louisa; Petersen, Steffen E.; Dichgans, Martin; Janssen, Hendrik; Ertl-Wagner, Birgit; Reiser, Maximilian F.

    2015-01-01

    Background and Purpose— This study evaluated the cost-effectiveness of different noninvasive imaging strategies in patients with possible basilar artery occlusion. Methods— A Markov decision analytic model was used to evaluate long-term outcomes resulting from strategies using computed tomographic angiography (CTA), magnetic resonance imaging, nonenhanced CT, or duplex ultrasound with intravenous (IV) thrombolysis being administered after positive findings. The analysis was performed from the societal perspective based on US recommendations. Input parameters were derived from the literature. Costs were obtained from United States costing sources and published literature. Outcomes were lifetime costs, quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs), incremental cost-effectiveness ratios, and net monetary benefits, with a willingness-to-pay threshold of $80 000 per QALY. The strategy with the highest net monetary benefit was considered the most cost-effective. Extensive deterministic and probabilistic sensitivity analyses were performed to explore the effect of varying parameter values. Results— In the reference case analysis, CTA dominated all other imaging strategies. CTA yielded 0.02 QALYs more than magnetic resonance imaging and 0.04 QALYs more than duplex ultrasound followed by CTA. At a willingness-to-pay threshold of $80 000 per QALY, CTA yielded the highest net monetary benefits. The probability that CTA is cost-effective was 96% at a willingness-to-pay threshold of $80 000/QALY. Sensitivity analyses showed that duplex ultrasound was cost-effective only for a prior probability of ?0.02 and that these results were only minimally influenced by duplex ultrasound sensitivity and specificity. Nonenhanced CT and magnetic resonance imaging never became the most cost-effective strategy. Conclusions— Our results suggest that CTA in patients with possible basilar artery occlusion is cost-effective. PMID:26022634

  18. Visualization of the internal carotid artery using MRA images.

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    Kim, Do-Yeon; Park, Jong-Won

    2005-01-01

    A virtual angioscopy system is implemented to visualize the inside of the internal carotid artery (ICA) for qualitative assessment of carotid artery stenosis using magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) images. The carotid artery is one of the body regions not accessible by real optical endoscopy but can be visualized with virtual endoscopy. In order to visualize the carotid artery, it is segmented using the region-growing algorithm after locating the initial seed on the presegmented binary image. The ICA is separated from the external carotid artery (ECA) using a priori knowledge of the anatomic structure after bifurcation. A fly-through path is computed based on the medial axis transform (MAT) to automatically move the virtual camera from the common carotid artery (CCA) to the ICA. Considering interactive rendering speed and usability of standard graphic hardware, the surface-rendering algorithm with the perspective projection method is used to generate an endoscopic view of the ICA. In addition, the endoscopic view with the raycasting algorithm is provided for off-line navigation of the carotid artery. Virtual angioscopy is highly recommended as a diagnostic tool for identifying the specific location of the stenosis and for analyzing the stenosis qualitatively. The virtual angioscopy system for carotid artery will benefit radiological diagnostics, medical education, surgical planning and postoperative assessment. PMID:15733785

  19. Retinal Image Quality During Accommodation

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    López-Gil, N.; Martin, J.; Liu, T.; Bradley, A.; Díaz-Muñoz, D.; Thibos, L.

    2013-01-01

    Purpose We asked if retinal image quality is maximum during accommodation, or sub-optimal due to accommodative error, when subjects perform an acuity task. Methods Subjects viewed a monochromatic (552nm), high-contrast letter target placed at various viewing distances. Wavefront aberrations of the accommodating eye were measured near the endpoint of an acuity staircase paradigm. Refractive state, defined as the optimum target vergence for maximising retinal image quality, was computed by through-focus wavefront analysis to find the power of the virtual correcting lens that maximizes visual Strehl ratio. Results Despite changes in ocular aberrations and pupil size during binocular viewing, retinal image quality and visual acuity typically remain high for all target vergences. When accommodative errors lead to sub-optimal retinal image quality, acuity and measured image quality both decline. However, the effect of accommodation errors of on visual acuity are mitigated by pupillary constriction associated with accommodation and binocular convergence and also to binocular summation of dissimilar retinal image blur. Under monocular viewing conditions some subjects displayed significant accommodative lag that reduced visual performance, an effect that was exacerbated by pharmacological dilation of the pupil. Conclusions Spurious measurement of accommodative error can be avoided when the image quality metric used to determine refractive state is compatible with the focusing criteria used by the visual system to control accommodation. Real focusing errors of the accommodating eye do not necessarily produce a reliably measurable loss of image quality or clinically significant loss of visual performance, probably because of increased depth-of-focus due to pupil constriction. When retinal image quality is close to maximum achievable (given the eye’s higher-order aberrations), acuity is also near maximum. A combination of accommodative lag, reduced image quality, and reduced visual function may be a useful sign for diagnosing functionally-significant accommodative errors indicating the need for therapeutic intervention. PMID:23786386

  20. Dynamic diffuse optical tomography imaging of peripheral arterial disease

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    Khalil, Michael A.; Kim, Hyun K.; Kim, In-Kyong; Flexman, Molly; Dayal, Rajeev; Shrikhande, Gautam; Hielscher, Andreas H.

    2012-01-01

    Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is the narrowing of arteries due to plaque accumulation in the vascular walls. This leads to insufficient blood supply to the extremities and can ultimately cause cell death. Currently available methods are ineffective in diagnosing PAD in patients with calcified arteries, such as those with diabetes. In this paper we investigate the potential of dynamic diffuse optical tomography (DDOT) as an alternative way to assess PAD in the lower extremities. DDOT is a non-invasive, non-ionizing imaging modality that uses near-infrared light to create spatio-temporal maps of oxy- and deoxy-hemoglobin in tissue. We present three case studies in which we used DDOT to visualize vascular perfusion of a healthy volunteer, a PAD patient and a diabetic PAD patient with calcified arteries. These preliminary results show significant differences in DDOT time-traces and images between all three cases, underscoring the potential of DDOT as a new diagnostic tool. PMID:23024920

  1. Quality assessment for hyperspectral imaging

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    Chen, Yuheng; Chen, Xinhua; Zhou, Jiankang; Shen, Weimin

    2014-11-01

    Image quality assessment is an essential value judgement approach for many applications. Multi & hyper spectral imaging has more judging essentials than grey scale or RGB imaging and its image quality assessment job has to cover up all-around evaluating factors. This paper presents an integrating spectral imaging quality assessment project, in which spectral-based, radiometric-based and spatial-based statistical behavior for three hyperspectral imagers are jointly executed. Spectral response function is worked out based on discrete illumination images and its spectral performance is deduced according to its FWHM and spectral excursion value. Radiometric response ability of different spectral channel under both on-ground and airborne imaging condition is judged by SNR computing based upon local RMS extraction and statistics method. Spatial response evaluation of the spectral imaging instrument is worked out by MTF computing with slanted edge analysis method. Reported pioneering systemic work in hyperspectral imaging quality assessment is carried out with the help of several domestic dominating work units, which not only has significance in the development of on-ground and in-orbit instrument performance evaluation technique but also takes on reference value for index demonstration and design optimization for instrument development.

  2. Image quality in image classification: Design and construction of an image quality database

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    Shuo Yan; Saed Sayad; Stephen T. Balke

    2009-01-01

    Image quality affects automated classification of images from process camera monitors. The objective of this work was to obtain a database of reference images that could enable automated, customized image quality modification to improve classification of new images. Here, images from an extruder monitor were to be classified as either showing or not showing contaminant particles in a polymer melt.

  3. VCL@FER image quality assessment database

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    Andela Zaric; Nenad Tatalovic; Nikolina Brajkovic; Hrvoje Hlevnjak; Matej Loncaric; Emil Dumic; Sonja Grgic

    2011-01-01

    In this paper we present new image quality database which consists of four degradation types: JPEG, JPEG2000, White noise and Gaussian blur. Results for five commonly used objective quality measures are compared using newly developed image database, as well as LIVE image database. Subjective image quality assessment (IQA) is based on subjective experiments in which image quality has been evaluated

  4. Additive global cerebral blood flow normalization in arterial spin labeling perfusion imaging

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    Stewart, Stephanie B.; Koller, Jonathan M.; Campbell, Meghan C.; Perlmutter, Joel S.

    2015-01-01

    To determine how different methods of normalizing for global cerebral blood flow (gCBF) affect image quality and sensitivity to cortical activation, pulsed arterial spin labeling (pASL) scans obtained during a visual task were normalized by either additive or multiplicative normalization of modal gCBF. Normalization by either method increased the statistical significance of cortical activation by a visual stimulus. However, image quality was superior with additive normalization, whether judged by intensity histograms or by reduced variability within gray and white matter. PMID:25802806

  5. Development of photoacoustic radar imaging for endoscopy (coronary artery) diagnosis A novel intravascular imager technology of fatty acids in arteries responsible for heart disease and

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    Development of photoacoustic radar imaging for endoscopy (coronary artery) diagnosis A novel intravascular imager technology of fatty acids in arteries responsible for heart disease and stroke is being and detectors capable of scanning circumferentially (tomographically) the inside of an artery around a full

  6. Optimizing image quality for SAR

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    Lowry, R. T.; Wessells, G. W.; Inkster, D. R.

    1984-01-01

    Image quality criteria for the design of a terrain mapping SAR are discussed. Basic resolution, degree of incoherent averaging and numbers of loits in the image are examined theoretically and with data collected over sea ice with the CCRS/ERIM SAR-580 system. The design of the INTERA STAR-1 radar along with suitable imagery, is used to demonstrate design principles.

  7. Simultaneous Bilateral Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Femoral Arteries in Peripheral Arterial Disease Patients

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    Brown, Ryan; Karmonik, Christof; Brunner, Gerd; Lumsden, Alan; Ballantyne, Christie; Johnson, Shawna; Wang, Yi; Morrisett, Joel

    2013-01-01

    Purpose To image the femoral arteries in peripheral arterial disease (PAD) patients using a bilateral receive coil. Materials and Methods An eight-channel surface coil array for bilateral MRI of the femoral arteries at 3T was constructed and evaluated. Results The bilateral array enabled imaging of a 25-cm segment of the superficial femoral arteries (SFA) from the profunda to the popliteal. The array provided improved the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) at the periphery and similar SNR in the middle of a phantom compared to three other commercially available coils (4-channel torso, quadrature head, whole body). Multicontrast bilateral images of the in vivo SFA with 1 mm inplane resolution made it possible to directly compare lesions in the index SFA to the corresponding anatomical site in the contralateral vessel without repositioning the patient or coil. A set of bilateral time-of-flight, T1-weighted, T2-weighted, and proton density-weighted images was acquired in a clinically acceptable exam time of ?45 minutes. Conclusion The developed bilateral coil is well suited for monitoring dimensional changes in atherosclerotic lesions of the SFA. PMID:21598344

  8. Role of radionuclide cardiac imaging in coronary artery bypass surgery

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    Iskandrian, A.S.; Heo, J.; Mostel, E.

    1987-01-01

    The main applications of cardiac nuclear imaging in coronary artery bypass surgery include: patient selection, prediction of improvement in resting LV function after revascularization, diagnosis of perioperative myocardial infarction, assessment of the results of revascularization, evaluation of new or recurrent symptoms, and in risk stratification. Proper understanding of which test to be used, when, and why may be important to optimize patient management.

  9. Optimised Computational Functional Imaging for Arteries

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    Nicoud, Franck

    to vascular diseases yet poorly under- stood. More precisely, it consists in coupling medical imaging of the biomechanical state (field of speeds, pressure, wall and Stent Graft loads ...) to the patients. 1 Introduction

  10. Assessment of coronary artery stenosis by magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Pennell, D. J.; Bogren, H. G.; Keegan, J.; Firmin, D. N.; Underwood, S. R.

    1996-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The findings of magnetic resonance and x-ray angiography were compared for assessment of coronary artery stenosis in this validation study. BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance angiography of the coronary arteries has recently been described, but there has been no comparison with x-ray angiography of localisation or assessment of important characteristics of coronary stenosis. METHODS: A breath hold, segmented k-space, 2D gradient echo imaging technique incorporating fat suppression was used in 39 patients (55 coronary stenoses) with known coronary artery disease. RESULTS: Overall, 47 stenoses (85%) were assessed by magnetic resonance (29 of 33 stenoses in the left anterior descending artery, one of one in the left main stem, 14 of 17 in the right coronary artery, and three of four in the left circumflex artery were detected). There was close agreement between magnetic resonance and x-ray angiography for the distance of the stenosis from the arterial origin (magnetic resonance mean (SD) 27 (16) mm versus x-ray angiography 27 (16) mm, P = NS, mean difference -0.2 mm). The distance to 39 stenoses (83%) agreed to within 5 mm, with increased scatter for more distal stenoses. The severity of magnetic resonance signal loss, assessed visually at the site of stenosis, varied significantly according to the percentage diameter stenosis (F = 30, P < 0.0001); stenosis severity with severe signal loss was 89 (7)%, with partial signal was 70 (16)%, and with irregular wall only 37 (11)%, with significant differences among the three groups (P < 0.001). A significant correlation was found between the proportional magnetic resonance signal loss at the stenosis and the percentage diameter stenosis severity (r = -0.67, P < 0.0001). The length of stenosis measured by magnetic resonance (6 (3) mm) was greater than by x-ray angiography (5 (2) mm, P < 0.006, mean difference +1.1 mm). Spearman's rank test showed that there was significant overestimation of stenosis length by magnetic resonance as stenosis severity increased (rs = 0.34, P < 0.02). CONCLUSIONS: Accurate localisation of coronary stenosis and a qualitative assessment of stenosis severity are possible by magnetic resonance, but stenosis length is overestimated as severity increases, probably because of disturbed patterns of flow with turbulence distal to severe stenoses. Reasonable results for the detection of coronary artery stenosis by magnetic resonance were achieved in this highly selected population, but further progress in imaging techniques is necessary before moving towards appreciable clinical application. Images PMID:8673749

  11. Analysis techniques for coronary arteries and cardiac function using advanced MRI and CT imaging

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    Greenaway, Alan

    Analysis techniques for coronary arteries and cardiac function using advanced MRI and CT imaging angiography is used to assess the coronary arteries due to its high spatial resolution, and MR is used by CT feasible, while new MR techniques increase the spatial resolution imaging the coronary arteries

  12. ACCURATE SEGMENTATION OF ARTERIAL WALLS IN ADAPTIVE OPTICS IMAGES Nicolas Lerm

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    Recanati, Catherine

    ACCURATE SEGMENTATION OF ARTERIAL WALLS IN ADAPTIVE OPTICS IMAGES Nicolas Lermé Florence Rossant Versailles ABSTRACT In this paper, a new approach is presented for accurately de- lineating the artery walls parallelism, retina imaging. 1. INTRODUCTION Arterial hypertension affects the physiology and structure

  13. Automatic Selection of Mask and Arterial Phase Images for Temporally Resolved MR Digital

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    Zabih, Ramin

    X-ray angiography, where image postprocessing has been used frequently to improve vasculatureAutomatic Selection of Mask and Arterial Phase Images for Temporally Resolved MR Digital for selecting arterial phase images and mask images to generate an optimal sum- mary arteriogram. A paired

  14. Image quality based x-ray dose control in cardiac imaging

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    Davies, Andrew G.; Kengyelics, Stephen M.; Gislason-Lee, Amber J.

    2015-03-01

    An automated closed-loop dose control system balances the radiation dose delivered to patients and the quality of images produced in cardiac x-ray imaging systems. Using computer simulations, this study compared two designs of automatic x-ray dose control in terms of the radiation dose and quality of images produced. The first design, commonly in x-ray systems today, maintained a constant dose rate at the image receptor. The second design maintained a constant image quality in the output images. A computer model represented patients as a polymethylmetacrylate phantom (which has similar x-ray attenuation to soft tissue), containing a detail representative of an artery filled with contrast medium. The model predicted the entrance surface dose to the phantom and contrast to noise ratio of the detail as an index of image quality. Results showed that for the constant dose control system, phantom dose increased substantially with phantom size (x5 increase between 20 cm and 30 cm thick phantom), yet the image quality decreased by 43% for the same thicknesses. For the constant quality control, phantom dose increased at a greater rate with phantom thickness (>x10 increase between 20 cm and 30 cm phantom). Image quality based dose control could tailor the x-ray output to just achieve the quality required, which would reduce dose to patients where the current dose control produces images of too high quality. However, maintaining higher levels of image quality for large patients would result in a significant dose increase over current practice.

  15. Use of intravascular imaging in managing coronary artery disease

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    Jegere, Sanda; Narbute, Inga; Erglis, Andrejs

    2014-01-01

    For many years, coronary angiography has been considered “the gold standard” for evaluating patients with coronary artery disease. However, angiography only provides a planar two-dimensional silhouette of the lumen and is unsuitable for the precise assessment of atherosclerosis. With the introduction of intravascular imaging, direct visualization of the arterial wall is now feasible. Intravascular imaging modalities extend diagnostic information, thereby enabling more precise evaluation of plaque burden and vessel remodeling. Of all technologies, intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) is the most mature and widely used intravascular imaging technique. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is an evolving technology that has the highest spatial resolution of existing imaging methods, and it is becoming increasingly widespread. These methods are useful tools for planning interventional strategies and optimizing stent deployment, particularly when stenting complex lesions. We strongly support the mandatory use of IVUS for left main percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). In addition, it can be used to evaluate vascular responses, including neointimal growth and strut apposition, during follow-ups. Adequately powered randomized trials are needed to support IVUS or OCT use in routine clinical practice and to answer whether OCT is superior to IVUS in reducing adverse events when used to guide PCI. The current perception and adoption of innovative interventional devices, such as bioabsorbable scaffolds, will increase the need for intravascular imaging in the future. PMID:24976911

  16. Image quality assessment in the low quality regime

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    Pinto, Guilherme O.; Hemami, Sheila S.

    2012-03-01

    Traditionally, image quality estimators have been designed and optimized to operate over the entire quality range of images in a database, from very low quality to visually lossless. However, if quality estimation is limited to a smaller quality range, their performances drop dramatically, and many image applications only operate over such a smaller range. This paper is concerned with one such range, the low-quality regime, which is defined as the interval of perceived quality scores where there exists a linear relationship between the perceived quality scores and the perceived utility scores and exists at the low-quality end of image databases. Using this definition, this paper describes a subjective experiment to determine the low-quality regime for databases of distorted images that include perceived quality scores but not perceived utility scores, such as CSIQ and LIVE. The performances of several image utility and quality estimators are evaluated in the low-quality regime, indicating that utility estimators can be successfully applied to estimate perceived quality in this regime. Omission of the lowestfrequency image content is shown to be crucial to the performances of both kinds of estimators. Additionally, this paper establishes an upper-bound for the performances of quality estimators in the LQR, using a family of quality estimators based on VIF. The resulting optimal quality estimator indicates that estimating quality in the low-quality regime is robust to exact frequency pooling weights, and that near-optimal performance can be achieved by a variety of estimators providing that they substantially emphasize the appropriate frequency content.

  17. Label-free imaging of arterial cells and extracellular matrix using a multimodal CARS microscope

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    Cheng, Ji-Xin

    Label-free imaging of arterial cells and extracellular matrix using a multimodal CARS microscope and smooth muscle cells of the arterial wall. Additionally, CARS microscopy allowed vibrational imaging chemically selective imaging [13]. In CARS micros- copy, a pump beam at xp and a Stokes beam at xs are col

  18. Comparative imaging study in ultrasound, MRI, CT, and DSA using a multimodality renal artery phantom

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    King, Deirdre M.; Fagan, Andrew J.; Moran, Carmel M.; Browne, Jacinta E. [Medical Ultrasound Physics and Technology Group, School of Physics, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin 8 (Ireland); Centre for Advanced Medical Imaging (CAMI), St James's Hospital, Dublin 8 (Ireland); Department of Medical Physics, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH16 4TJ (United Kingdom); Medical Ultrasound Physics and Technology Group, School of Physics, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin 8 (Ireland)

    2011-02-15

    Purpose: A range of anatomically realistic multimodality renal artery phantoms consisting of vessels with varying degrees of stenosis was developed and evaluated using four imaging techniques currently used to detect renal artery stenosis (RAS). The spatial resolution required to visualize vascular geometry and the velocity detection performance required to adequately characterize blood flow in patients suffering from RAS are currently ill-defined, with the result that no one imaging modality has emerged as a gold standard technique for screening for this disease. Methods: The phantoms, which contained a range of stenosis values (0%, 30%, 50%, 70%, and 85%), were designed for use with ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, x-ray computed tomography, and x-ray digital subtraction angiography. The construction materials used were optimized with respect to their ultrasonic speed of sound and attenuation coefficient, MR relaxometry (T{sub 1},T{sub 2}) properties, and Hounsfield number/x-ray attenuation coefficient, with a design capable of tolerating high-pressure pulsatile flow. Fiducial targets, incorporated into the phantoms to allow for registration of images among modalities, were chosen to minimize geometric distortions. Results: High quality distortion-free images of the phantoms with good contrast between vessel lumen, fiducial markers, and background tissue to visualize all stenoses were obtained with each modality. Quantitative assessments of the grade of stenosis revealed significant discrepancies between modalities, with each underestimating the stenosis severity for the higher-stenosed phantoms (70% and 85%) by up to 14%, with the greatest discrepancy attributable to DSA. Conclusions: The design and construction of a range of anatomically realistic renal artery phantoms containing varying degrees of stenosis is described. Images obtained using the main four diagnostic techniques used to detect RAS were free from artifacts and exhibited adequate contrast to allow for quantitative measurements of the degree of stenosis in each phantom. Such multimodality phantoms may prove useful in evaluating current and emerging US, MRI, CT, and DSA technology.

  19. Arterial Tortuosity Syndrome: An Approach through Imaging Perspective

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    Bhat, Venkatraman

    2014-01-01

    This pictorial illustration demonstrates various aspects of arterial tortuosity syndrome (ATS) obtained predominantly from a multiple detector computed tomography (MDCT) examination of a patient. In addition, a comprehensive review of typical multi-modality imaging observations in patients with ATS is presented along with a description of a few imaging signs. Non-invasively obtained, conclusive information is required in patients with ATS in view of the fragile vascular structures involved. An amazing wealth of information can be obtained by reviewing the volumetric data sets of MDCT examination. In the context of incomplete clinical information or remote reading of radiographic examination with inadequate clinical details, ability to “image data mine” the hidden, unexplored information may be vastly useful. The role of MDCT as a single modality of evaluation in ATS is highlighted. PMID:25250193

  20. A Novel Medical Image Quality Index

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    Sheng-Chieh Lin; You-Chen Lin; Weng-Song Feng; Jia-Ming Wu; Tzong-Jer Chen

    A novel medical image quality index using grey relational coefficient calculation is proposed in this study. Three medical\\u000a modalities, DR, CT and MRI, using 30 or 60 images with a total of 120 images used for experimentation. These images were first\\u000a compressed at ten different compression ratios (10???100) using a medical image compression algorithm named JJ2000. Following\\u000a that, the quality

  1. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging of the vasa vasorum of carotid artery plaque

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    Song, Ze-Zhou; Zhang, Yan-Ming

    2015-01-01

    The vasa vasorum of carotid artery plaque is a novel marker of accurately evaluating the vulnerability of carotid artery plaque, which was associated with symptomatic cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disease. The presence of ultrasound contrast agents in carotid artery plaque represents the presence of the vasa vasorum in carotid artery plaque because the ultrasound contrast agents are strict intravascular tracers. Therefore, contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) is a novel and safe imaging modality for evaluating the vasa vasorum in carotid artery plaque. However, there are some issues that needs to be assessed to embody fully the clinical utility of the vasa vasorum in carotid artery plaque with CEUS. PMID:26120382

  2. High-definition computed tomography for coronary artery stents: image quality and radiation doses for low voltage (100 kVp) and standard voltage (120 kVp) ECG-triggered scanning.

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    Lee, Ji Won; Kim, Chang Won; Lee, Han Cheol; Wu, Ming-Ting; Hwangbo, Lee; Choo, Ki Seok; Kim, June Hong; Lee, Ki-Nam; Kim, Jin You; Jeong, Yeon Joo

    2015-06-01

    The noninvasive assessment of coronary stents by coronary CT angiography (CCTA) is an attractive method. However, the radiation dose associated with CCTA remains a concern for patients. The purpose of this study is to compare the radiation doses and image qualities of CCTA performed using tube voltages of 100 or 120 kVp for the evaluation of coronary stents. After receiving institutional review board approval, 53 consecutive patients with previously implanted stents (101 stents) underwent 64-slice CCTA. Patients were divided into three different protocol groups, namely, prospective ECG triggering at 100 kVp, prospective ECG triggering at 120 kVp, or retrospective gating at 100 kVp. Two reviewers qualitatively scored the quality of the resulting images for coronary stents and determined levels of artificial lumen narrowing (ALN), stent lumen attenuation increase ratio (SAIR), image noise, and radiation dose parameters. No significant differences were found between the three protocol groups concerning qualitative image quality or SAIR. Coronary lumen attenuation and in-stent attenuation of 100 kVp prospective CCTA (P-CCTA) were higher than in the 120 kVp P-CCTA protocol (all Ps < 0.001). Mean ALN was significantly lower for 100 kVp P-CCTA than for 100 kVp retrospective CCTA (R-CCTA, P = 0.007). The mean effective radiation dose was significantly lower (P < 0.001) for 100 kVp P-CCTA (3.3 ± 0.4 mSv) than for the other two protocols (100 kVp R-CCTA 6.7 ± 1.0 mSv, 120 kVp P-CCTA 4.6 ± 1.2 mSv). We conclude that the use of 100 kVp P-CCTA can reduce radiation doses for patients while maintaining the imaging quality of 100 kVp R-CCTA and 120 kVp P-CCTA for the evaluation of coronary stents. PMID:26022439

  3. A new quality metric for image fusion

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    Gemma Piella; Henk J. A. M. Heijmans

    2003-01-01

    We present three variants of a new quality metric for image fusion. The interest of our metrics, which are based on an image quality index recently introduced by Wang and Bovik in {[Z.} Wang et al., March 2002], lies in the fact that they do not require a ground-truth or reference image. We perform several simulations which show that our

  4. Color image quality on the Internet

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    Sabine E. Süsstrunk; Stefan Winkler

    2003-01-01

    Color image quality depends on many factors, such as the initial capture system and its color image processing, compression, transmission, the output device, media and associated viewing conditions. In this paper, we are primarily concerned with color image quality in relation to compression and transmission. We review the typical visual artifacts that occur due to high compression ratios and\\/or transmission

  5. Direct Characterization of Arterial Input Functions by Fluorescence Imaging of Exposed Carotid Artery to Facilitate Kinetic Analysis

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    Elliott, Jonathan T.; Tichauer, Kenneth M.; Samkoe, Kimberley S.; Gunn, Jason R.; Sexton, Kristian J.; Pogue, Brian W.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose With the goal of facilitating tracer kinetic analysis in small-animal planar fluorescence imaging, an experimental method for characterizing tracer arterial input functions is presented. The proposed method involves exposing the common carotid arteries by surgical dissection, which can then be imaged directly during tracer injection and clearance. Procedures Arterial concentration curves of IRDye-700DX-carboxylate, IRDye-800CW-EGF, and IRDye-800CW conjugated to anti-EGFR Affibody are recovered from athymic female mice (n=12) by directly imaging exposed vessels. Images were acquired with two imaging protocols: a slow-kinetics approach (temporal resolution=45 s) to recover the arterial curves from two tracers simultaneously, and a fast-kinetics approach (temporal resolution=500 ms) to characterize the first-pass peak of a single tracer. Arterial input functions obtained by the carotid imaging technique, as well as plasma curves measured by blood sampling were fit with a biexponential pharmacokinetic model. Results Pharmacological fast- and slow-phase rate constants recovered with the proposed method were 0.37±0.26 and 0.007±0.001 min?1, respectively, for the IRDye700DX-C. For the IRDye800CW-EGF, the rate constants were 0.11±0.13 and 0.003±0.002 min?1. These rate constants did not differ significantly from those calculated previously by blood sampling, as determined by an F test; however, the between-subject variability was four times lower for arterial curves recovered using the proposed technique, compared with blood sampling. Conclusions The proposed technique enables the direct characterization of arterial input functions for kinetic analysis. As this method requires no additional instrumentation, it is immediately deployable in commercially available planar fluorescence imaging systems. PMID:24420443

  6. Automatic determination of the artery vein ratio in retinal images

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    Niemeijer, Meindert; van Ginneken, Bram; Abràmoff, Michael D.

    2010-03-01

    A lower ratio between the width of the arteries and veins (Arteriolar-to-Venular diameter Ratio, AVR) on the retina, is well established to be predictive of stroke and other cardiovascular events in adults, as well as an increased risk of retinopathy of prematurity in premature infants. This work presents an automatic method that detects the location of the optic disc, determines the appropriate region of interest (ROI), classifies the vessels in the ROI into arteries and veins, measures their widths and calculates the AVR. After vessel segmentation and vessel width determination the optic disc is located and the system eliminates all vessels outside the AVR measurement ROI. The remaining vessels are thinned, vessel crossing and bifurcation points are removed leaving a set of vessel segments containing centerline pixels. Features are extracted from each centerline pixel that are used to assign them a soft label indicating the likelihood the pixel is part of a vein. As all centerline pixels in a connected segment should be the same type, the median soft label is assigned to each centerline pixel in the segment. Next artery vein pairs are matched using an iterative algorithm and the widths of the vessels is used to calculate the AVR. We train and test the algorithm using a set of 25 high resolution digital color fundus photographs a reference standard that indicates for the major vessels in the images whether they are an artery or a vein. We compared the AVR values produced by our system with those determined using a computer assisted method in 15 high resolution digital color fundus photographs and obtained a correlation coefficient of 0.881.

  7. Augmented reality image guidance for minimally invasive coronary artery bypass

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    Figl, Michael; Rueckert, Daniel; Hawkes, David; Casula, Roberto; Hu, Mingxing; Pedro, Ose; Zhang, Dong Ping; Penney, Graeme; Bello, Fernando; Edwards, Philip

    2008-03-01

    We propose a novel system for image guidance in totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass (TECAB). A key requirement is the availability of 2D-3D registration techniques that can deal with non-rigid motion and deformation. Image guidance for TECAB is mainly required before the mechanical stabilization of the heart, thus the most dominant source of non-rigid deformation is the motion of the beating heart. To augment the images in the endoscope of the da Vinci robot, we have to find the transformation from the coordinate system of the preoperative imaging modality to the system of the endoscopic cameras. In a first step we build a 4D motion model of the beating heart. Intraoperatively we can use the ECG or video processing to determine the phase of the cardiac cycle. We can then take the heart surface from the motion model and register it to the stereo-endoscopic images of the da Vinci robot using 2D-3D registration methods. We are investigating robust feature tracking and intensity-based methods for this purpose. Images of the vessels available in the preoperative coordinate system can then be transformed to the camera system and projected into the calibrated endoscope view using two video mixers with chroma keying. It is hoped that the augmented view can improve the efficiency of TECAB surgery and reduce the conversion rate to more conventional procedures.

  8. In-vivo validation of fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIm) of coronary arteries in swine

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    Bec, Julien; Ma, Dinglong; Yankelevich, Diego R.; Gorpas, Dimitris S.; Ferrier, William T.; Southard, Jeffrey; Marcu, Laura

    2015-02-01

    We report a scanning imaging system that enables high speed multispectral fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIm) of coronary arteries. This system combines a custom low profile (3 Fr) imaging catheter using a 200 ?m core side viewing UV-grade silica fiber optic, an acquisition system able to measure fluorescence decays over four spectral bands at 20 kHz and a fast data analysis and display module. In vivo use of the system has been optimized, with particular emphasis on clearing blood from the optical pathway. A short acquisition time (5 seconds for a 20 mm long coronary segment) enabled data acquisition during a bolus saline solution injection through the 7 Fr catheter guide. The injection parameters were precisely controlled using a power injector and optimized to provide good image quality while limiting the bolus injection duration and volume (12 cc/s, 80 cc total volume). The ability of the system to acquire data in vivo was validated in healthy swine by imaging different sections of the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary. A stent coated with fluorescent markers was placed in the LAD and imaged, demonstrating the ability of the system to discriminate in vivo different fluorescent features and structures from the vessel background fluorescence using spectral and lifetime information. Intensity en face images over the four bands of the instrument were available within seconds whereas lifetime images were computed in 2 minutes, providing efficient feedback during the procedure. This successful demonstration of FLIm in coronaries enables future study of atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases.

  9. Daily Marital Interaction Quality and Carotid Artery Intima Medial Thickness in Healthy Middle Aged Adults

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    Joseph, Nataria T.; Kamarck, Thomas W.; Muldoon, Matthew F.; Manuck, Stephen B.

    2014-01-01

    Objective To examine the association between marital interaction quality during daily life and subclinical cardiovascular disease (CVD). Studies have shown that marital status and quality of marriage are associated with cardiovascular health. However, little is known about the role of marital interaction quality during daily life in contributing to these effects. Methods The sample consisted of 281 healthy, employed middle-aged adults who were married or living with a partner in a marital-like relationship (mean age = 42.0 years, 88% white, 52% men). Marital interaction quality was assessed using hourly real-time Ecological Momentary Assessments (EMAs) for 4 days, with participants rating their current or recent partner interactions on positive and negative characteristics (e.g., agreeableness and conflict). Carotid artery intima medial thickness (IMT) was assessed using ultrasound imaging. Results Adjusting for demographics, positive marital interaction was inversely associated with IMT, [b = ?.02 F(1, 275) = 9.18, p = .002], and negative marital interaction was positively associated with IMT, [b = .02 F(1, 275) = 10.29, p = .001]. These associations were not accounted for by behavioral and biological cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors and were consistent across age, sex, race, and education. The associations were also independent of marital interaction frequency, nonmarital social interaction quality, and personality factors. Global reports of marital quality, in contrast, were not associated with IMT. Conclusions Marital quality as measured during real-time interactions between partners was associated with subclinical cardiovascular disease in healthy middle-aged adults. This study supports the utility of real-time social interaction assessment for characterizing links between social relationships and cardiovascular health. PMID:24915293

  10. Synchrotron radiation dichromographic imaging of the extra- and intracranial arterial circulations and choroid plexus

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    Rubenstein, E.

    2002-05-01

    This communication proposes the use of synchrotron radiation based k-edge dichromographic imaging for the simultaneous study of the extracranial and intracranial arterial circulations following a single peripheral intravenous injection of a contrast agent. This approach can provide images of the vertebral arteries, the common, external and internal carotid arteries, as well as the intracranial arteries, during a single scanning procedure, lasting only a few seconds, requiring an X-ray exposure on the order of about 30 mGy/image. The method has specific advantages for the evaluation of the perfusion of the choroid plexus.

  11. Process perspective on image quality evaluation

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    Leisti, Tuomas; Halonen, Raisa; Kokkonen, Anna; Weckman, Hanna; Mettänen, Marja; Lensu, Lasse; Ritala, Risto; Oittinen, Pirkko; Nyman, Göte

    2008-01-01

    The psychological complexity of multivariate image quality evaluation makes it difficult to develop general image quality metrics. Quality evaluation includes several mental processes and ignoring these processes and the use of a few test images can lead to biased results. By using a qualitative/quantitative (Interpretation Based Quality, IBQ) methodology, we examined the process of pair-wise comparison in a setting, where the quality of the images printed by laser printer on different paper grades was evaluated. Test image consisted of a picture of a table covered with several objects. Three other images were also used, photographs of a woman, cityscape and countryside. In addition to the pair-wise comparisons, observers (N=10) were interviewed about the subjective quality attributes they used in making their quality decisions. An examination of the individual pair-wise comparisons revealed serious inconsistencies in observers' evaluations on the test image content, but not on other contexts. The qualitative analysis showed that this inconsistency was due to the observers' focus of attention. The lack of easily recognizable context in the test image may have contributed to this inconsistency. To obtain reliable knowledge of the effect of image context or attention on subjective image quality, a qualitative methodology is needed.

  12. Image-Based Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling in Realistic Arterial Geometries

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    David A. Steinman

    2002-01-01

    Local hemodynamics are an important factor in atherosclerosis, from the development of early lesions, to the assessment of stroke risk, to determining the ultimate fate of a mature plaque. Until recently, our understanding of arterial fluid dynamics and their relationship to atherosclerosis was limited by the use of idealized or averaged artery models. Recent advances in medical imaging, computerized image

  13. Accuracy of Computational Hemodynamics in Complex Arterial Geometries Reconstructed from Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    J. A. Moore; D. A. Steinman; D. W. Holdsworth; C. R. Ethier

    1999-01-01

    Purpose: Combining computational blood flow modeling with three-dimensional medical imaging provides a new approach for studying links between hemodynamic factors and arterial disease. Although this provides patient-specific hemodynamic information, it is subject to several potential errors. This study quantifies some of these errors and identifies optimal reconstruction methodologies. Methods: A carotid artery bifurcation phantom of known geometry was imaged using

  14. Cognitive issues in image quality measurement

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    de Ridder, Huib

    2001-01-01

    Designers of imaging systems, image processing algorithms, etc., usually take for granted that methods for assessing perceived image quality produce unbiased estimates of the viewers' quality impression. Quality judgments, however, are affected by the judgment strategies induced by the experimental procedures. In this paper the results of two experiments are presented illustrating the influence judgment strategies can have on quality judgments. The first experiment concerns contextual effects due to the composition of the stimulus sets. Subjects assessed the sharpness of two differently composed sets of blurred versions of one static image. The sharpness judgments for the blurred images present in both stimulus sets were found to be dependent on the composition of the set as well as the scaling technique employed. In the second experiment subjects assessed either the overall quality or the overall impairment of manipulated and standard JPEG-coded images containing two main artifacts. The results indicate a systematic different between the quality and impairment judgments that could be interpreted as instruction-based different weighting of the two artifacts. Again, some influence of scaling techniques was observed. The results of both experiments underscore the important role judgment strategies play in the psychophysical evaluation of image quality. Ignoring this influence on quality judgments may lead to invalid conclusions about the viewers' impression of image quality.

  15. Latent and apparent image quality metrics

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    Miettinen, Kristo S.

    2002-07-01

    Measures of image quality are presented here that have been developed to assess both the immediate quality of an image and the potential at intermediate points in an imaging chain for enhanced image quality. The original intent of the metric(s) was to provide an optimand for interpolator design, and the metrics have subsequently been used for a number of differential image quality analyses and imaging system component designs. The metrics presented are of the same general form as the National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS), representing quality as the base-2 logarithm of linear resolution, so that one unit of differential quality represents a doubling or halving of the resolution of imagery. Analysis of a simple imaging chain is presented in terms of the metrics, with conclusions regarding interpolator design, consistency of the latent and apparent image quality metrics, and the relationship between interpolator and convolution kernel design in a system where both are present. Among the principal results are an optimized division of labor between interpolators and Modulation Transfer Function Correction (MTFC) filters, consistency of the analytical latent and apparent image quality metrics with each other and with visually optimized aim curves, and an introduction to sharpening interpolator design methodology.

  16. Visualization of Coronary Wall Atherosclerosis in Asymptomatic Subjects and Patients with Coronary Artery Disease Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Suzanne C. Gerretsen; M. Eline Kooi; Alfons G. Kessels; Simon Schalla; Marcus Katoh; Rob J. van der Geest; Warren J. Manning; Johannes Waltenberger; Jos M. A. van Engelshoven; Rene M. Botnar; Tim Leiner

    2010-01-01

    BackgroundMagnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is sensitive to early atherosclerotic changes such as positive remodeling in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). We assessed prevalence, quality, and extent of coronary atherosclerosis in a group of healthy subjects compared to patients with confirmed CAD.MethodologyTwenty-two patients with confirmed CAD (15M, 7F, mean age 60.4±10.4 years) and 26 healthy subjects without history of CAD

  17. Image quality evaluation of light field photography

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    Qiang Fu; Zhiliang Zhou; Yan Yuan; Bin Xiangli

    2011-01-01

    Light field photography captures 4D radiance information of a scene. Digital refocusing and digital correction of aberrations could be done after the photograph is taken. However, capturing 4D light field is costly and tradeoffs between different image quality metrics should be made and evaluated. This paper explores the effects of light field photography on image quality by quantitatively evaluating some

  18. Image quality metrics for volumetric laser displays

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    Rodney D. Williams; Daniel Donohoo

    1991-01-01

    This paper addresses the extensions to the image quality metrics and related human factors research that are needed to establish the baseline standards for emerging volume display technologies. The existing and recently developed technologies for multiplanar volume displays are reviewed with an emphasis on basic human visual issues. Human factors image quality metrics and guidelines are needed to firmly establish

  19. Blood vessel classification into arteries and veins in retinal images

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    Kondermann, Claudia; Kondermann, Daniel; Yan, Michelle

    2007-03-01

    The prevalence of diabetes is expected to increase dramatically in coming years; already today it accounts for a major proportion of the health care budget in many countries. Diabetic Retinopathy (DR), a micro vascular complication very often seen in diabetes patients, is the most common cause of visual loss in working age population of developed countries today. Since the possibility of slowing or even stopping the progress of this disease depends on the early detection of DR, an automatic analysis of fundus images would be of great help to the ophthalmologist due to the small size of the symptoms and the large number of patients. An important symptom for DR are abnormally wide veins leading to an unusually low ratio of the average diameter of arteries to veins (AVR). There are also other diseases like high blood pressure or diseases of the pancreas with one symptom being an abnormal AVR value. To determine it, a classification of vessels as arteries or veins is indispensable. As to our knowledge despite the importance there have only been two approaches to vessel classification yet. Therefore we propose an improved method. We compare two feature extraction methods and two classification methods based on support vector machines and neural networks. Given a hand-segmentation of vessels our approach achieves 95.32% correctly classified vessel pixels. This value decreases by 10% on average, if the result of a segmentation algorithm is used as basis for the classification.

  20. Image quality of figured multilayered optics

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    Peterson, B.G.; Knight, L.V.; Pew, H.K.

    1985-01-01

    The reflectivity and resolution of a multilayer structure is strongly affected by the roughness at the interfaces between two successive layers and by the amount that the constituent materials will diffuse into one another at the interfaces. Performance is also affected by the variations in individual layer thicknesses and by inhomogeneities in the materials. These deviations from the ideal multilayer will also affect the quality of the image from a figured multilayer optical element. The theory used to model the effects of non-ideal multilayers on the image quality of figured optics will be discussed. The relationship between image quality and multilayer structure quality will be illustrated with several examples.

  1. Image Quality Assessment for Iris Biometric

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    N. D. Kalka; V. Dorairaj; Y. N. Shah; N. A. Schmid; B. Cukic

    Iris recognition, the ability to recognize and distinguish individuals by their iris pattern, is the most reliable biometric in terms of recognition and identification performance. However, performance of these systems is affected by poor quality imaging. In this work, we extend previous research efforts on iris quality assessment by analyzing the effect of seven quality factors: defocus blur, motion blur,

  2. Intravital live cell triggered imaging system reveals monocyte patrolling and macrophage migration in atherosclerotic arteries

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    McArdle, Sara; Chodaczek, Grzegorz; Ray, Nilanjan; Ley, Klaus

    2015-02-01

    Intravital multiphoton imaging of arteries is technically challenging because the artery expands with every heartbeat, causing severe motion artifacts. To study leukocyte activity in atherosclerosis, we developed the intravital live cell triggered imaging system (ILTIS). This system implements cardiac triggered acquisition as well as frame selection and image registration algorithms to produce stable movies of myeloid cell movement in atherosclerotic arteries in live mice. To minimize tissue damage, no mechanical stabilization is used and the artery is allowed to expand freely. ILTIS performs multicolor high frame-rate two-dimensional imaging and full-thickness three-dimensional imaging of beating arteries in live mice. The external carotid artery and its branches (superior thyroid and ascending pharyngeal arteries) were developed as a surgically accessible and reliable model of atherosclerosis. We use ILTIS to demonstrate Cx3cr1GFP monocytes patrolling the lumen of atherosclerotic arteries. Additionally, we developed a new reporter mouse (Apoe-/-Cx3cr1GFP/+Cd11cYFP) to image GFP+ and GFP+YFP+ macrophages "dancing on the spot" and YFP+ macrophages migrating within intimal plaque. ILTIS will be helpful to answer pertinent open questions in the field, including monocyte recruitment and transmigration, macrophage and dendritic cell activity, and motion of other immune cells.

  3. Optical coherence tomography and hyperspectral imaging of vascular recovery in a model of peripheral arterial disease

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    Poole, Kristin M.; Sit, Wesley W.; Tucker-Schwartz, Jason M.; Duvall, Craig L.; Skala, Melissa C.

    2013-03-01

    Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) leads to an increased risk of myocardial infarction and stroke, increased mortality, and reduced quality of life. The mouse hind limb ischemia (HLI) model is the most commonly used system for studying the mechanisms of collateral vessel formation and for testing new PAD therapies, but there is a lack of techniques for acquiring physiologically-relevant, quantitative data intravitally in this model. In this work, non-invasive, quantitative optical imaging techniques were applied to the mouse HLI model over a time course. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaged changes in blood flow (Doppler OCT) and microvessel morphology (speckle variance OCT) through the skin of haired mice with high resolution. Hyperspectral imaging was also used to quantify blood oxygenation. In ischemic limbs, blood oxygenation in the footpad was substantially reduced after induction of ischemia followed by complete recovery by three weeks, consistent with standard measures. Three dimensional images of the vasculature distal to vessel occlusion acquired with speckle variance OCT revealed changes in OCT flow signal and vessel morphology. Taken together, OCT and hyperspectral imaging enable intravital acquisition of both functional and morphological data which fill critical gaps in understanding structure-function relationships that contribute to recovery in the mouse HLI model. Therefore, these optical imaging methods hold promise as tools for studying the mechanisms of vascular recovery and evaluating novel therapeutic treatments in preclinical studies.

  4. New quality measures for image fusion

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    Gemma Piella

    2004-01-01

    We present a new approach for assessing quality in image fusion. The interest of our measures lies in the fact that they do not require a ground-truth or reference image and can be easily computed. We perform simulations which show that our measures are compliant with subjective evaluations and can therefore be used to compare different image fusion methods or

  5. MRI Strain Imaging of the Carotid Artery: Present Limitations and Future Challenges Aart J. Nederveen1

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    1 MRI Strain Imaging of the Carotid Artery: Present Limitations and Future Challenges Aart J: 6 Tables: 1 Keywords: carotidarteryplaque, strain, cine MRI, phasecontrast MRI, non-rigid image imaging may be a valuable contribution to this risk assessment. MRI is a versatile imaging technique

  6. Two- and three-dimensional quantitative image analysis of coronary arteries from high-resolution histological sections

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    Holmes, David R., III; Robb, Richard A.

    2000-05-01

    The study of coronary arteries has evolved from examining gross anatomy and morphology to scrutinizing micro-anatomy and cellular composition. Technological advances such as high-powered digital microscopes and high precision cutting devices have allowed clinicians to examine coronary artery morphology and pathology at micron resolution. Our work explores the composition of normal coronary arteries in order to provide the foundation for further study of remodeled tissue. The first of two coronary arteries was sliced into 442 sections with 4 micron inter-slice spacing. Each slice was stained for elastin and collagen. The second coronary artery was sectioned into 283 slices, also with 4 micron resolution. These slices were stained for cellular nuclei and smooth muscle. High sectioned into 283 slices, also with 4 micron resolution. These slices were stained for cellular nuclei and smooth muscle. High resolution light microscopy was used to image the sections. The data was analyzed for collagen/elastin content and nuclei density, respectively. Processing of this type of data is challenging in the areas of segmentation, visualization and quantification. Segmentation was confounded by variation in image quality as well as complexity of the coronary tissue. These problems were overcome by the development of 'smart' thresholding algorithms for segmentation. In addition, morphology and image statistics were used to further refine the result of the segmentation. Specificity/sensitivity analysis suggests that automatic segmentation can be very effective. 3D visualization of coronary arteries is challenging due to multiple tissue layers. Method such as summed voxel projection and maximum intensity projection appear to be effective. Shading methods also provide adequate visualization, however it is important to incorporate combined 2D and 3D displays. Surface rendering techniques are useful tools for visualizing parametric data. Quantification in 3D is simple in practice but appropriate descriptions of these results must be displayed to clinicians in a clear way. Preliminary results are promising, but continued development of algorithms for processing histological data is needed.

  7. Signal and image processing for early detection of coronary artery diseases: A review

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    Mobssite, Youness; Samir, B. Belhaouari; Mohamad Hani, Ahmed Fadzil B.

    2012-09-01

    Today biomedical signals and image based detection are a basic step to diagnose heart diseases, in particular, coronary artery diseases. The goal of this work is to provide non-invasive early detection of Coronary Artery Diseases relying on analyzing images and ECG signals as a combined approach to extract features, further classify and quantify the severity of DCAD by using B-splines method. In an aim of creating a prototype of screening biomedical imaging for coronary arteries to help cardiologists to decide the kind of treatment needed to reduce or control the risk of heart attack.

  8. Robust information gain based fuzzy c-means clustering and classification of carotid artery ultrasound images.

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    Hassan, Mehdi; Chaudhry, Asmatullah; Khan, Asifullah; Iftikhar, M Aksam

    2014-02-01

    In this paper, a robust method is proposed for segmentation of medical images by exploiting the concept of information gain. Medical images contain inherent noise due to imaging equipment, operating environment and patient movement during image acquisition. A robust medical image segmentation technique is thus inevitable for accurate results in subsequent stages. The clustering technique proposed in this work updates fuzzy membership values and cluster centroids based on information gain computed from the local neighborhood of a pixel. The proposed approach is less sensitive to noise and produces homogeneous clustering. Experiments are performed on medical and non-medical images and results are compared with state of the art segmentation approaches. Analysis of visual and quantitative results verifies that the proposed approach outperforms other techniques both on noisy and noise free images. Furthermore, the proposed technique is used to segment a dataset of 300 real carotid artery ultrasound images. A decision system for plaque detection in the carotid artery is then proposed. Intima media thickness (IMT) is measured from the segmented images produced by the proposed approach. A feature vector based on IMT values is constructed for making decision about the presence of plaque in carotid artery using probabilistic neural network (PNN). The proposed decision system detects plaque in carotid artery images with high accuracy. Finally, effect of the proposed segmentation technique has also been investigated on classification of carotid artery ultrasound images. PMID:24239296

  9. Multi-Modality Image Fusion to Guide Peripheral Artery Chronic Total Arterial Occlusion Recanalization in a Swine Carotid Artery Occlusion Model: Unblinding the Interventionalist!

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    Klein, Andrew J.; Tomkowiak, Michael T.; Vigen, Karl K.; Hacker, Timothy A.; Speidel, Michael A.; VanLysel, Michael S.; Shah, Nehal; Raval, Amish N.

    2012-01-01

    Objectives To demonstrate the feasibility of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to x-ray fluoroscopy (XRF) image fusion to guide peripheral artery chronic total occlusion (CTO) recanalization. Background Endovascular peripheral artery CTO revascularization is minimally invasive, but challenging, because the occlusion is poorly visualized under XRF. Devices may steer out of the artery which can lead to severe perforation. Merging pre-acquired MRI of the CTO to the live XRF display may permit upfront use of aggressive devices and improve procedural outcomes. Methods Swine carotid artery CTO’s were created using a balloon injury model. Up to 8 weeks later, MRI of the carotid arteries was acquired and segmented to create 3D surface models, which were then registered onto live XRF. CTO recanalization was performed using incrementally aggressive CTO devices (Group A) or an upfront aggressive directed laser approach (Group B). Procedural success was defined as luminal or sub-intimal device position without severe perforation. Results In this swine model, MRI to XRF fusion guidance resulted in a procedural success of 57% in Group A and 100% in Group B, which compared favorably to 33% using XRF alone. Fluoroscopy time was significantly less for Group B (8.5 min ± 2.6 min) compared to Group A (48.7 min ± 23.9 min), p value<0.01. Contrast dose used was similar between Groups A and B. Conclusions MRI to XRF fusion guided peripheral artery CTO recanalization is feasible. Multi-modality image fusion may permit upfront use of aggressive CTO devices with improved procedural outcomes compared to XRF guided procedures. PMID:23097307

  10. Image-Based Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling in Realistic Arterial Geometries

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    DAVID A. STEINMAN

    2002-01-01

    Local hemodynamics are an important factor in ath- erosclerosis, from the development of early lesions, to the as- sessment of stroke risk, to determining the ultimate fate of a mature plaque. Until recently, our understanding of arterial fluid dynamics and their relationship to atherosclerosis was limited by the use of idealized or averaged artery models. Recent advances in medical imaging,

  11. Gadolinium-Enhanced MR Imaging in the Evaluation of Uterine Fibroids Treated with Uterine Artery Embolization

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    Tetsuya Katsumori; Kazuhiro Nakajima; Mitsukuni Tokuhiro

    OBJECTIVE . The purpose of this study was to determine whether tumor volume reduc- tion can be predicted by the infarction rate of uterine fibroids as seen on gadolinium-enhanced MR images obtained immediately after uterine artery embolization. MATERIALS AND METHODS . In our study, 36 women with symptomatic uterine fi- broids successfully underwent uterine artery embolization. Unenhanced and enhanced MR

  12. Quantitative Assessment of Arterial Wall Biomechanical Properties Using Shear Wave Imaging

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    Mathieu Couade; Mathieu Pernot; Claire Prada; Emmanuel Messas; Joseph Emmerich; Patrick Bruneval; Aline Criton; Mathias Fink; Mickael Tanter

    2010-01-01

    A new ultrasound-based technique is proposed to assess the arterial stiffness: the radiation force of an ultrasonic beam focused on the arterial wall induces a transient shear wave (?10 ms) whose propagation is tracked by ultrafast imaging. The large and high-frequency content (100 to 1500 Hz) of the induced wave enables studying the wave dispersion, which is shown experimentally in

  13. Image quality and wafer level optics

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    Dagan, Y.; Humpston, G.

    2010-05-01

    Increasing demand from consumers to integrate camera modules into electronic devices, such as cell phones, has driven the cost of camera modules down very rapidly. Now that most cell phones include at least one camera, consumers are starting to ask for better image quality - without compromising on the cost. Wafer level optics has emerged over the past few years as an innovative technology enabling simultaneous manufacturing of thousands of lenses, at the wafer level. Using reflow-compatible materials to manufacture these lenses permits a reduction in the cost and size of camera module, thus answering the market demand for lowering the cost. But what about image quality? The author will present image quality analysis that was conducted for both VGA and megapixel camera resolutions. Comparison between conventional camera modules and wafer level camera modules shows wafer level technology brings equivalent, if not better, image quality performance compared to conventional camera modules.

  14. Thermal Imaging of the Superficial Temporal Artery: An Arterial Pulse Recovery Model

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    Farag, Aly A.

    electrically. Doppler ultrasound and arterial tonometry are traditional approaches to track the hemodynamics. Introduction The arterial pulse is produced by heart contractions which are mechanical events activated of heart rate from the superficial blood vessel network. In their ap- proach, they estimate the dominant

  15. General Image-Quality Equation: GIQE

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    Leachtenauer, Jon C.; Malila, William; Irvine, John; Colburn, Linda; Salvaggio, Nanette

    1997-11-01

    A regression-based model was developed relating aerial image quality, expressed in terms of the National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS), to fundamental image attributes. The General Image-Quality Equation (GIQE) treats three main attributes: scale, expressed as the ground-sampled distance; sharpness, measured from the system modulation transfer function; and the signal-to-noise ratio. The GIQE can be applied to any visible sensor and predicts NIIRS ratings with a standard error of 0.3 NIIRS. The image attributes treated by the GIQE are influenced by system design and operation parameters. The GIQE allows system designers and operators to perform trade-offs for the optimization of image quality.

  16. Colour Doppler Imaging of Ophthalmic Artery and Central Retinal Artery in Glaucoma Patients with and without Diabetes Mellitus

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    Kumar, M. Ashok; Selvasundari, S.; Prakash, M. L.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: To assess the ocular blood flow in Diabetic and non-Diabetic Primary Open Angle Glaucoma (POAG) patients. Design: Prospective comparitive study. Material and Methods: A total 100 eyes of 50 POAG patients was included in the study and divided into two groups, Group 1 (25 POAG patients without Diabetes mellitus) and Group 2 (25 POAG patients with Diabetes mellitus). Colour Doppler Imaging (CDI) of Ophthalmic artery and Central retinal artery were studied and peak systolic velocity (V max), End diastolic velocity (V min) and Resistivity Index (RI) were assessed. Results: Ocular blood flow in Group 2 showed a reduction in V max, V min and increased RI compared to Group I with a statistically significant reduction in the central retinal artery flow (V max (p=0.01), V min (p=0.07) and RI (p=0.03). Conclusion: CDI showed a significant reduction in the ocular blood flow of POAG patients with Diabetes mellitus. PMID:24959497

  17. Computer-generated 3D ultrasound images of the carotid artery

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    Selzer, Robert H.; Lee, Paul L.; Lai, June Y.; Frieden, Howard J.; Blankenhorn, David H.

    1989-01-01

    A method is under development to measure carotid artery lesions from a computer-generated three-dimensional ultrasound image. For each image, the position of the transducer in six coordinates (x, y, z, azimuth, elevation, and roll) is recorded and used to position each B-mode picture element in its proper spatial position in a three-dimensional memory array. After all B-mode images have been assembled in the memory, the three-dimensional image is filtered and resampled to produce a new series of parallel-plane two-dimensional images from which arterial boundaries are determined using edge tracking methods.

  18. Uterine artery embolisation for symptomatic fibroids: clinical results in 400 women with imaging follow up

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    W. J. Walker; J. P. Pelage

    2002-01-01

    ObjectiveTo evaluate the mid-term efficacy and complications of uterine artery embolisation in women with symptomatic fibroids. To assess reduction in uterine and dominant fibroid volumes using ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging.

  19. No training blind image quality assessment

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    Chu, Ying; Mou, Xuanqin; Ji, Zhen

    2014-03-01

    State of the art blind image quality assessment (IQA) methods generally extract perceptual features from the training images, and send them into support vector machine (SVM) to learn the regression model, which could be used to further predict the quality scores of the testing images. However, these methods need complicated training and learning, and the evaluation results are sensitive to image contents and learning strategies. In this paper, two novel blind IQA metrics without training and learning are firstly proposed. The new methods extract perceptual features, i.e., the shape consistency of conditional histograms, from the joint histograms of neighboring divisive normalization transform coefficients of distorted images, and then compare the length attribute of the extracted features with that of the reference images and degraded images in the LIVE database. For the first method, a cluster center is found in the feature attribute space of the natural reference images, and the distance between the feature attribute of the distorted image and the cluster center is adopted as the quality label. The second method utilizes the feature attributes and subjective scores of all the images in the LIVE database to construct a dictionary, and the final quality score is calculated by interpolating the subjective scores of nearby words in the dictionary. Unlike the traditional SVM based blind IQA methods, the proposed metrics have explicit expressions, which reflect the relationships of the perceptual features and the image quality well. Experiment results in the publicly available databases such as LIVE, CSIQ and TID2008 had shown the effectiveness of the proposed methods, and the performances are fairly acceptable.

  20. Grading meat quality by image processing

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    Kazuhiko Shiranita; Kenichiro Hayashi; Akifumi Otsubo; Tsuneharu Miyajima; Ryuzo Takiyama

    2000-01-01

    We study the implementation of a meat-quality grading system, using the concept of the “marbling score”, as well as image processing, neural network techniques and multiple regression analysis. The marbling score is a measure of the distribution density of fat in the rib-eye region. We identify five features used for grading meat images. For the evaluation of the five features,

  1. Color image processing for date quality evaluation

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    Dah Jye Lee; James K. Archibald

    2010-01-01

    Many agricultural non-contact visual inspection applications use color image processing techniques because color is often a good indicator of product quality. Color evaluation is an essential step in the processing and inventory control of fruits and vegetables that directly affects profitability. Most color spaces such as RGB and HSV represent colors with three-dimensional data, which makes using color image processing

  2. Carotid and vertebral artery dissections: clinical aspects, imaging features and endovascular treatment

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    Christine M. Flis; H. Rolf Jäger; Paul S. Sidhu

    2007-01-01

    Extracranial arterial dissections are a recognised cause of stroke, particularly in young adults. Clinical diagnosis may be\\u000a difficult, and the classical triad of symptoms is uncommon. Imaging plays a pivotal role in the diagnosis of extracranial\\u000a arterial dissections, and this review provides a detailed discussion of the relative merits and limitations of currently available\\u000a imaging modalities. Conventional arteriography has been

  3. Unusual Malignant Coronary Artery Anomaly: Results of Coronary Angiography, MR Imaging, and Multislice CT

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    Apitzsch, Jonas, E-mail: apitzsch@rad.rwth-aachen.d [RWTH Aachen University, Department of Diagnostic Radiology (Germany); Kuehl, Harald P. [RWTH Aachen University, Department of Cardiology (Germany); Muehlenbruch, Georg; Mahnken, Andreas H. [RWTH Aachen University, Department of Diagnostic Radiology (Germany)

    2010-04-15

    We report the case of a man with an uncommon anomaly of the origin and course of the left coronary artery. Clinical, coronary angiography, magnetic resonance imaging, and multislice computed tomography findings of this intermittently symptomatic 49 year-old patient with the rare anomaly of his left coronary artery stemming from the right sinus of Valsalva and taking an interarterial and intraseptal course are presented. The diagnostic value of the different imaging modalities is discussed.

  4. [Usefulness of virtual vessel images in ppi for treatment of complete obstruction of leg arteries].

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    Kittaka, Daisuke; Sato, Hisaya; Nakai, Yuichi; Kato, Kyoichi; Nakazawa, Yasuo

    2014-10-01

    Following recent rapid advances in devices and treatment technology, indications for percutaneous peripheral intervention (PPI) have been expanded to include complex lesions (long-segment lesions, completely obstructed chronic lesions, etc.) and even lesions of the superficial femoral artery and arteries distal to the popliteal artery. However, when PPI is used for treatment of complete obstruction, treatment can take a long time or its outcome can be less satisfactory for reasons such as difficulty in assessing the vascular distribution/arrangement or the direction of calcification in the obstructed area or excessively long lesions. In the present study, we conducted three-dimensional image processing of CT data from leg arteries conventionally used for preoperative diagnosis. Using this processing technique, we created virtual images of the blood vessels of the completely obstructed area and mapped these virtual vessel images onto the fluoroscopic monitor image during catheter treatment. The usefulness of this technique for PPI was then evaluated. We succeeded in creating virtual vessel images of the completely obstructed parts of leg arteries with the use of preoperative CT images of leg arteries that we then mapped onto the fluoroscopic monitor images during treatment. We were successful in mapping virtual images onto the abdominal aorta in 96.8% of cases and in 95.7% with the common iliac artery. This technique is thus able to supply reliable information on vascular distribution/arrangement, suggesting that it can enable the surgeon to advance the treatment device precisely along the vessels, making it useful for treatment with PPI. The study additionally showed that differences in the angle of imaging affect the manual mapping of the CT images onto angiograms. PMID:25327424

  5. Optical image quality in the peripheral retina.

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    Jennings, J A; Charman, W N

    1978-08-01

    A double-pass, photoelectric, ophthalmoscopic method was used for objective study of the variation in image quality across the retina in terms of the reflected image of a fine line, the line-spread function. Radial and tangential line-spread functions have been studied with active and paralyzed accommodation at eccentricities up to 45 deg. With large pupils, the retinal image quality remained relatively constant over the central 20 deg of field and deteriorated at larger field angles. The results are discusssed with respect to field curvature, peripheral acuity, and peripheral refraction. PMID:742649

  6. Digital Image Processing Of Arterial Thrombi Images, Recorded By Light Transmission

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    Nyssen, Marc; Blockeel, Erik; Bourgain, Rene

    1986-05-01

    For several years, the formation and evolution of thrombi in small arteries of rats has been quantitatively studied at the Laboratory of Physiology and Physiopathology at the V.U.B. Global size parameters can be determined by projecting the image of a small arterial segment onto photosensitive cells. The transmitted light intensity is a measure for the thrombotic phenomenon. This unique method permitted extensive in vivo study of the platelet-vessel wall interaction and local thrombosis. Now, a further development has emerged with the aim to improve the resolution of these measurements in order to get information on texture and form of the thrombotic mass at any stage of its evolution. Therefore a thorough understanding of how light propagates through non hemolized blood was essential. For this purpose, the Medical Informatics department developed a system to record and process digital images of the thrombotic phenomenon. For the processing and attempt to reconstruct the thrombi, a model describing the light transmission in a dispersive medium such as flowing blood had to be worked out. Application of results from Twersky's multiple scattering theory, combined with appropriate border conditions and parameter values was attempted. In the particular situation we studied, the dispersive properties of the flowing blood were found to be highly anisotropic. An explanation for this phenomenon could be given by considering the alignment of red blood cells in the blood flow. In order to explain the measured intensity profiles, we had to postulate alignment in the plane perpendicular to the flow as well. The theoretical predictions are in good agreement with the experimental values if we assume almost perfect alignment of the erythrocytes such that their short axes are pointing in the direction of the center of the artery. Conclusive evidence of the interaction between local flow properties and light transmission could be found by observing arteries with perturbated flow.

  7. Color image processing for date quality evaluation

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    Lee, Dah Jye; Archibald, James K.

    2010-01-01

    Many agricultural non-contact visual inspection applications use color image processing techniques because color is often a good indicator of product quality. Color evaluation is an essential step in the processing and inventory control of fruits and vegetables that directly affects profitability. Most color spaces such as RGB and HSV represent colors with three-dimensional data, which makes using color image processing a challenging task. Since most agricultural applications only require analysis on a predefined set or range of colors, mapping these relevant colors to a small number of indexes allows simple and efficient color image processing for quality evaluation. This paper presents a simple but efficient color mapping and image processing technique that is designed specifically for real-time quality evaluation of Medjool dates. In contrast with more complex color image processing techniques, the proposed color mapping method makes it easy for a human operator to specify and adjust color-preference settings for different color groups representing distinct quality levels. Using this color mapping technique, the color image is first converted to a color map that has one color index represents a color value for each pixel. Fruit maturity level is evaluated based on these color indices. A skin lamination threshold is then determined based on the fruit surface characteristics. This adaptive threshold is used to detect delaminated fruit skin and hence determine the fruit quality. The performance of this robust color grading technique has been used for real-time Medjool date grading.

  8. Analysis of the general image quality equation

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    Thurman, Samuel T.; Fienup, James R.

    2008-04-01

    The general image quality equation (GIQE) [Leachtenauer et al., Appl. Opt. 36, 8322-8328 (1997)] is an empirical formula for predicting the quality of imagery from a given incoherent optical system in terms of the National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS). In some scenarios, the two versions of the GIQE (versions 3.0 and 4.0) yield significantly different NIIRS predictions. We compare visual image quality assessments for simulated imagery with GIQE predictions and analyze the physical basis for the GIQE terms in an effort to determine the proper coefficients for use with Wiener-filtered reconstructions of Nyquist and oversampled imagery in the absence of aberrations. Results indicate that GIQE 3.0 image quality predictions are more accurate than those from GIQE 4.0 in this scenario.

  9. Image quality of optical remote sensing data

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    Reulke, Ralf; Säuberlich, Thomas

    2014-10-01

    Photogrammetry and remote sensing (RS) provide procedures for deriving geometric, radiometric and thematic information from image data. A variety of aircraft and space-borne sensors are available to capture image data. Different standards and specifications of quality assessment for optical remote sensing data are available. Due to the possibilities of absolute geometric and radiometric calibration digital sensors provide new promising opportunities to create value added products like digital elevation models, land-use maps etc. Such cameras combine the high geometric quality with the radiometric standards of earth observation systems. The determination of image quality of remote sensing data can be distinguished in (spectral) radiometric and geometric aspects. Standards contains different metrics for accuracy issues (spectral, radiometric and geometric accuracy) and for performance parameters like SNR, MTF. Image artefacts (caused e.g. by compression) are an additional important topic. The paper gives an overview of the current debate and the possibility of standardization.

  10. Evaluating the visual quality of watermarked images

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    Shnayderman, Aleksandr; Eskicioglu, Ahmet M.

    2006-02-01

    A recent image quality measure, M-SVD, can express the quality of distorted images either numerically or graphically. Based on the Singular Value Decomposition (SVD), it consistently measures the distortion across different distortion types and within a given distortion type at different distortion levels. The SVD decomposes every real matrix into a product of three matrices A = USV T, where U and V are orthogonal matrices, U TU = I, V TV = I and S = diag (s I, s II, ...). The diagonal entries of S are called the singular values of A, the columns of U are called the left singular vectors of A, and the columns of V are called the right singular vectors of A. M-SVD, as a graphical measure, computes the distance between the singular values of the original image block and the singular values of the distorted image block, where n x n is the block size. If the image size is k x k, we have (k/n) x (k/n) blocks. The set of distances, when displayed in a graph, represents a "distortion map." The numerical measure is derived from the graphical measure. It computes the global error expressed as a single numerical value. In this paper, we will extend the SVD-based image quality measure to evaluate the visual quality of watermarked images using several watermarking schemes.

  11. Harmonic leakage and image quality degradation in tissue harmonic imaging

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    Che-Chou Shen; Pai-Chi Li

    2001-01-01

    Image quality degradation caused by harmonic leakage was studied for finite amplitude distortion-based harmonic imaging. Various sources of harmonic leakage, including transmit waveform, signal bandwidth, and system nonlinearity, were investigated using both simulations and hydrophone measurements. Effects of harmonic leakage in the presence of sound velocity inhomogeneities were also considered. Results indicated that sidelobe levels of the harmonic beam pattern

  12. Cerebral Arterial Calcification Is an Imaging Prognostic Marker for Revascularization Treatment of Acute Middle Cerebral Arterial Occlusion

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    Lee, Seong-Joon; Hong, Ji Man; Lee, Manyong; Huh, Kyoon; Choi, Jin Wook

    2015-01-01

    Background and Purpose To study the significance of intracranial artery calcification as a prognostic marker for acute ischemic stroke patients undergoing revascularization treatment after middle cerebral artery (MCA) trunk occlusion. Methods Patients with acute MCA trunk occlusion, who underwent intravenous and/or intra-arterial revascularization treatment, were enrolled. Intracranial artery calcification scores were calculated by counting calcified intracranial arteries among major seven arteries on computed tomographic angiography. Patients were divided into high (HCB; score ?3) or low calcification burden (LCB; score <3) groups. Demographic, imaging, and outcome data were compared, and whether HCB is a prognostic factor was evaluated. Grave prognosis was defined as modified Rankin Scale 5-6 for this study. Results Of 80 enrolled patients, the HCB group comprised 15 patients, who were older, and more commonly had diabetes than patients in the LCB group. Initial National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) scores did not differ (HCB 13.3±2.7 vs. LCB 14.6±3.8) between groups. The final good reperfusion after revascularization treatment (thrombolysis in cerebral infarction score 2b-3, HCB 66.7% vs. LCB 69.2%) was similarly achieved in both groups. However, the HCB group had significantly higher NIHSS scores at discharge (16.0±12.3 vs. 7.9±8.3), and more frequent grave outcome at 3 months (57.1% vs. 22.0%) than the LCB group. HCB was proven as an independent predictor for grave outcome at 3 months when several confounding factors were adjusted (odds ratio 4.135, 95% confidence interval, 1.045-16.359, P=0.043). Conclusions Intracranial HCB was associated with grave prognosis in patients who have undergone revascularization for acute MCA trunk occlusion. PMID:25692109

  13. Automated characterization of blood vessels as arteries and veins in retinal images.

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    Mirsharif, Qazaleh; Tajeripour, Farshad; Pourreza, Hamidreza

    2013-01-01

    In recent years researchers have found that alternations in arterial or venular tree of the retinal vasculature are associated with several public health problems such as diabetic retinopathy which is also the leading cause of blindness in the world. A prerequisite for automated assessment of subtle changes in arteries and veins, is to accurately separate those vessels from each other. This is a difficult task due to high similarity between arteries and veins in addition to variation of color and non-uniform illumination inter and intra retinal images. In this paper a novel structural and automated method is presented for artery/vein classification of blood vessels in retinal images. The proposed method consists of three main steps. In the first step, several image enhancement techniques are employed to improve the images. Then a specific feature extraction process is applied to separate major arteries from veins. Indeed, vessels are divided to smaller segments and feature extraction and vessel classification are applied to each small vessel segment instead of each vessel point. Finally, a post processing step is added to improve the results obtained from the previous step using structural characteristics of the retinal vascular network. In the last stage, vessel features at intersection and bifurcation points are processed for detection of arterial and venular sub trees. Ultimately vessel labels are revised by publishing the dominant label through each identified connected tree of arteries or veins. Evaluation of the proposed approach against two different datasets of retinal images including DRIVE database demonstrates the good performance and robustness of the method. The proposed method may be used for determination of arteriolar to venular diameter ratio in retinal images. Also the proposed method potentially allows for further investigation of labels of thinner arteries and veins which might be found by tracing them back to the major vessels. PMID:23849699

  14. A database for spectral image quality

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    Le Moan, Steven; George, Sony; Pedersen, Marius; Blahová, Jana; Hardeberg, Jon Yngve

    2015-01-01

    We introduce a new image database dedicated to multi-/hyperspectral image quality assessment. A total of nine scenes representing pseudo-at surfaces of different materials (textile, wood, skin. . . ) were captured by means of a 160 band hyperspectral system with a spectral range between 410 and 1000nm. Five spectral distortions were designed, applied to the spectral images and subsequently compared in a psychometric experiment, in order to provide a basis for applications such as the evaluation of spectral image difference measures. The database can be downloaded freely from http://www.colourlab.no/cid.

  15. Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting is Associated With Excellent Long-Term Survival and Quality of Life: A Prospective Cohort Study

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    Joel Dunning; Julian R. L. Waller; Barbara Smith; Sue Pitts; Simon W. H. Kendall; Khalid Khan

    Background. We investigated the long-term outcome of coronary artery bypass grafting both in terms of survival and quality of life. Methods. Ten-year postsurgery survival was collated on patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting from 1994 to 1996, and quality of life was assessed using EQ-5D and a quality-of-life thermometer. We analyzed data from 1,180 patients. Mean age was 61 years,

  16. Contemporary imaging techniques for the diagnosis of renal artery stenosis

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    T. Leiner; M. W. de Haan; P. J. Nelemans; J. M. A. van Engelshoven; G. B. C. Vasbinder

    2005-01-01

    Renal artery stenosis (RAS) is a potentially curable cause of renovascular hypertension (RVH) and is caused by either atherosclerosis or fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) in the vast majority of patients. Although intra-arterial digital subtraction angiography (IA-DSA) is still considered the standard of reference test for the anatomical diagnosis of RAS, noninvasive techniques such as MR angiography, CT angiography, and color-aided duplex

  17. Assessment of coronary artery stenosis by magnetic resonance imaging

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    D. J. Pennell; H. G. Bogren; J. Keegan; D. N. Firmin; S. R. Underwood

    1996-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: The findings of magnetic resonance and x-ray angiography were compared for assessment of coronary artery stenosis in this validation study. BACKGROUND: Magnetic resonance angiography of the coronary arteries has recently been described, but there has been no comparison with x-ray angiography of localisation or assessment of important characteristics of coronary stenosis. METHODS: A breath hold, segmented k-space, 2D gradient

  18. Monotonic correlation analysis of image quality measures for image fusion

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    Kaplan, Lance M.; Burks, Stephen D.; Moore, Richard K.; Nguyen, Quang

    2008-04-01

    The next generation of night vision goggles will fuse image intensified and long wave infra-red to create a hybrid image that will enable soldiers to better interpret their surroundings during nighttime missions. Paramount to the development of such goggles is the exploitation of image quality (IQ) measures to automatically determine the best image fusion algorithm for a particular task. This work introduces a novel monotonic correlation coefficient to investigate how well possible IQ features correlate to actual human performance, which is measured by a perception study. The paper will demonstrate how monotonic correlation can identify worthy features that could be overlooked by traditional correlation values.

  19. Guides to Quality in Visual Resource Imaging

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    On July 17, the Research Libraries Group (RLG), Digital Libraries Federation (DLF), and the Council on Library and Information Resources announced a new set of five guides to the technical and planning aspects of digital imaging of visual resources. As the official press release notes, "this new Web-based reference is designed to serve the growing community of museums, archives, and research libraries that are turning to digital conversion to provide greater access to their visual resources as well as to help preserve the original materials." The guides include "Planning a Digital Imaging Project"; "Selecting a Scanner"; "Imaging Systems: the Range of Factors Affecting Image Quality"; "Measuring Quality of Digital Masters"; and "File Formats for Digital Masters." All are offered in HTML format, and users's comments are encouraged for future updates.

  20. Magnetic resonance myocardial perfusion imaging in the diagnosis of functionally significant obstructive coronary artery disease: a systematic review protocol

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    2014-01-01

    Background Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) myocardial perfusion imaging has been suggested as a non-invasive alternative to pressure wire guided fractional flow reserve (FFR) in detecting haemodynamically significant obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). The objective of this systematic review is to determine the diagnostic accuracy of CMR and to compare it to FFR. Methods/design A systematic review of diagnostic test accuracy of CMR and FFR will be conducted. Relevant English-language articles published before November 2013 in Medline, PubMed, EMBASE, Google scholar, Scopus and Cochrane databases will be identified. Relevant referenced articles from those selected will also be analysed. Articles describing diagnostic studies that compared CMR to FFR in patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease will be included. Two investigators will independently screen, assess quality and extract data from the selected articles. The Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies 2 (QUADAS-2) tool will be used to assess methodological quality. STATA 13 (the xtmelogit command) software will be used to calculate bivariate random effects models and estimate pooled sensitivity and specificity with 95% confidence intervals. Forests plots and summary receiver operating characteristics curves will also be generated. Sub-group pooled analyses using image quality of CMR (in terms of magnetic flux density - Tesla) and basis of analyses (coronary arterial territory vs. patients basis) at different FFR cutoffs (?0.75 and ?0.8) will also be performed. Discussion This systematic review will help to determine if CMR is an adequate alternative to FFR in the diagnosis of significant and obstructive CAD. We will also be able to assess diagnostic accuracy of specific types of CMR scan at different FFR cutoffs. Systematic review registration This systematic review had been registered at PROSPERO and the registration number is CRD42013006180. PMID:24886441

  1. Reliability and reproducibility of automated contour analysis in intravascular ultrasound images of femoropopliteal arteries

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    Aad van der Lugt; Aran Hartlooper; Jerden A. van Essen; Wenguang Li; Clemens von Birgelen; Johan H. C. Reiber; Elma J. Gussenhoven

    1998-01-01

    An automated contour analysis system was previously developed to increase reproducibility and facilitate quantitative analyses of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) images. The aim of this study was to compare measurements by this automated system with those obtained by conventional manual tracing, and to determine the intra- and interobserver variability of the automated system. IVUS images obtained in the femoropopliteal artery (n

  2. Requirements for imaging vulnerable plaque in the coronary artery using a coded aperture imaging system

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    Tozian, Cynthia

    A coded aperture1 plate was employed on a conventional gamma camera for 3D single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging on small animal models. The coded aperture design was selected to improve the spatial resolution and decrease the minimum detectable activity (MDA) required to image plaque formation in the APoE (apolipoprotein E) gene deficient mouse model when compared to conventional SPECT techniques. The pattern that was tested was a no-two-holes-touching (NTHT) modified uniformly redundant array (MURA) having 1,920 pinholes. The number of pinholes combined with the thin sintered tungsten plate was designed to increase the efficiency of the imaging modality over conventional gamma camera imaging methods while improving spatial resolution and reducing noise in the image reconstruction. The MDA required to image the vulnerable plaque in a human cardiac-torso mathematical phantom was simulated with a Monte Carlo code and evaluated to determine the optimum plate thickness by a receiver operating characteristic (ROC) yielding the lowest possible MDA and highest area under the curve (AUC). A partial 3D expectation maximization (EM) reconstruction was developed to improve signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), dynamic range, and spatial resolution over the linear correlation method of reconstruction. This improvement was evaluated by imaging a mini hot rod phantom, simulating the dynamic range, and by performing a bone scan of the C-57 control mouse. Results of the experimental and simulated data as well as other plate designs were analyzed for use as a small animal and potentially human cardiac imaging modality for a radiopharmaceutical developed at Bristol-Myers Squibb Medical Imaging Company, North Billerica, MA, for diagnosing vulnerable plaques. If left untreated, these plaques may rupture causing sudden, unexpected coronary occlusion and death. The results of this research indicated that imaging and reconstructing with this new partial 3D algorithm improved the SNR, spatial resolution, dynamic range of 4:1 to 6:1, and decreased the MDA required at the site of a plaque by twofold in comparison with other nuclear medicine imaging methods. Recommendations to increase the field of view (FOV) along with a better imaging geometry would enable placement of larger objects (human heart included) within the fully encoded FOV while improving spatial resolution, magnification factors, and efficiency. Further improvements to the algorithm and imaging system may enable novel vulnerable plaque imaging and early detection of coronary artery disease. 1See definitions beginning on page xvii.

  3. ORIGINAL RESEARCH Evaluation of Carotid Artery Stenosis with Multisection CT and MR Imaging: Influence of Imaging Modality and Postprocessing

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    M. Lell; C. Fellner; U. Baum; T. Hothorn; R. Steiner; W. Lang; W. Bautz; F. A. Fellner

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We prospectively evaluated the influence of different imaging tech- niques (time-of-flight MR angiography (TOF-MRA), contrast-enhanced MR angiography (CE-MRA), multisection CT angiography (CTA)) and postprocessing methods (maximum intensity projection (MIP), multiplanar reformation (MPR)) on carotid artery stenosis grading. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty patients (34 men, 16 women) with symptomatic stenosis of the internal carotid artery were examined with

  4. Development of functional in vivo imaging of cerebral lenticulostriate artery using novel synchrotron radiation angiography

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    Lin, Xiaojie; Miao, Peng; Mu, Zhihao; Jiang, Zhen; Lu, Yifan; Guan, Yongjing; Chen, Xiaoyan; Xiao, Tiqiao; Wang, Yongting; Yang, Guo-Yuan

    2015-02-01

    The lenticulostriate artery plays a vital role in the onset and development of cerebral ischemia. However, current imaging techniques cannot assess the in vivo functioning of small arteries such as the lenticulostriate artery in the brain of rats. Here, we report a novel method to achieve a high resolution multi-functional imaging of the cerebrovascular system using synchrotron radiation angiography, which is based on spatio-temporal analysis of contrast density in the arterial cross section. This method provides a unique tool for studying the sub-cortical vascular elasticity after cerebral ischemia in rats. Using this technique, we demonstrated that the vascular elasticity of the lenticulostriate artery decreased from day 1 to day 7 after transient middle cerebral artery occlusion in rats and recovered from day 7 to day 28 compared to the controls (p < 0.001), which paralleled with brain edema formation and inversely correlated with blood flow velocity (p < 0.05). Our results demonstrated that the change of vascular elasticity was related to the levels of brain edema and the velocity of focal blood flow, suggesting that reducing brain edema is important for the improvement of the function of the lenticulostriate artery in the ischemic brain.

  5. Subjective matters: from image quality to image psychology

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    Fedorovskaya, Elena A.; De Ridder, Huib

    2013-03-01

    From the advent of digital imaging through several decades of studies, the human vision research community systematically focused on perceived image quality and digital artifacts due to resolution, compression, gamma, dynamic range, capture and reproduction noise, blur, etc., to help overcome existing technological challenges and shortcomings. Technological advances made digital images and digital multimedia nearly flawless in quality, and ubiquitous and pervasive in usage, provide us with the exciting but at the same time demanding possibility to turn to the domain of human experience including higher psychological functions, such as cognition, emotion, awareness, social interaction, consciousness and Self. In this paper we will outline the evolution of human centered multidisciplinary studies related to imaging and propose steps and potential foci of future research.

  6. Geometric assessment of image quality using digital image registration techniques

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    Tisdale, G. E.

    1976-01-01

    Image registration techniques were developed to perform a geometric quality assessment of multispectral and multitemporal image pairs. Based upon LANDSAT tapes, accuracies to a small fraction of a pixel were demonstrated. Because it is insensitive to the choice of registration areas, the technique is well suited to performance in an automatic system. It may be implemented at megapixel-per-second rates using a commercial minicomputer in combination with a special purpose digital preprocessor.

  7. RADARSAT image quality and calibration — Update

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    S. K Srivastava; R. K Hawkins; T. I Lukowski; B. T Banik; M Adamovic; W. C Jefferies

    1999-01-01

    This paper reviews image quality and radiometric calibration aspects of the first two years of operation of RADARSAT. This includes the calibration of almost all beams (a total of more than 25 beams when considering shifted positions of each of the Fine beams), and the stability and calibration accuracies achieved during the mission to date. The measurements show that the

  8. Image Quality in Analog and Digital Microtechniques.

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    White, William

    1991-01-01

    Discusses the basic principles of the application of microfilm (analog) and electronic (digital) technologies for data storage. Image quality is examined, searching and retrieval capabilities are considered, and hardcopy output resolution is described. It is concluded that microfilm is still the preferred archival medium. (5 references) (LRW)

  9. Low-quality image enhancement using

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    Schettini, Raimondo

    Low-quality image enhancement using visual attention Francesca Gasparini, Silvia Corchs enhancing the salient details in im- ages. The premise supporting the work is that biological vi- sion masking algorithm becomes local and adaptive, enhancing the edges differently according to human

  10. Image Quality Indicator for Infrared Inspections

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    Burke, Eric

    2011-01-01

    The quality of images generated during an infrared thermal inspection depends on many system variables, settings, and parameters to include the focal length setting of the IR camera lens. If any relevant parameter is incorrect or sub-optimal, the resulting IR images will usually exhibit inherent unsharpness and lack of resolution. Traditional reference standards and image quality indicators (IQIs) are made of representative hardware samples and contain representative flaws of concern. These standards are used to verify that representative flaws can be detected with the current IR system settings. However, these traditional standards do not enable the operator to quantify the quality limitations of the resulting images, i.e. determine the inherent maximum image sensitivity and image resolution. As a result, the operator does not have the ability to optimize the IR inspection system prior to data acquisition. The innovative IQI described here eliminates this limitation and enables the operator to objectively quantify and optimize the relevant variables of the IR inspection system, resulting in enhanced image quality with consistency and repeatability in the inspection application. The IR IQI consists of various copper foil features of known sizes that are printed on a dielectric non-conductive board. The significant difference in thermal conductivity between the two materials ensures that each appears with a distinct grayscale or brightness in the resulting IR image. Therefore, the IR image of the IQI exhibits high contrast between the copper features and the underlying dielectric board, which is required to detect the edges of the various copper features. The copper features consist of individual elements of various shapes and sizes, or of element-pairs of known shapes and sizes and with known spacing between the elements creating the pair. For example, filled copper circles with various diameters can be used as individual elements to quantify the image sensitivity limit. Copper line-pairs of various sizes where the line width is equivalent to the spacing between the lines can be used as element-pairs to quantify the image resolution limit.

  11. Model Observers for Assessment of Image Quality

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    Barrett, Harrison H.; Yao, Jie; Rolland, Jannick P.; Myers, Kyle J.

    1993-11-01

    Image quality can be defined objectively in terms of the performance of some "observer" (either a human or a mathematical model) for some task of practical interest. If the end user of the image will be a human, model observers are used to predict the task performance of the human, as measured by psychophysical studies, and hence to serve as the basis for optimization of image quality. In this paper, we consider the task of detection of a weak signal in a noisy image. The mathematical observers considered include the ideal Bayesian, the nonprewhitening matched filter, a model based on lineardiscriminant analysis and referred to as the Hotelling observer, and the Hotelling and Bayesian observers modified to account for the spatial-frequency-selective channels in the human visual system. The theory behind these observer models is briefly reviewed, and several psychophysical studies relating to the choice among them are summarized. Only the Hotelling model with channels is mathematically tractable in all cases considered here and capable of accounting for all of these data. This model requires no adjustment of parameters to fit the data and is relatively insensitive to the details of the channel mechanism. We therefore suggest it as a useful model observer for the purpose of assessing and optimizing image quality with respect to simple detection tasks.

  12. Quantitative statistical methods for image quality assessment.

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    Dutta, Joyita; Ahn, Sangtae; Li, Quanzheng

    2013-01-01

    Quantitative measures of image quality and reliability are critical for both qualitative interpretation and quantitative analysis of medical images. While, in theory, it is possible to analyze reconstructed images by means of Monte Carlo simulations using a large number of noise realizations, the associated computational burden makes this approach impractical. Additionally, this approach is less meaningful in clinical scenarios, where multiple noise realizations are generally unavailable. The practical alternative is to compute closed-form analytical expressions for image quality measures. The objective of this paper is to review statistical analysis techniques that enable us to compute two key metrics: resolution (determined from the local impulse response) and covariance. The underlying methods include fixed-point approaches, which compute these metrics at a fixed point (the unique and stable solution) independent of the iterative algorithm employed, and iteration-based approaches, which yield results that are dependent on the algorithm, initialization, and number of iterations. We also explore extensions of some of these methods to a range of special contexts, including dynamic and motion-compensated image reconstruction. While most of the discussed techniques were developed for emission tomography, the general methods are extensible to other imaging modalities as well. In addition to enabling image characterization, these analysis techniques allow us to control and enhance imaging system performance. We review practical applications where performance improvement is achieved by applying these ideas to the contexts of both hardware (optimizing scanner design) and image reconstruction (designing regularization functions that produce uniform resolution or maximize task-specific figures of merit). PMID:24312148

  13. Imaging blood flow in brain tumors using arterial spin labeling

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    Afonso C. Silva; Seong-Gi Kim; Michael Garwood

    2000-01-01

    Measurements of tumor blood flow (TBF) are important for understanding tumor physiology and can be valuable in select- ing and evaluating therapies. Brain tumors typically present reduced blood flows compared to normal brain tissue. This study shows that the arterial spin labeling (ASL) technique can be used to measure TBF non-invasively in a rat glioma model. Results show that TBF

  14. Image quality assessment based on local orientation distributions

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    Yue Wang; Tingting Jiang; Siwei Ma; Wen Gao

    2010-01-01

    Image quality assessment (IQA) is very important for many image and video processing applications, e.g. compression, archiving, restoration and enhancement. An ideal image quality metric should achieve consistency between image distortion prediction and psychological perception of human visual system (HVS). Inspired by that HVS is quite sensitive to image local orientation features, in this paper, we propose a new structural

  15. Automatic segmentation of arteries in multi-stain histology images L. Leal Taixe1, A. U. Coskun2, B. Rosenhahn1 and D. H. Brooks2

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    Automatic segmentation of arteries in multi-stain histology images L. Leal Taix´e1, A. U. Coskun2 or Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is a serious disease caused by the formation of plaque in the arteries detector is intro- duced to capture the area of the artery within the image. 2. We propose to create

  16. Automatic segmentation of the lumen of the carotid artery in ultrasound B-mode images

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    Santos, André M. F.; Tavares, Jão. Manuel R. S.; Sousa, Luísa; Santos, Rosa; Castro, Pedro; Azevedo, Elsa

    2013-02-01

    A new algorithm is proposed for the segmentation of the lumen and bifurcation boundaries of the carotid artery in B-mode ultrasound images. It uses the hipoechogenic characteristics of the lumen for the identification of the carotid boundaries and the echogenic characteristics for the identification of the bifurcation boundaries. The image to be segmented is processed with the application of an anisotropic diffusion filter for speckle removal and morphologic operators are employed in the detection of the artery. The obtained information is then used in the definition of two initial contours, one corresponding to the lumen and the other to the bifurcation boundaries, for the posterior application of the Chan-vese level set segmentation model. A set of longitudinal B-mode images of the common carotid artery (CCA) was acquired with a GE Healthcare Vivid-e ultrasound system (GE Healthcare, United Kingdom). All the acquired images include a part of the CCA and of the bifurcation that separates the CCA into the internal and external carotid arteries. In order to achieve the uppermost robustness in the imaging acquisition process, i.e., images with high contrast and low speckle noise, the scanner was adjusted differently for each acquisition and according to the medical exam. The obtained results prove that we were able to successfully apply a carotid segmentation technique based on cervical ultrasonography. The main advantage of the new segmentation method relies on the automatic identification of the carotid lumen, overcoming the limitations of the traditional methods.

  17. Effect of image path bit depth on image quality

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    Bernal, Edgar; Loce, Robert P.

    2009-01-01

    Digital Tone Reproduction Curves (TRCs) are applied to digital images for a variety of purposes including compensation for temporal engine drift, engine-to-engine color balancing, user preference, spatial nonuniformity, and gray balance. The introduction of one or more compensating TRCs can give rise to different types of image quality defects: Tonal errors occur when the printed value differs from the intended value; contours occur when the output step size is larger than the intended step size; pauses occur when two adjacent gray levels map to the same output level. Multiple-stage TRCs are implemented when compensation operations are performed independently, such as independent adjustment for temporal variation and user preference. Multiple TRCs are often implemented as independent operations to avoid complexity within an image path. The effect of each TRC cascades as an image passes through the image path. While the original image possesses given and assumed desirable quantization properties, the image passed through cascaded TRCs can possess tonal errors and gray level step sizes associated with a much lower bit-depth system. In the present study, we quantify errors (tonal errors and changes in gray-level step size) incurred by image paths with cascaded TRCs. We evaluate image paths at various bit depths. We consider real-life scenarios in which the local gray-level slope of cascaded compensating TRCs can implement an increase by as much as 200% and decrease by as much as 66%.

  18. Blind Image Quality Assessment via Deep Learning.

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    Hou, Weilong; Gao, Xinbo; Tao, Dacheng; Li, Xuelong

    2015-06-01

    This paper investigates how to blindly evaluate the visual quality of an image by learning rules from linguistic descriptions. Extensive psychological evidence shows that humans prefer to conduct evaluations qualitatively rather than numerically. The qualitative evaluations are then converted into the numerical scores to fairly benchmark objective image quality assessment (IQA) metrics. Recently, lots of learning-based IQA models are proposed by analyzing the mapping from the images to numerical ratings. However, the learnt mapping can hardly be accurate enough because some information has been lost in such an irreversible conversion from the linguistic descriptions to numerical scores. In this paper, we propose a blind IQA model, which learns qualitative evaluations directly and outputs numerical scores for general utilization and fair comparison. Images are represented by natural scene statistics features. A discriminative deep model is trained to classify the features into five grades, corresponding to five explicit mental concepts, i.e., excellent, good, fair, poor, and bad. A newly designed quality pooling is then applied to convert the qualitative labels into scores. The classification framework is not only much more natural than the regression-based models, but also robust to the small sample size problem. Thorough experiments are conducted on popular databases to verify the model's effectiveness, efficiency, and robustness. PMID:25122842

  19. Classification of Arteries and Veins in Retinal Images using Vessel Profile Features

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    Rothaus, Kai; Jiang, Xiaoyi

    2011-06-01

    In this work an automated method is introduced to distinguish arteries from veins in eye fundus images. The main challenges of this task are the similarity of the two vessel types and the vast variability in different images. We assume that the vasculature is already extracted and represented by vessel segments. Based on local image features, vessel profile characteristics are extracted and used for clustering the major vessels near the optic disc. The presented method is tested on the MARS database including 448 retinal images with ground truth (artery and vein labels). The achieved results are promising: for 80% of the images the classification error is less than 30%. These results can be further improved by structural analysis of the vasculature.

  20. Multimodality imaging of a left main coronary artery-to-pulmonary artery fistula.

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    Scandura, Salvatore; Cammalleri, Valeria; Ronsivalle, Giuseppe; Dipasqua, Fabio; Caggegi, Anna; Arcidiacono, Antonio A; Chiarandà, Marta; Marzà, Francesco; Occhipinti, Michele; Tamburino, Corrado

    2013-06-13

    We report a case of a 17-year-old young man with a coronary fistula incidentally diagnosed. On transthoracic echocardiography, an abnormal flow draining into the pulmonary trunk was evidenced. Coronary computed tomography confirmed the presence of a small coronary fistula connecting the proximal part of the left anterior descending artery to the pulmonary trunk. As the patient was completely asymptomatic, in order to guide the clinical management and exclude any underlying ischemic phenomena, the patient underwent stress myocardial perfusion scintigraphy which was negative for ischemia. PMID:23771170

  1. Image-based finite element modeling of hemodynamics in stenosed carotid artery

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    Cebral, Juan R.; Lohner, Rainald; Soto, Orlando; Choyke, Peter L.; Yim, Peter J.

    2002-04-01

    A methodology to construct patient-specific, anatomically and physiologically realistic finite element models of blood flows in stenosed carotid arteries is presented. Anatomical models of carotid arteries with stenosis are reconstructed from contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) images using a tubular deformable model along each arterial branch. A surface-merging algorithm is used to create a watertight model of the carotid bifurcation for subsequent finite element grid generation. A fully implicit scheme is used to solve the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations on unstructured grids in three-dimensions. Physiologic boundary conditions are derived from cine phase-contrast MRA flow velocity measurements at two locations below and above the bifurcation. The methodology was tested on image data of a patient with carotid artery stenosis. A finite element grid was successfully generated from contrast-enhanced MRA images, and pulsatile blood flow visualizations were produced. Visualizations of the wall shear stress distribution and of changes in both its magnitude and direction were produced. These quantities may become important in order to characterize healthy and diseased flow and wall shear stress patterns. We conclude that MRA can be used to obtain all the anatomical and physiologic data necessary for realistic modeling of blood flows in carotid arteries with stenosis. Our results confirm that image-based computational fluid dynamics techniques can be applied to the modeling of hemodynamics in carotid arteries with stenosis. These capabilities may be used to advance our understanding of the generation and progression of vascular disease, and may eventually allow physicians to enhance current image-based diagnosis, and to predict and evaluate the outcome of interventional procedures non-invasively.

  2. Imaging of Small Animal Peripheral Artery Disease Models: Recent Advancements and Translational Potential

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    Lin, Jenny B.; Phillips, Evan H.; Riggins, Ti’Air E.; Sangha, Gurneet S.; Chakraborty, Sreyashi; Lee, Janice Y.; Lycke, Roy J.; Hernandez, Clarissa L.; Soepriatna, Arvin H.; Thorne, Bradford R. H.; Yrineo, Alexa A.; Goergen, Craig J.

    2015-01-01

    Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a broad disorder encompassing multiple forms of arterial disease outside of the heart. As such, PAD development is a multifactorial process with a variety of manifestations. For example, aneurysms are pathological expansions of an artery that can lead to rupture, while ischemic atherosclerosis reduces blood flow, increasing the risk of claudication, poor wound healing, limb amputation, and stroke. Current PAD treatment is often ineffective or associated with serious risks, largely because these disorders are commonly undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Active areas of research are focused on detecting and characterizing deleterious arterial changes at early stages using non-invasive imaging strategies, such as ultrasound, as well as emerging technologies like photoacoustic imaging. Earlier disease detection and characterization could improve interventional strategies, leading to better prognosis in PAD patients. While rodents are being used to investigate PAD pathophysiology, imaging of these animal models has been underutilized. This review focuses on structural and molecular information and disease progression revealed by recent imaging efforts of aortic, cerebral, and peripheral vascular disease models in mice, rats, and rabbits. Effective translation to humans involves better understanding of underlying PAD pathophysiology to develop novel therapeutics and apply non-invasive imaging techniques in the clinic. PMID:25993289

  3. Visualisation of the left anterior descending coronary artery on CT images used for breast radiotherapy planning

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    Vennarini, S; Aristei, C; de Almeida, C E; Servois, V; Campana, F; Mosseri, V; Fourquet, A; Kirova, Y M

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To assess the visualisation of the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery on CT images used for breast radiation treatment planning. Methods: Delineation of the LAD artery was achieved for 25 breast patients by 1 radiologist and 1 radiation oncologist independently on two sets of images for each patient: one pre-operative CT scan using intravenous (IV) contrast media to determine the primary gross tumour volume (GTV) and one post-operative CT scan used for treatment planning. A Student’s paired t-test was used to compare the number of CT slices in which the LAD was visible for each patient in the two series. Interpolations and extrapolations of the LAD volume were performed for the left-sided cases using a published heart atlas in order to report doses to the LAD structure. Results: There was a non-significant difference between the results with and without IV contrast media (p=0.34 for the radiologist; p=0.90 for the radiation oncologist). The visible LAD artery corresponded to a 30% portion (range 12–47%) of the interpolated structure. The maximum dose to the left artery varied widely, from 2.7 to 41.7?Gy, in the group of patients with left breast tumours. The largest values (>25?Gy) corresponded to those patients in whom the LAD artery distal extremity lay inside the breast fields. Conclusions: With the current planning CT protocol, only one-third of the LAD artery could be objectively visualised. Contrast-enhanced imaging used for GTV delineation before the breast surgery did not improve the visualisation of the artery. Advances in Knowledge: This study has revealed the lack of consistency that may be encountered when contouring heart vessels, thereby questioning the reliability of dose reporting. PMID:23440165

  4. A novel multiscale topo-morphometric approach for separating arteries and veins via pulmonary CT imaging

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    Saha, Punam K.; Gao, Zhiyun; Alford, Sara; Sonka, Milan; Hoffman, Eric

    2009-02-01

    Distinguishing arterial and venous trees in pulmonary multiple-detector X-ray computed tomography (MDCT) images (contrast-enhanced or unenhanced) is a critical first step in the quantification of vascular geometry for purposes of determining, for instance, pulmonary hypertension, using vascular dimensions as a comparator for assessment of airway size, detection of pulmonary emboli and more. Here, a novel method is reported for separating arteries and veins in MDCT pulmonary images. Arteries and veins are modeled as two iso-intensity objects closely entwined with each other at different locations at various scales. The method starts with two sets of seeds -- one for arteries and another for veins. Initialized with seeds, arteries and veins grow iteratively while maintaining their spatial separation and eventually forming two disjoint objects at convergence. The method combines fuzzy distance transform, a morphologic feature, with a topologic connectivity property to iteratively separate finer and finer details starting at a large scale and progressing towards smaller scales. The method has been validated in mathematically generated tubular objects with different levels of fuzziness, scale and noise. Also, it has been successfully applied to clinical CT pulmonary data. The accuracy of the method has been quantitatively evaluated by comparing its results with manual outlining. For arteries, the method has yielded correctness of 81.7% at the cost of 6.7% false positives and 11.6% false negatives. Our method is very promising for automated separation of arteries and veins in MDCT pulmonary images even when there is no mark of intensity variation at conjoining locations.

  5. Visual attention modelling for subjective image quality databases

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    Ulrich Engelke; Anthony Maeder; H.-J. Zepernick

    2009-01-01

    The modelling of perceptual image quality metrics has experienced increased effort in recent years. In order to allow for model design, validation, and comparison, a number of subjective image quality databases has been made available to the research community. Most metrics that were designed using these databases assess the quality uniformly over the whole image, not taking into account stronger

  6. RADARSAT-1 image quality\\/continuing success in extended mission

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    S. K. Srivastava; P. Le Dantec; B. T. Banik; N. Shepherd; R. Gray; R. K. Hawkins; K. P. Murnaghan

    2002-01-01

    RADARSAT-1, the first Canadian SAR remote sensing satellite has successfully completed its design lifetime of five and a quarter years. It is in an extended mission operation meeting customer demands. The Image Quality Control program is kept fully operational. Measured results indicate that image quality performance continues to be better than system specification. This paper briefly describes image quality and

  7. An Effect of Spatial Filtering in Visualization of Coronary Arteries Imaging

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    Kodge, B G

    2011-01-01

    At present, coronary angiography is the well known standard for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. Conventional coronary angiography is an invasive procedure with a small, yet inherent risk of myocardial infarction, stroke, potential arrhythmias, and death. Other noninvasive diagnostic tools, such as electrocardiography, echocardiography, and nuclear imaging are now widely available but are limited by their inability to directly visualize and quantify coronary artery stenoses and predict the stability of plaques. Coronary magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is a technique that allows visualization of the coronary arteries by noninvasive means; however, it has not yet reached a stage where it can be used in routine clinical practice. Although coronary MRA is a potentially useful diagnostic tool, it has limitations. Further research should focus on improving the diagnostic resolution and accuracy of coronary MRA. This paper will helps to cardiologists to take the clear look of spatial filtered imaging o...

  8. Attenuation Correction and Normalisation for Quantification of Contrast Enhancement in Ultrasound Images of Carotid Arteries.

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    Cheung, Wing Keung; Gujral, Dorothy M; Shah, Benoy N; Chahal, Navtej S; Bhattacharyya, Sanjeev; Cosgrove, David O; Eckersley, Robert J; Harrington, Kevin J; Senior, Roxy; Nutting, Christopher M; Tang, Meng-Xing

    2015-07-01

    An automated attenuation correction and normalisation algorithm was developed to improve the quantification of contrast enhancement in ultrasound images of carotid arteries. The algorithm first corrects attenuation artefact and normalises intensity within the contrast agent-filled lumen and then extends the correction and normalisation to regions beyond the lumen. The algorithm was first validated on phantoms consisting of contrast agent-filled vessels embedded in tissue-mimicking materials of known attenuation. It was subsequently applied to in vivo contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) images of human carotid arteries. Both in vitro and in vivo results indicated significant reduction in the shadowing artefact and improved homogeneity within the carotid lumens after the correction. The error in quantification of microbubble contrast enhancement caused by attenuation on phantoms was reduced from 55% to 5% on average. In conclusion, the proposed method exhibited great potential in reducing attenuation artefact and improving quantification in contrast-enhanced ultrasound of carotid arteries. PMID:25843515

  9. Objective Assessment of Image Quality VI: Imaging in Radiation Therapy

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    Barrett, Harrison H.; Kupinski, Matthew A.; Müeller, Stefan; Halpern, Howard J.; Morris, John C.; Dwyer, Roisin

    2015-01-01

    Earlier work on Objective Assessment of Image Quality (OAIQ) focused largely on estimation or classification tasks in which the desired outcome of imaging is accurate diagnosis. This paper develops a general framework for assessing imaging quality on the basis of therapeutic outcomes rather than diagnostic performance. By analogy to Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curves and their variants as used in diagnostic OAIQ, the method proposed here utilizes the Therapy Operating Characteristic or TOC curves, which are plots of the probability of tumor control vs. the probability of normal-tissue complications as the overall dose level of a radiotherapy treatment is varied. The proposed figure of merit is the area under the TOC curve, denoted AUTOC. This paper reviews an earlier exposition of the theory of TOC and AUTOC, which was specific to the assessment of image-segmentation algorithms, and extends it to other applications of imaging in external-beam radiation treatment as well as in treatment with internal radioactive sources. For each application, a methodology for computing the TOC is presented. A key difference between ROC and TOC is that the latter can be defined for a single patient rather than a population of patients. PMID:24200954

  10. Predictors of quality of life in pediatric survivors of arterial ischemic stroke and cerebral sinovenous thrombosis.

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    Friefeld, Sharon J; Westmacott, Robyn; Macgregor, Daune; Deveber, Gabrielle A

    2011-09-01

    Predictors of quality of life can define potentially modifiable factors to increase favorable outcomes after pediatric stroke. Quality of life was measured using the Centre for Health Promotion's Quality of Life Profile (CHP-QOL) in 112 children surviving arterial ischemic stroke or cerebral sinovenous thrombosis at mean 3 years after stroke. Overall quality of life was poor in 17.8% children despite mean scores (3.52) in the "adequate" range. Quality of life related to school and play was most problematic and that related to physical and home environment was least problematic. Female gender, cerebral sinovenous thrombosis stroke, and older age at testing predicted reduced overall and domain-specific quality of life (P < .05), whereas neurological outcome and family socioeconomic status did not. Cognitive/behavioral deficit and low Verbal IQ adversely affected socialization and quality of life, especially among older children and females. Altered cognition/behavior has a major impact on quality of life after pediatric stroke. Implementation of ameliorative strategies warrants further study. PMID:21836124

  11. RIS-M-2314 QUALITY OF THE RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGE IN

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    RISØ-M-2314 QUALITY OF THE RADIOGRAPHIC IMAGE IN PAPER RADIOGRAPHY J.C. Domanus and H.M. El Fouly Abstract. The quality of the radiographic image was investigated by the use of standard ISO wire Image are reproduced in this report. * INIS-descriptors; COMPARITIVE EVALUATIONS? IMAGES; INDUSTRIAL RADIOGRAPHY

  12. Characterization of endothelial function in the brachial artery via affine registration of ultrasonographic image sequences

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    Frangi, Alejandro

    assessment. It also eliminates artifacts introduced by patient and probe motion, thus improving the accuracy is modeled by a superposition of a rigid motion model and a stretching perpendicular to the artery. Both methods try to reduce this variability by attracting manually drawn contours to image features, like

  13. Correlation Between Severity of Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension and 123I-Metaiodobenzylguanidine Left Ventricular Imaging

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    Fumio Sakamaki; Toru Satoh; Noritoshi Nagaya; Shingo Kyotani; Hideo Oya; Norifumi Nakanishi; Sachio Kuribayashi; Yoshio Ishida

    It remains unclear whether cardiac sympathetic nervous function is disturbed in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PH) and how sympathetic dysfunction is related to PH. Methods: In this study, 123l-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) imaging of the heart, which reveals the sympathetic innervation of the left ventricle, was performed in 7 healthy volunteers without cardio- pulmonary disease (control subjects); 55 patients with PH,

  14. Hyperspectral and multispectral imaging for evaluating food safety and quality

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    Spectral imaging technologies have been developed rapidly during the past decade. This paper presents hyperspectral and multispectral imaging technologies in the area of food safety and quality evaluation, with an introduction, demonstration, and summarization of the spectral imaging techniques avai...

  15. Effect of Bismuth Breast Shielding on Radiation Dose and Image Quality in Coronary CT Angiography

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    Einstein, Andrew J.; Elliston, Carl D.; Groves, Daniel W.; Cheng, Bin; Wolff, Steven D.; Pearson, Gregory D. N.; Peters, M. Robert; Johnson, Lynne L.; Bokhari, Sabahat; Johnson, Gary W.; Bhatia, Ketan; Pozniakoff, Theodore; Brenner, David J.

    2011-01-01

    Background Coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) is associated with high radiation dose to the female breasts. Bismuth breast shielding offers the potential to significantly reduce dose to the breasts and nearby organs, but the magnitude of this reduction and its impact on image quality and radiation dose have not been evaluated. Methods Radiation doses from CCTA to critical organs were determined using metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistors positioned in a customized anthropomorphic whole-body dosimetry verification phantom. Image noise and signal were measured in regions of interest (ROIs) including the coronary arteries. Results With bismuth shielding, breast radiation dose was reduced 46–57% depending on breast size and scanning technique, with more moderate dose reduction to the heart, lungs, and esophagus. However, shielding significantly decreased image signal (by 14.6 HU) and contrast (by 28.4 HU), modestly but significantly increased image noise in ROIs in locations of coronary arteries, and decreased contrast-to-noise ratio by 20.9%.. Conclusions While bismuth breast shielding can significantly decrease radiation dose to critical organs, it is associated with an increase in image noise, decrease in contrast-to-noise, and changes tissue attenuation characteristics in the location of the coronary arteries. PMID:22068687

  16. Distal Embolization After Stenting of the Vertebral Artery: Diffusion-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings

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    Canyigit, Murat [Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology (Turkey); Arat, Anil [Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Radiology (United States)], E-mail: anilarat@netscape.net; Cil, Barbaros E.; Turkbey, Baris; Saatci, Isil; Cekirge, Saruhan; Balkanci, Ferhun [Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology (Turkey)

    2007-04-15

    Purpose. We retrospectively evaluated our experience with stenting of the vertebral artery in an effort to determine the risk of distal embolization associated with the procedure. Methods. Between June 2000 and May 2005, 35 patients with 38 stenting procedures for atherosclerotic disease of the vertebral origin in our institution were identified. The average age of the patients was 60.3 years (range 32-76 years). Sixteen of these patients (with 18 stents) had MR imaging of the brain with diffusion-weighted imaging and an apparent diffusion coefficient map within 2 days before and after procedure. Results. On seven of the 16 postprocedural diffusion-weighted MR images, a total of 57 new hyperintensities were visible. All these lesions were focal in nature. One patient demonstrated a new diffusion-weighted imaging abnormality in the anterior circulation without MR evidence of posterior circulation ischemia. Six of 16 patients had a total of 25 new lesions in the vertebrobasilar circulation in postprocedural diffusion-weighted MR images. One patient in this group was excluded from the final analysis because the procedure was complicated by basilar rupture during tandem stent deployment in the basilar artery. Hence, new diffusion-weighted imaging abnormalities were noted in the vertebrobasilar territory in 5 of 15 patients after 17 stenting procedures, giving a 29% rate of diffusion-weighted imaging abnormalities per procedure. No patient with bilateral stenting had new diffusion-weighted imaging abnormalities. Conclusion. Stenting of stenoses of the vertebral artery origin may be associated with a significant risk of asymptomatic distal embolization. Angiography, placement of the guiding catheter, inflation of the stent balloon, and crossing the lesion with guidewires or balloon catheters may potentially cause distal embolization. Further studies to evaluate measures to increase the safety of vertebral artery stenting, such as the use of distal protection devices or short-term postprocedural anticoagulation, should be considered for patients with clear indications for this procedure.

  17. Imaging of Unilateral Meningo-ophthalmic Artery Anomaly in a Patient with Bilateral Nasopharyngeal Angiofibroma

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    Louw, Louise; Steyl, Johan; Loggenberg, Eugene

    2014-01-01

    A 12-year-old boy with epistaxis presented with a rare midline nasopharyngeal angiofibroma that extended lateral into the pterygoid and infratemporal fossae. Pre-operative angiography revealed bilateral prominent feeder arteries and two major anastomotic connections, and a rare left meningo-ophthalmic artery (M-OA) anomaly that was the sole path of supply to the eye. A literature search using Pubmed and Medline was conducted. For imaging, a six-vessel study (i.e. external and internal carotid and vertebral arteries on both sides) was selected. Embolization of prominent tumor feeder arteries was unsafe for tumor extirpation, but super-selective embolization of both sphenopalatine arteries was performed to control epistaxis. The M-OA anomaly that originated from the maxillary artery (MA) was marked by an ophthalmic artery (OA) variant with orbital and ocular divisions that coursed through the superior orbital fissure and optic foramen, respectively, each with distinct branching patterns, a middle meningeal artery (MMA) with normal branches (i.e. anterior and posterior branches), and two branch variations (i.e. lacrimal and meningeal branches) that originated from the anterior branch of the MMA. The lacrimal branch coursed through a cranio-orbital foramen, but the meningeal branch remained outside the orbit. The anatomy of the right OA was normal. The left M-OA anomaly was considered incidental and not tumor-related since the tumor was more prominent on the right side, and no intra-orbital infiltrations occurred. Of clinical significance is that proximal embolization of MA or MMA carries a high risk of visual impairment in cases where M-OA anomalies are the sole mode of supply to the eye. PMID:25558432

  18. On pictures and stuff: image quality and material appearance

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    Ferwerda, James A.

    2014-02-01

    Realistic images are a puzzle because they serve as visual representations of objects while also being objects themselves. When we look at an image we are able to perceive both the properties of the image and the properties of the objects represented by the image. Research on image quality has typically focused improving image properties (resolution, dynamic range, frame rate, etc.) while ignoring the issue of whether images are serving their role as visual representations. In this paper we describe a series of experiments that investigate how well images of different quality convey information about the properties of the objects they represent. In the experiments we focus on the effects that two image properties (contrast and sharpness) have on the ability of images to represent the gloss of depicted objects. We found that different experimental methods produced differing results. Specifically, when the stimulus images were presented using simultaneous pair comparison, observers were influenced by the surface properties of the images and conflated changes in image contrast and sharpness with changes in object gloss. On the other hand, when the stimulus images were presented sequentially, observers were able to disregard the image plane properties and more accurately match the gloss of the objects represented by the different quality images. These findings suggest that in understanding image quality it is useful to distinguish between quality of the imaging medium and the quality of the visual information represented by that medium.

  19. Relationship between functional exercise capacity and general quality of life in nonsurgical patients with lower-extremity peripheral arterial disease

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    H. Charles Bauman; Heather M. Arthur

    1997-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between functional exercise capacity and general quality of life in patients with lower-extremity peripheral arterial disease (PAD) whose conditions are managed without surgical intervention and to establish new ways of measuring functional exercise capacity and general quality of life in this population. This descriptive survey examined 29 nonsurgical patients with

  20. Arterial cross-section measurements from dual energy transvenous coronary angiography images

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    Chapman, D. [Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY (United States); Schulze, C. [ESRF, Grenoble (France)

    1994-05-01

    The synchrotron based coronary angiography project at the National Synchrotron Light Source obtains images of coronary arteries using the digital subtraction technique after a distal venous injection of an iodine contrast agent. It allows two areal mass densities to be calculated from these images; one of the iodine and one of the water. Analysis procedures have been developed to arrive at these areal mass densities with corrections to the values being made for detector cross-talk and beam harmonics. From the iodine mass density distribution the relative arterial cross-section area is determined by a line integration across the arterial feature. Results will be given for an iodine tube phantom showing that the relative area of a feature whose lateral dimensions are smaller than the detector pixel resolution can be determined to a few percent. Also, results will be shown from a human image, showing the relative area of the right coronary artery mapped through a region of a previous stenosis subsequently treated by balloon angioplasty. Finally, limitation of the technique and plans to validate and improve the analysis will be discussed.

  1. Cardiac PET-CT: advanced hybrid imaging for the detection of coronary artery disease

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    Knaapen, P.; de Haan, S.; Hoekstra, O.S.; Halbmeijer, R.; Appelman, Y.E.; Groothuis, J.G.J.; Comans, E.F.; Meijerink, M.R.; Lammertsma, A.A.; Lubberink, M.; Götte, M.J.W.; van Rossum, A.C.

    2010-01-01

    Hybrid imaging of positron emission tomography (PET) together with computed tomography (CT) is rapidly emerging. In cardiology, this new advanced hybrid imaging modality allows quantification of cardiac perfusion in combination with assessment of coronary anatomy within a single scanning session of less than 45 minutes. The near-simultaneous anatomical evaluation of coronary arteries using CT and corresponding functional status using PET provides a wealth of complementary information in patients who are being evaluated for (suspected) coronary artery disease, and could help guide clinical patient management in a novel manner. Clinical experience gained with this recently introduced advanced hybrid imaging tool, however, is still limited and its implementation into daily clinical practice remains largely unchartered territory. This review discusses principles of perfusion PET, its diagnostic accuracy, and potential clinical applications of cardiac PET-CT in patients with ischaemic heart disease. (Neth Heart J 2010;18:90–8.) PMID:20200615

  2. Detecting interfaces on ultrasound images of the carotid artery by dynamic programming

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    Kozick, Richard J.

    1996-03-01

    A dynamic programming edge following procedure is applied to ultrasound images of the carotid artery. The objective is to automatically determine the 'far wall' interfaces of the common carotid artery. The far wall interfaces are then used to estimate the far wall thickness, which is an important metric for disease diagnosis and treatment evaluation. A current system uses human readers to determine the carotid artery interfaces using digitized images on a computer display. This process is time consuming and difficult to control, since readers tend to vary over time in the way in which they identify interfaces. In addition, different readers tend to identify interfaces in slightly different ways. The edge following procedure is designed to apply a consistent and objective criteria to all images in order to reduce the variability in far wall thickness estimates. The edge following procedure works by joining local peaks in the image gradient. The gradient is estimated by a Sobel operator, and dynamic programming is used to join the peaks into a smooth edge. The dynamic programming is necessary to combat the effects of noise and speckle in the ultrasound images. The paper describes the dynamic programming cost function formulation and discuses the algorithm performance.

  3. Use of Sonicated Albumin (Infoson) to Enhance Arterial Spectral and Color Doppler Imaging

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    Abildgaard, Andreas; Egge, Tor S.; Klow, Nils-Einar; Jakobsen, Jarl A. [Department of Radiology, National Hospital, N-0027 Oslo (Norway)

    1996-04-15

    Purpose: To examine the effect of an ultrasound contrast medium (UCM), Infoson, on Doppler examination of stenotic arteries. Methods: Stenoses were created in the common carotid artery of six piglets, and examined with spectral Doppler and color Doppler imaging during UCM infusion in the left ventricle. Results: UCM caused a mean increase in recorded maximal systolic and end-diastolic velocities of 5% and 6%, respectively, while blood flow remained constant. Increased spectral intensity with UCM was accompanied by spectral broadening. Reduction of spectral intensity by adjustment of Doppler gain counteracted the velocity effects and the spectral broadening. With color Doppler, UCM caused dose-dependent color artifacts outside the artery. Flow in narrow stenoses could be visualized with UCM. Conclusion: The effects of UCM on velocity measurements were slight, and were related to changes in spectral intensity. With color Doppler, UCM may facilitate flow detection, but color artifacts may interfere.

  4. The role of completion imaging following carotid artery endarterectomy.

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    Ricco, Jean-Baptiste; Schneider, Fabrice; Illuminati, Giulio; Samson, Russell H

    2013-05-01

    A variety of completion imaging methods can be used during carotid endarterectomy to recognize technical errors or intrinsic abnormalities such as mural thrombus or platelet aggregation, but none of these methods has achieved wide acceptance, and their ability to improve the outcome of the operation remains a matter of controversy. It is unclear if completion imaging is routinely necessary and which abnormalities require re-exploration. Proponents of routine completion imaging argue that identification of these abnormalities will allow their immediate correction and avoid a perioperative stroke. However, much of the evidence in favor of this argument is incidental, and many experienced vascular surgeons who perform carotid endarterectomy do not use any completion imaging technique and report equally good outcomes using a careful surgical protocol. Furthermore, certain postoperative strokes, including intracerebral hemorrhage and hyperperfusion syndrome, are unrelated to the surgical technique and cannot be prevented by completion imaging. This controversial subject is now open to discussion, and our debaters have been given the task to clarify the evidence to justify their preferred option for completion imaging during carotid endarterectomy. PMID:23601598

  5. QUALITY PREDICTION OF ASYMMETRICALLY DISTORTED STEREOSCOPIC IMAGES FROM SINGLE VIEWS

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    Wang, Zhou

    QUALITY PREDICTION OF ASYMMETRICALLY DISTORTED STEREOSCOPIC IMAGES FROM SINGLE VIEWS Jiheng Wang assessment of distorted stereoscopic images is a challenging problem. Existing studies suggest that simply averaging the quality of the left- and right-views well predicts the quality of symmetrically distorted

  6. Image Quality Indices Based on Fuzzy Discrimination Information Measures

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    IOANNIS K. VLACHOS; GEORGE D. SERGIADIS

    Quality measures play an important role in the field of image processing. Such measures are commonly used to assess the performance of different algorithm that are designe d to perform a specific image processing task. In this paper we propose two novel indices for image quality assessment based on the notion of discrimination information between two fuzzy sets. Two different

  7. Measuring Images: Differences, Quality, and Appearance Garrett M. Johnson*

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    Zanibbi, Richard

    Measuring Images: Differences, Quality, and Appearance Garrett M. Johnson* and Mark D. Fairchild Munsell Color Science Laboratory, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA 14623-5604 ABSTRACT One goal of image quality modeling is to predict human

  8. Image quality metrics for optical coherence angiography

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    Lozzi, Andrea; Agrawal, Anant; Boretsky, Adam; Welle, Cristin G.; Hammer, Daniel X.

    2015-01-01

    We characterized image quality in optical coherence angiography (OCA) en face planes of mouse cortical capillary network in terms of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and Weber contrast (Wc) through a novel mask-based segmentation method. The method was used to compare two adjacent B-scan processing algorithms, (1) average absolute difference (AAD) and (2) standard deviation (SD), while varying the number of lateral cross-sections acquired (also known as the gate length, N). AAD and SD are identical at N = 2 and exhibited similar image quality for N<10. However, AAD is relatively less susceptible to bulk tissue motion artifact than SD. SNR and Wc were 15% and 35% higher for AAD from N = 25 to 100. In addition data sets were acquired with two objective lenses with different magnifications to quantify the effect of lateral resolution on fine capillary detection. The lower power objective yielded a significant mean broadening of 17% in Full Width Half Maximum (FWHM) diameter. These results may guide study and device designs for OCA capillary and blood flow quantification.

  9. Increased right ventricular uptake on stress SPECT myocardial perfusion images in a patient with severe coronary artery disease

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    John P. Higgins

    2006-01-01

    Severe abnormal myocardial perfusion defects on single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) are often related to obstructive coronary artery disease. However, falsenegative results may be encountered in patients with severe and extensive coronary artery disease if all of the myocardial territories are uniformly affected—so-called balanced ischemia. In these cases other clues to high risk on MPI

  10. CT for imaging coronary artery disease: defining the paradigm for its application.

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    Ohnesorge, Bernd M; Hofmann, Lars K; Flohr, Thomas G; Schoepf, U Joseph

    2005-02-01

    Current generation multidetector-row CT (MDCT) enables high-resolution, motion-free imaging of the heart within a single, short breath-hold. MDCT allows highly accurate and reproducible quantification of coronary artery calcium, a marker that has been used for the detection, exclusion and monitoring of coronary atherosclerosis. The exact role of coronary calcium measurements for cardiac risk stratification remains unclear to date. At contrast enhanced MDCT coronary angiography coronary arteries can be visualized with unprecedented detail. The accurate non-invasive assessment of the presence and degree of coronary artery stenosis appears within reach. With increasing accuracy MDCT enables non-invasive patency evaluation of coronary artery bypass grafts and coronary stents. The cross-sectional nature of contrast enhanced MDCT coronary angiography allows assessment of the vessel wall and may permit more accurate quantification of total atherosclerotic plaque burden than measuring calcified components alone. For a limited time, future technical improvement will be pursued mainly by accelerated gantry rotation speed and additional detector rows. However, novel concepts of CT image acquisition are already under investigation and may bring about yet another quantum leap for medical CT. This communication discusses potential approaches for the beneficial utilization of MDCT for the assessment of patients with known or suspected coronary heart disease. PMID:15915943

  11. Perceptual Quality Assessment for Multi-Exposure Image Fusion.

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    Ma, Kede; Zeng, Kai; Wang, Zhou

    2015-11-01

    Multi-exposure image fusion (MEF) is considered an effective quality enhancement technique widely adopted in consumer electronics, but little work has been dedicated to the perceptual quality assessment of multi-exposure fused images. In this paper, we first build an MEF database and carry out a subjective user study to evaluate the quality of images generated by different MEF algorithms. There are several useful findings. First, considerable agreement has been observed among human subjects on the quality of MEF images. Second, no single state-of-the-art MEF algorithm produces the best quality for all test images. Third, the existing objective quality models for general image fusion are very limited in predicting perceived quality of MEF images. Motivated by the lack of appropriate objective models, we propose a novel objective image quality assessment (IQA) algorithm for MEF images based on the principle of the structural similarity approach and a novel measure of patch structural consistency. Our experimental results on the subjective database show that the proposed model well correlates with subjective judgments and significantly outperforms the existing IQA models for general image fusion. Finally, we demonstrate the potential application of the proposed model by automatically tuning the parameters of MEF algorithms.The subjective database and the MATLAB code of the proposed model will be made available online. Preliminary results of Section III were presented at the 6th International Workshop on Quality of Multimedia Experience, Singapore, 2014. PMID:26068317

  12. Quality control of diffusion weighted images

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    Liu, Zhexing; Wang, Yi; Gerig, Guido; Gouttard, Sylvain; Tao, Ran; Fletcher, Thomas; Styner, Martin

    2010-03-01

    Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) has become an important MRI procedure to investigate the integrity of white matter in brain in vivo. DTI is estimated from a series of acquired Diffusion Weighted Imaging (DWI) volumes. DWI data suffers from inherent low SNR, overall long scanning time of multiple directional encoding with correspondingly large risk to encounter several kinds of artifacts. These artifacts can be too severe for a correct and stable estimation of the diffusion tensor. Thus, a quality control (QC) procedure is absolutely necessary for DTI studies. Currently, routine DTI QC procedures are conducted manually by visually checking the DWI data set in a gradient by gradient and slice by slice way. The results often suffer from low consistence across different data sets, lack of agreement of different experts, and difficulty to judge motion artifacts by qualitative inspection. Additionally considerable manpower is needed for this step due to the large number of images to QC, which is common for group comparison and longitudinal studies, especially with increasing number of diffusion gradient directions. We present a framework for automatic DWI QC. We developed a tool called DTIPrep which pipelines the QC steps with a detailed protocoling and reporting facility. And it is fully open source. This framework/tool has been successfully applied to several DTI studies with several hundred DWIs in our lab as well as collaborating labs in Utah and Iowa. In our studies, the tool provides a crucial piece for robust DTI analysis in brain white matter study.

  13. Noncontrast MR Angiography of the Hand: Improved Arterial Conspicuity by Multi-Directional Flow-Sensitive Dephasing Magnetization Preparation in 3D Balanced SSFP Imaging

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    Fan, Zhaoyang; Hodnett, Philip A.; Davarpanah, Amir H.; Scanlon, Timothy G.; Sheehan, John J.; Varga, John; Carr, James C.; Li, Debiao

    2011-01-01

    Purpose To develop a flow-sensitive dephasing (FSD) preparative scheme to facilitate multi-directional flow signal suppression in three-dimensional balanced steady-state free precession (SSFP) imaging and to validate the feasibility of the refined sequence for noncontrast MR angiography (NC-MRA) of the hand. Materials and Methods A new FSD preparative scheme was developed that combines two conventional FSD modules. Studies using a flow phantom (gadolinium doped water 15 cm/sec) and the hands of 11 healthy volunteers (6 males and 5 females) were performed to compare the proposed FSD scheme with its conventional counterpart with respect to the signal suppression of multi-directional flow. In 9 of the 11 healthy subjects and 2 patients with suspected vasculitis and documented Raynaud’s phenomenon, respectively, balanced SSFP imaging coupled with the new FSD scheme was compared with spatial-resolution-matched (0.94 × 0.94 × 0.94 mm3) contrast-enhanced (CE) MRA (0.15 mmol/kg gadopentetate dimeglumine) in terms of overall image quality, venous contamination, motion degradation, and arterial conspicuity. Results The proposed FSD scheme was able to suppress two-dimensional flow signal in the flow phantom and hands and yielded significantly higher arterial conspicuity scores than the conventional scheme did on NC-MRA at the regions of common digitals and proper digitals. Compared with CE-MRA, the refined NC-MRA technique yielded comparable overall image quality and motion degradation, significantly less venous contamination, and significantly higher arterial conspicuity score at digital arteries. Conclusion The FSD-based NC-MRA technique is improved in the depiction of multi-directional flow by applying a two-module FSD preparation, which enhances its potential to serve as an alternative MR angiography technique for the assessment of hand vascular abnormalities. PMID:21487301

  14. Test-bolus injection for optimization of arterial phase imaging during contrast-enhanced hepatic MR imaging.

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    Yu, J S; Kim, K W; Jo, B J; Jeong, M G; Kim, J K; Hahm, J K; Lee, J T; Yoo, H S

    2000-08-01

    Contrast enhancement during the dynamic MR imaging is important for the detection and characterization of focal liver lesions. The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not a timing examination with a injection of a 1.0-mL bolus of gadopentetate dimeglumine into the antecubital vein followed by rapid dynamic scanning and measurement of signal intensity of the aorta could help to obtain proper arterial-dominant phase images for the characterization of focal hepatic lesions during subsequent multiphase dynamic MR imaging. The imaging delay to acquisition of the first gadolinium-enhanced image for multiphase dynamic MR imaging was set to equal the time to peak aortic enhancement during the test examination. The first contrast-enhanced images of 80 patients with 160 focal liver lesions (hepatocellular carcinoma, n = 79; cavernous hemangioma, n = 51; metastatic tumor, n = 30) were then retrospectively reviewed. Peak aortic enhancement occurred between 10 and 28 seconds (mean, 16.5 seconds +/- 3.1) after starting the infusion of contrast material in 80 patients during the test-examination. Depending on the findings of intrahepatic vascular enhancement on the full-scale dynamic images, hepatic arterial phase (n = 11, 14%) or sinusoid phase (n = 65, 81%) imaging was obtained during the first gadolinium-enhanced acquisition in 76 (95%) of 80 patients. Three different lesions were well characterized and easily distinguished from each other (p < .0001) on the first-phase images depending on their enhancement pattern. In the majority of patients, timing examination with test-bolus injection was helpful in obtaining qualified images for the characterization of various focal lesions. PMID:10992807

  15. Non-invasive imaging in coronary artery disease including anatomical and functional evaluation of ischaemia and viability assessment

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    Pakkal, M; Raj, V; Mccann, G P

    2011-01-01

    Coronary artery disease has an important impact on the morbidity and mortality statistics and health economics worldwide. Diagnosis of coronary artery disease is important in risk stratification and guides further management. Invasive coronary angiography is the traditional method of imaging the coronary arteries and remains the gold standard. It detects luminal stenosis but provides little information about the vessel wall or plaques. Besides, not all anatomical lesions are functionally significant. This has lent itself to a wide variety of imaging techniques to identify and assess a flow-limiting stenosis. The approach to diagnosis of coronary artery disease is broadly based on anatomical and functional imaging. Coronary CT and MRI of coronary arteries provide an anatomical assessment of coronary stenosis. Coronary calcium score and coronary CT assess subclinical atherosclerosis by assessing the atherosclerotic plaque burden. The haemodynamic significance of a coronary artery stenosis can be assessed by stress radioisotope studies, stress echocardiography and stress MRI. The more recent literature also focuses on plaque assessment and identification of plaques that are likely to give rise to an acute coronary syndrome. There is an explosion of literature on the merits and limitations of the different imaging modalities. This review article will provide an overview of all the imaging modalities in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. PMID:22723535

  16. The prominent role of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in coronary artery disease.

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    Palios, John; Karangelis, Dimos; Roubelakis, Apostolos; Lerakis, Stamatios

    2014-02-01

    The role of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) in coronary artery disease is prominent. CMR provides functional and structural heart disease assessment with high accuracy. It allows accurate cardiac volume and flow quantification and wall motion analysis both at rest and at stress. CMR myocardial perfusion studies detect myocardial ischemia and provide insights into the morphology of the myocardial tissue. CMR imaging noninvasively differentiates causes of myocardial injury such as ischemia or inflammation; stages of myocardial injury, such as acute or chronic; grade of myocardial damage, such as reversible or irreversible; myocardial fibrosis or scar. There is an emerging role of CMR in patients with acute chest presentation since it can demonstrate causes of chest pain other than coronary artery disease such as myocarditis, pericarditis, aortic dissection and pulmonary embolism. CMR is noninvasive and radiation-free. It's combined approach of functional and structural cardiac assessment makes it unique compared with other imaging modalities. PMID:24417312

  17. Carotid Artery Segmentation in Ultrasound Images and Measurement of Intima-Media Thickness

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    Gamad, R. S.; Bansod, P. P.

    2013-01-01

    Background. The segmentation of the common carotid artery (CCA) wall is imperative for the determination of the intima-media thickness (IMT) on B-mode ultrasound (US) images. The IMT is considered an important indicator in the evaluation of the risk for the development of atherosclerosis. In this paper, authors have discussed the relevance of measurements in clinical practices and the challenges that one has to face while approaching the segmentation of carotid artery on ultrasound images. The paper presents an overall review of commonly used methods for the CCA segmentation and IMT measurement along with the different performance metrics that have been proposed and used for performance validation. Summary and future directions are given in the conclusion. PMID:23865066

  18. Accuracy of pulsed arterial spin labeling magnetic resonance imaging in the human brain : tag width and timing effects

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    Bolar, Divya Sanam

    2007-01-01

    Arterial spin labeling (ASL) is the only non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that allows absolute quantification of cerebral blood flow (CBF). It involves using radiofrequency pulses designed to invert ...

  19. Sexuality and Body Image After Uterine Artery Embolization and Hysterectomy in the Treatment of Uterine Fibroids: A Randomized Comparison

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    Volkers, Nicole A.; Bartholomeus, Wouter; de Blok, Sjoerd; Birnie, Erwin; Reekers, Jim A.; Ankum, Willem M.

    2007-01-01

    In this paper the effect of uterine artery embolization (UAE) on sexual functioning and body image is investigated in a randomized comparison to hysterectomy for symptomatic uterine fibroids. The EMbolization versus hysterectoMY (EMMY) trial is a randomized controlled study, conducted at 28 Dutch hospitals. Patients were allocated hysterectomy (n = 89) or UAE (n = 88). Two validated questionnaires (the Sexual Activity Questionnaire [SAQ] and the Body Image Scale [BIS]) were completed by all patients at baseline, 6 weeks, and 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after treatment. Repeated measurements on SAQ scores revealed no differences between the groups. There was a trend toward improved sexual function in both groups at 2 years, although this failed to reach statistical significance except for the dimensions discomfort and habit in the UAE arm. Overall quality of sexual life deteriorated in a minority of cases at all time points, with no significant differences between the groups (at 24 months: UAE, 29.3%, versus hysterectomy, 23.5%; p = 0.32). At 24 months the BIS score had improved in both groups compared to baseline, but the change was only significant in the UAE group (p = 0.009). In conclusion, at 24 months no differences in sexuality and body image were observed between the UAE and the hysterectomy group. On average, both after UAE and hysterectomy sexual functioning and body image scores improved, but significantly so only after UAE. PMID:17671809

  20. Sexuality and Body Image After Uterine Artery Embolization and Hysterectomy in the Treatment of Uterine Fibroids: A Randomized Comparison

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    Hehenkamp, Wouter J. K. [Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam, Department of Gynaecology (Netherlands)], E-mail: w.j.k.hehenkamp@amc.uva.nl; Volkers, Nicole A. [Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam, Department of Radiology (Netherlands); Bartholomeus, Wouter [Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam, Faculty of Medicine (Netherlands); Blok, Sjoerd de [Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis, Amsterdam, Department of Gynaecology (Netherlands); Birnie, Erwin [Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam, Public Health Epidemiology (Netherlands); Reekers, Jim A. [Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam, Department of Radiology (Netherlands); Ankum, Willem M. [Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam, Department of Gynaecology (Netherlands)

    2007-09-15

    In this paper the effect of uterine artery embolization (UAE) on sexual functioning and body image is investigated in a randomized comparison to hysterectomy for symptomatic uterine fibroids. The EMbolization versus hysterectoMY (EMMY) trial is a randomized controlled study, conducted at 28 Dutch hospitals. Patients were allocated hysterectomy (n = 89) or UAE (n 88). Two validated questionnaires (the Sexual Activity Questionnaire [SAQ] and the Body Image Scale [BIS]) were completed by all patients at baseline, 6 weeks, and 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after treatment. Repeated measurements on SAQ scores revealed no differences between the groups. There was a trend toward improved sexual function in both groups at 2 years, although this failed to reach statistical significance except for the dimensions discomfort and habit in the UAE arm. Overall quality of sexual life deteriorated in a minority of cases at all time points, with no significant differences between the groups (at 24 months: UAE, 29.3%, versus hysterectomy, 23.5%; p = 0.32). At 24 months the BIS score had improved in both groups compared to baseline, but the change was only significant in the UAE group (p = 0.009). In conclusion, at 24 months no differences in sexuality and body image were observed between the UAE and the hysterectomy group. On average, both after UAE and hysterectomy sexual functioning and body image scores improved, but significantly so only after UAE.

  1. Multifractal analysis of Arterial Spin Labeling functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the brain

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    Filipe Soares; Inês Sousa; Filipe Janela; João Seabra; Manuela Pereira; Mário M. Freire

    2010-01-01

    This work proposes a multifractal analysis of the time series derived from ASL fMRI (Arterial Spin Labeling functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to detect brain activated regions in response to an unknown stimulus. In contrast to standard model-based activation analysis, no prior knowledge of the expected haemodynamic response has to be assumed for extracting activation patterns from fMRI. The ASL time

  2. Variable-density adaptive imaging for high-resolution coronary artery MRI

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    Marshall S. Sussman; Jeffrey A. Stainsby; Normand Robert; Naeem Merchant; Graham A. Wright

    2002-01-01

    Variable-density (VD) spiral k-space acquisitions are used to acquire high-resolution (0.78 mm), motion-compensated im- ages of the coronary arteries. Unlike conventional methods, information for motion compensation is obtained directly from the coronary anatomy itself. Specifically, periods of minimal coronary distortion are identified by applying the correlation co- efficient template matching algorithm to real-time images gener- ated from the inner, high-density

  3. An efficient two-stage approach for image-based FSI analysis of atherosclerotic arteries

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    Joseph R. Leach; Vitaliy L. Rayz; Mohammad R. K. Mofrad; David Saloner

    2010-01-01

    Patient-specific biomechanical modeling of atherosclerotic arteries has the potential to aid clinicians in characterizing\\u000a lesions and determining optimal treatment plans. To attain high levels of accuracy, recent models use medical imaging data\\u000a to determine plaque component boundaries in three dimensions, and fluid–structure interaction is used to capture mechanical\\u000a loading of the diseased vessel. As the plaque components and vessel wall

  4. Gender differences in quality of life for post coronary artery bypass grafting patients in Taiwan.

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    Tung, Heng-Hsin; Wei, Jen; Chang, Chung-Yi

    2007-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate gender differences in quality of life for post Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) patients in Taiwan. Cross-sectional survey research design and purposive sampling were used in this study, for which 100 subjects, including 50 males and 50 females, were recruited from a medical center in northern Taiwan. Quality of life was measured by Short Form 36, while gender role function and demographic data were collected using a demographic questionnaire. An Independent t test and one way ANOVA were employed to analyze data. Study results showed significant differences in quality of life between genders. There was a statistically significant difference in the physical component summary score, post-CABG, between males (M=45.5) and females (M=40.1, p< .05), which indicates that men demonstrated higher physical functioning than women. Within this component, the greatest difference between the genders was noted in sub-items related to physical functions. Men and women achieved mean scores of 42.2 and 37.9, respectively (p< .05). For the mental component summary section, sub-items related to vitality also demonstrated statistical significance; with men achieving a mean score of 49.6 and women a mean score of 45.2 (p< .05). Of interest, post-CABG patients who had greater role responsibilities, such as taking care of elderly or doing housework, obtained significantly higher quality of life scores. PMID:18080972

  5. Combined Fourier amplitude and phase imaging in patients with coronary artery disease.

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    Alcan, K E; Robeson, W; Graham, M C; Palestro, C; Oliver, F H; Benua, R S

    1984-12-01

    Fourier amplitude and phase image analysis were evaluated in 66 patients. Thirty patients served as a control group and 36 had coronary artery disease (CAD). Each patient in our control group had a rest and exercise radionuclide cineangiogram (RNCA) study (60 total). The amplitude and phase images for controls were uniform. No statistically significant difference in the histogram distribution of amplitude or phase occurred between rest and exercise. Twenty-five patients with CAD had a prior myocardial infarction (MI). Fourier analysis, when compared to the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and visual cine wall motion analysis, improved the sensitivity of the rest RNCA study to detect CAD from 68% to 92%. Regional Fourier amplitude and phase image analysis demonstrated an 85% sensitivity in localizing regions of previous infarction. Thirteen of 25 patients with prior MI and an additional 11 patients with recent onset of angina but no previous infarction, had exercise RNCA studies. When compared to cardiac catheterization data, regional Fourier amplitude and phase image analysis demonstrated sensitivities of 87% and 80%, respectively, in correctly identifying clinically significant major coronary artery involvement in these two subsets of patients. Fourier amplitude and phase image analysis were also able to distinguish normals from patients with previous MI, and patients with CAD but no prior infarction. All comparisons were statistically significant. We conclude that the semiquantitative image analysis of Fourier amplitude and phase data increases the clinical utility of the RNCA study in patients with CAD. PMID:6096069

  6. Determination of culprit coronary artery branches using hemodynamic indices from angiographic images.

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    Zhang, Zhang; Chen, Jun; Takarada, Shigeho; Molloi, Sabee

    2015-01-01

    A recently reported angiographic technique for hemodynamic indices based on first-pass distribution analysis (FPA) could potentially be helpful for determining the culprit artery responsible for myocardial ischemia. The purpose of this study was to determinate the culprit coronary arterial branches based on coronary flow reserve (CFR) and fractional flow reserve (FFR) using only angiographic images. The study was performed in 14 anesthetized swine. Microspheres were injected into coronary arterial branches to create microvascular disruption. Stenosis was also created by inserting plastic tubings in LAD and LCX arterial branches. Adenosine was used to produce maximum hyperemia. Angiographic CFR (CFRa), relative angiographic CFR (rCFRa), and angiographic FFR (FFRa) were calculated by FPA. The diagnostic abilities of CFRa, rCFRa, and FFRa were compared in three models: (1) epicardial stenosis model (S), (2) microcirculation disruption model (M), and (3) combined(S + M) model by using the area under the ROC curve (AUC). The mean differences between FFRa and the pressure-derived FFR (FFRp) measurements were -0.01 ± 0.21 in S model (N = 37) and 0.01 ± 0.18 in M model (N = 53). From 225 measurements in S model, the AUCs for CFRa and FFRa were 0.720 and 0.918, respectively. From 262 measurements in M model and 238 measurements in (S + M) model, the AUCs for CFRa, rCFRa, FFRa were 0.744, 0.715, 0.959 and 0.806, 0.738, 0.995, respectively. The hemodynamic indices of the small branches (down to ~0.7 mm) could be measured using only angiographic image data. The application of FFRa could potentially provide a useful method to assess the severity of disease in coronary arterial branches. PMID:25288357

  7. Compost quality control by hyperspectral imaging

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    Bonifazi, Giuseppe; Serranti, Silvia; D'Aniello, Laura

    2008-04-01

    Compost obtained from different organic waste sources (municipal solid waste, biomass, etc.) is more and more utilized as a relatively low-cost product suitable for agricultural purposes reducing at the same time land filling of wastes. Compost product should comply with specific characteristics in order to be competitive with other fertilizer and amendment products. Main aim of the study was to investigate the possibility offered by hyperspectral imaging to evaluate the compost quality in order to develop control strategies to be implemented at plant scale. Reflectance spectra of selected compost samples have been acquired in the visible-near infrared field (VIS-NIR): 400-1000 nm. Correlations have been established between physical-chemical characteristics of the compost products and contaminants (glass and plastic particles) and their detected reflectance spectral signature.

  8. Image Quality Assessment Kalpana Seshadrinathan, Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas,

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    Wang, Zhou

    Image Quality Assessment Kalpana Seshadrinathan, Thrasyvoulos N. Pappas, Robert J. Safranek of Image Processing, Elsevier, 2009. #12;1 Introduction Recent advances in digital imaging technology, computational speed, storage capacity, and networking have resulted in the proliferation of digital images, both

  9. Automatic Identification of Retinal Arteries and Veins From Dual-Wavelength Images Using Structural and Functional Features

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    Harihar Narasimha-Iyer; James M. Beach; Bahram Khoobehi; Badrinath Roysam

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents an automated method to identify arteries and veins in dual-wavelength retinal fundus images recorded at 570 and 600 nm. Dual-wavelength imaging provides both structural and functional features that can be exploited for identification. The processing begins with automated tracing of the vessels from the 570-nm image. The 600-nm image is registered to this image, and structural and

  10. LANDSAT-4 image data quality analysis

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    Anuta, P. E. (principal investigator)

    1982-01-01

    Work done on evaluating the geometric and radiometric quality of early LANDSAT-4 sensor data is described. Band to band and channel to channel registration evaluations were carried out using a line correlator. Visual blink comparisons were run on an image display to observe band to band registration over 512 x 512 pixel blocks. The results indicate a .5 pixel line misregistration between the 1.55 to 1.75, 2.08 to 2.35 micrometer bands and the first four bands. Also a four 30M line and column misregistration of the thermal IR band was observed. Radiometric evaluation included mean and variance analysis of individual detectors and principal components analysis. Results indicate that detector bias for all bands is very close or within tolerance. Bright spots were observed in the thermal IR band on an 18 line by 128 pixel grid. No explanation for this was pursued. The general overall quality of the TM was judged to be very high.

  11. The influence of environment temperature on SEM image quality

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    Chen, Li; Liu, Junshan

    2015-07-01

    As the structure dimension goes down to the nano-scale, it often requires a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to provide image magnification up to 100?000??×. However, SEM images at such a high magnification usually suffer from high resolution value and low signal-to-noise ratio, which results in low quality of the SEM image. In this paper, the quality of the SEM image is improved by optimizing the environment temperature. The experimental results indicate that at 100?000??×, the quality of the SEM image is influenced by the environment temperature, whereas at 50?000??× it is not. At 100?000??× the best SEM image quality can be achieved from the environment temperature ranging 292 from 294?K, and the SEM image quality evaluated by the double stimulus continuous quality scale method can increase from grade 1 to grade 5. It is expected that this image quality improving method can be used in routine measurements with ordinary SEMs to get high quality images by optimizing the environment temperature.

  12. High-Permittivity Thin Dielectric Padding Improves Fresh Blood Imaging of Femoral Arteries at 3T

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    Lindley, Marc D; Kim, Daniel; Morrell, Glen; Heilbrun, Marta E; Storey, Pippa; Hanrahan, Christopher J; Lee, Vivian S

    2014-01-01

    Objectives Fresh blood imaging (FBI) is a useful non-contrast magnetic resonance angiography (NC-MRA) method for assessment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), particularly in patients with poor renal function. Compared with 1.5T, 3T enables higher signal to noise ratio (SNR) and/or spatio-temporal resolution in FBI, as demonstrated successfully for the calf station. However, FBI of the thigh station at 3T has been reported to suffer from signal void in the common femoral artery of one thigh only due to the radial symmetry in transmit radio-frequency field (B1+) variation. We sought to increase the femoral arterial signal attenuated by B1+ variation in FBI at 3T using high permittivity dielectric padding. Materials and Methods We performed FBI of the thigh station in 13 human subjects at 3T to compare the following 3 settings: no padding, commercially available thick (~ 5 cm) dielectric padding, and high-permittivity thin (~2 cm) dielectric padding. B1+ mapping was also performed in the common femoral arteries to characterize the radial symmetry in B1+ variation and quantify the improvement in B1+ excitation. We characterized the impact of radial symmetry in B1+ variation on the FBI signal and FBI MRA of the right common femoral artery using quantitative (i.e., contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR)) and qualitative (i.e., conspicuity) analyses. Results The radial symmetry in B1+ variation attenuates signal in the right common femoral artery, which can be partially improved with commercial padding and improved further with high permittivity padding. Averaging the results over 13 subjects, the B1+, CNR and conspicuity scores in the right common femoral artery were significantly better with high-permittivity padding than with commercial padding and baseline (p<0.001). Conclusions Our study shows that high-permittivity dielectric padding can be used to increase the femoral arterial signal attenuated by B1+ variation in FBI at 3T. PMID:25329606

  13. Quantitative optical imaging of vascular response in vivo in a model of peripheral arterial disease

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    Poole, Kristin M.; Tucker-Schwartz, Jason M.; Sit, Wesley W.; Walsh, Alex J.; Duvall, Craig L.

    2013-01-01

    The mouse hind limb ischemia (HLI) model is well established for studying collateral vessel formation and testing therapies for peripheral arterial disease, but there is a lack of quantitative techniques for intravitally analyzing blood vessel structure and function. To address this need, non-invasive, quantitative optical imaging techniques were developed to assess the time-course of recovery in the mouse HLI model. Hyperspectral imaging and optical coherence tomography (OCT) were used to non-invasively image hemoglobin oxygen saturation and microvessel morphology plus blood flow, respectively, in the anesthetized mouse after induction of HLI. Hyperspectral imaging detected significant increases in hemoglobin saturation in the ischemic paw as early as 3 days after femoral artery ligation (P < 0.01), and significant increases in distal blood flow were first detected with OCT 14 days postsurgery (P < 0.01). Intravital OCT images of the adductor muscle vasculature revealed corkscrew collateral vessels characteristic of the arteriogenic response to HLI. The hyperspectral imaging and OCT data significantly correlated with each other and with laser Doppler perfusion imaging (LDPI) and tissue oxygenation sensor data (P < 0.01). However, OCT measurements acquired depth-resolved information and revealed more sustained flow deficits following surgery that may be masked by more superficial measurements (LDPI, hyperspectral imaging). Therefore, intravital OCT may provide a robust biomarker for the late stages of ischemic limb recovery. This work validates non-invasive acquisition of both functional and morphological data with hyperspectral imaging and OCT. Together, these techniques provide cardiovascular researchers an unprecedented and comprehensive view of the temporal dynamics of HLI recovery in living mice. PMID:23955718

  14. Limitations to adaptive optics image quality in rodent eyes

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    Zhou, Xiaolin; Bedggood, Phillip; Metha, Andrew

    2012-01-01

    Adaptive optics (AO) retinal image quality of rodent eyes is inferior to that of human eyes, despite the promise of greater numerical aperture. This paradox challenges several assumptions commonly made in AO imaging, assumptions which may be invalidated by the very high power and dioptric thickness of the rodent retina. We used optical modeling to compare the performance of rat and human eyes under conditions that tested the validity of these assumptions. Results showed that AO image quality in the human eye is robust to positioning errors of the AO corrector and to differences in imaging depth and wavelength compared to the wavefront beacon. In contrast, image quality in the rat eye declines sharply with each of these manipulations, especially when imaging off-axis. However, some latitude does exist to offset these manipulations against each other to produce good image quality. PMID:22876346

  15. Quality assessment of images illuminated by dim LCD backlight

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    Huang, Tai-Hsiang; Kao, Chen-Tai; Chen, Homer H.

    2012-03-01

    We consider the quality assessment of images displayed on a liquid crystal display (LCD) with dim backlight-a situation where the power consumption of the LCD is set to a low level. This energy saving mode of LCD decreases the perceived image quality. In particular, some image regions may appear so dark that they become non-perceptible to human eye. The problem becomes more severe when the image is illuminated with very dim backlight. Ignoring the effect of dim backlight on image quality assessment and directly applying an image quality assessment metric to the entire image may produce results inconsistent with human evaluation. We propose a method to fix the problem. The proposed method works as a precursor of image quality assessment. Specifically, given an image and the backlight intensity level of the LCD on which the image is to be displayed, the method automatically classifies the pixels of an image into perceptible and non-perceptible pixels according to the backlight intensity level and excludes the nonperceptible pixels from quality assessment. Experimental results are shown to demonstrate the performance of the proposed method.

  16. Food pattern and quality of life in metabolic syndrome patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting in Taiwan

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    Heng-Hsin Tung; Li-Hua Tseng; Jeng Wei; Cheng-Hsin Lin; Tsae-Jyy Wang; Shu-Yuan Liang

    2011-01-01

    Metabolic syndrome is associated with poor operative outcomes of coronary artery bypass grafting surgery (CABG). A healthy food pattern for metabolic syndrome patients is necessary not only in the initial stage to prevent cardiovascular disease but for those who experience cardiovascular problems and undergo heart surgery. Empirical studies that explore food pattern and quality of life metabolic syndrome patients who

  17. Effects of Practice Setting on Quality of Lipid-Lowering Management in Patients With Coronary Artery Disease

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    David J Harnick; Joel L Cohen; Clyde B Schechter; Valentin Fuster; Donald A Smith

    1998-01-01

    We undertook a study to determine whether there were differences in the quality of lipid management in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) in 2 different practice settings (which represent different socioeconomic classes), and to determine the level of compliance with the National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines by academic physicians in managing patients with CAD. A retrospective cross-sectional study was

  18. A perceptual image quality evaluation based on local spatial information

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    A perceptual image quality evaluation based on local spatial information N. Girard1 , E. Baudrier2 This paper presents a new comparative objective method for image quality evaluation. This method relies on two keys points: a local objective evaluation and a perceptual gathering. The local evaluation

  19. Quantitative quality control in microarray image processing and data acquisition

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    Xujing Wang; Soumitra Ghosh; Sun-Wei Guo

    2001-01-01

    A new integrated image analysis package with quanti- tative quality control schemes is described for cDNA microarray technology. The package employs an itera- tive algorithm that utilizes both intensity characteristics and spatial information of the spots on a microarray image for signal-background segmentation and defines five quality scores for each spot to record irreg- ularities in spot intensity, size and

  20. Indocyanine green fluorescence and three-dimensional imaging of right gastroepiploic artery in gastric tube cancer

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    Nakano, Toru; Sakurai, Tadashi; Maruyama, Shota; Ozawa, Yohei; Kamei, Takashi; Miyata, Go; Ohuchi, Noriaki

    2015-01-01

    A 79-year-old male was admitted to our hospital for the treatment of cancer of the gastric tube. Gastrointestinal examination revealed a T1b Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) tumor at the pyloric region of the gastric tube. Laparotomy did not reveal infiltration into the serosa, peritoneal dissemination, regional lymph node swelling, or distant metastasis. We performed a distal gastrectomy preserving the right gastroepiploic artery by referencing the preoperative three-dimensional computed tomoangiography. We also evaluated the blood flow of the right gastroepiploic artery and in the proximal gastric tube by using indocyanine green fluorescence imaging intra-operatively and then followed with a gastrojejunal anastomosis with Roux-en-Y reconstruction. The definitive diagnosis was moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma of the gastric tube, pT1bN0M0, pStage IA (UICC). His postoperative course was uneventful. Three-dimensional computed tomographic imaging is effective for assessing the course of blood vessels and the relationship with the surrounding structures. Intraoperative evaluation of blood flow of the right gastroepiploic artery and of the gastric tube in the anastomotic portion is very valuable information and could contribute to a safe gastrointestinal reconstruction. PMID:25574113

  1. Non-linear imaging and characterization of atherosclerotic arterial tissue using combined SHG and FLIM microscopy

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    Cicchi, Riccardo; Matthäus, Christian; Meyer, Tobias; Lattermann, Annika; Dietzek, Benjamin; Brehm, Bernhard R.; Popp, Jürgen; Pavone, Francesco S.

    2015-03-01

    Atherosclerosis is among the most widespread cardiovascular diseases and one of the leading cause of death in the Western World. Characterization of arterial tissue in atherosclerotic condition is extremely interesting from the diagnostic point of view, especially for what is concerning collagen content and organization because collagen plays a crucial role in plaque vulnerability. Routinely used diagnostic methods, such as histopathological examination, are limited to morphological analysis of the examined tissues, whereas an exhaustive characterization requires immune-histochemical examination and a morpho-functional approach. Non-linear microscopy techniques offer the potential for providing morpho-functional information on the examined tissues in a label-free way. In this study, we employed combined SHG and FLIM microscopy for characterizing collagen organization in both normal arterial wall and within atherosclerotic plaques. Image pattern analysis of SHG images allowed characterizing collagen organization in different tissue regions. In addition, the analysis of collagen fluorescence decay contributed to the characterization of the samples on the basis of collagen fluorescence lifetime. Different values of collagen fiber mean size, collagen distribution, collagen anisotropy and collagen fluorescence lifetime were found in normal arterial wall and within plaque depositions, prospectively allowing for automated classification of atherosclerotic lesions and plaque vulnerability. The presented method represents a promising diagnostic tool for evaluating atherosclerotic tissue and has the potential to find a stable place in clinical setting as well as to be applied in vivo in the near future.

  2. Optical imaging of resting-state functional connectivity in a novel arterial stiffness model

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    Guevara, Edgar; Sadekova, Nataliya; Girouard, Hélène; Lesage, Frédéric

    2013-01-01

    This study aims to assess the impact of unilateral increases in carotid stiffness on cortical functional connectivity measures in the resting state. Using a novel animal model of induced arterial stiffness combined with optical intrinsic signals and laser speckle imaging, resting state functional networks derived from hemodynamic signals are investigated for their modulation by isolated changes in stiffness of the right common carotid artery. By means of seed-based analysis, results showed a decreasing trend of homologous correlation in the motor and cingulate cortices. Furthermore, a graph analysis indicated a randomization of the cortex functional networks, suggesting a loss of connectivity, more specifically in the motor cortex lateral to the treated carotid, which however did not translate in differentiated metabolic activity. PMID:24298398

  3. Multi-delay Arterial Spin Labeling Perfusion MRI in Moyamoya Disease – Comparison with CT Perfusion Imaging

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    Wang, Rui; Yu, Songlin; Alger, Jeffry R.; Zuo, Zhentao; Chen, Juan; Wang, Rong; An, Jing; Wang, Bo; Zhao, Jizong; Xue, Rong; Wang, Danny JJ

    2014-01-01

    Purpose To present a multi-delay multi-parametric pseudo-continuous ASL (pCASL) protocol that offers simultaneous measurements of cerebral blood flow (CBF), arterial transit time (ATT) and arterial cerebral blood volume (aCBV) and to evaluate its accuracy by comparison with CT perfusion in moyamoya disease. Materials and Methods A 4 post-labeling delay (PLD) pCASL protocol was applied on 17 patients with moyamoya disease who also underwent CT perfusion imaging. ATT was estimated using the multi-delay protocol and included in the calculation of CBF. ASL and CT perfusion images were rated for lesion severity/conspicuity. Pearson correlation coefficients were calculated across voxels between the two modalities in grey and white matter of each subject respectively and between normalized mean values of ASL and CT perfusion measures in major vascular territories. Results Significant associations between ASL and CT perfusion were detected using subjective ratings, voxel-wise analysis in grey and white matter and region of interest (ROI) based analysis of normalized mean perfusion. The correlation between ASL CBF and CT perfusion was improved using the multi-delay pCASL protocol compared to CBF acquired at a single PLD of 2 s (p<0.05). Conclusion There is a correlation between perfusion data from ASL and CT perfusion imaging in patients with moyamoya disease. Multi-delay ASL can improve CBF quantification, which could be a prognostic imaging biomarker in patients with moyamoya disease. PMID:24557051

  4. Digital Watermarking and Tree Structure Based Image Quality Estimation

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    Wang, Zhou

    determinant of customer satisfac- tion and a key indicator of transmission condition [3]. Mean- while, quality more desirable. The digital watermarking techniques can be used to design the non-reference qualityDigital Watermarking and Tree Structure Based Image Quality Estimation Sha Wang School

  5. Image processing system performance prediction and product quality evaluation

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    Stein, E. K.; Hammill, H. B. (principal investigators)

    1976-01-01

    The author has identified the following significant results. A new technique for image processing system performance prediction and product quality evaluation was developed. It was entirely objective, quantitative, and general, and should prove useful in system design and quality control. The technique and its application to determination of quality control procedures for the Earth Resources Technology Satellite NASA Data Processing Facility are described.

  6. Image Quality Assessment Based on Intrinsic Mode Function Coefficients Modeling

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    Abdelkaher Ait Abdelouahad; Mohammed El Hassouni; Hocine Cherifi; Driss Aboutajdine

    \\u000a Reduced reference image quality assessment (RRIQA) methods aim to assess the quality of a perceived image with only a reduced\\u000a cue from its original version, called ”reference image”. The powerful advantage of RR methods is their ”General-purpose”.\\u000a However, most introduced RR methods are built upon a non-adaptive transform models. This can limit the scope of RR methods\\u000a to a small

  7. Cognitive, emotional, and quality of life outcomes in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension

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    Joanne White; Ramona O Hopkins; Eric W Glissmeyer; Natalie Kitterman; C Gregory Elliott

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: The effects of pulmonary arterial hypertension on cardiovascular and physical function are well documented. Limited information exists regarding the effects of pulmonary arterial hypertension on cognitive function despite patient reports of problems with memory and attention. Our primary purpose was to determine if a prospectively identified cohort of pulmonary arterial hypertension patients had cognitive sequelae. Our secondary purpose was

  8. Image Quality Degradation and Retrieval Errors Introduced by Registration and Interpolation of Multispectral Digital Images

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    Theiler, James

    Image Quality Degradation and Retrieval Errors Introduced by Registration and Interpolation and interpolation within the images. We compute the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) and image quality degradation such as boundaries between materials or terrains. For certain applications, sub­pixel accuracy is desired when

  9. Fractal analysis for reduced reference image quality assessment.

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    Xu, Yong; Liu, Delei; Quan, Yuhui; Le Callet, Patrick

    2015-07-01

    In this paper, multifractal analysis is adapted to reduced-reference image quality assessment (RR-IQA). A novel RR-QA approach is proposed, which measures the difference of spatial arrangement between the reference image and the distorted image in terms of spatial regularity measured by fractal dimension. An image is first expressed in Log-Gabor domain. Then, fractal dimensions are computed on each Log-Gabor subband and concatenated as a feature vector. Finally, the extracted features are pooled as the quality score of the distorted image using l1 distance. Compared with existing approaches, the proposed method measures image quality from the perspective of the spatial distribution of image patterns. The proposed method was evaluated on seven public benchmark data sets. Experimental results have demonstrated the excellent performance of the proposed method in comparison with state-of-the-art approaches. PMID:25794391

  10. Intravascular ultrasound imaging of angiographically normal coronary arteries: a prospective study in vivo.

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    Ge, J.; Erbel, R.; Gerber, T.; Görge, G.; Koch, L.; Haude, M.; Meyer, J.

    1994-01-01

    Intravascular ultrasound imaging (IVUS) was performed to elucidate the discrepancy between clinical history and angiographic findings and to measure the diameter and area of the lumen of the normal left coronary artery in 55 patients who presented with chest pain but had normal coronary angiograms. The left coronary artery (LCA) was scanned with a 4.8F, 20 MHz mechanically rotated ultrasound catheter at 413 sites. Atherosclerotic lesions were identified at 72 (17%) sites in 25 patients. The mean (SD) (range) plaque area was 5.55 (3.56) mm2 (2-26 mm2) and it occupied 28.8 (9.6)% (13-70%) of the coronary cross sectional area. Calcification was detected at 24 (33%) atherosclerotic sites in nine patients. The correlation coefficients for the lumen dimensions measured at normal sites by IVUS and by angiography were r = 0.93 (SEE = 0.43) mm for lumen diameter and r = 0.89 (SEE = 4.27) mm2 for lumen area (both p < 0.001). 16 of the 30 patients in whom no atherosclerotic plaques were detected in the LCA lumen by IVUS had no risk factors of coronary artery disease. The cross sectional area of 90 consecutive images of left main coronary artery (LMCA), proximal left anterior descending coronary artery (proximal LAD), and mid LAD was measured in these 16 subjects. The mean (SEM) areas at end diastole were LMCA 17.33 (7.98) mm2; proximal LAD 13.56 (5.85) mm2; mid LAD 9.75 (4.67) mm2. During the cardiac cycle the cross sectional area changed by 10.2 (4.0)% in the LMCA, by 8.3 (4.7)% in the proximal LAD, and by 9.8 (4.0)% in the mid LAD. In 11 patients with plagues the change in cross sectional area in plague segments (5.8(3.1)%) was significantly lower than in the segments from patients without plagues (p < 0.001). Lumen area reached a maximum in early diastole rather than in late diastole. IVUS can imagine atherosclerotic lesions that are angiographically silent; it also provides detailed information about plague characteristics. The variation in coronary cross sectional area during the cardiac cycle should not be ignored during quantitative analysis. Maximum dimensions in normal segments are reached in early diastole. Further studies are needed to clarify the clinical significance of atherosclerosis detected by IVUS in patients presenting with chest pain but normal coronary angiography. Images PMID:8043342

  11. Raman chemical imaging system for food safety and quality inspection

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    Raman chemical imaging technique combines Raman spectroscopy and digital imaging to visualize composition and structure of a target, and it offers great potential for food safety and quality research. In this study, a laboratory-based Raman chemical imaging platform was designed and developed. The i...

  12. Flexible Storage of Still Images with a Perceptual Quality Criterion

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Flexible Storage of Still Images with a Perceptual Quality Criterion Vincent Ricordel, Patrick Le.ricordel@polytech.univ-nantes.fr Abstract. The purpose of the paper is to introduce a new method for flexible storage of still images metric. 1 Introduction In the paper we focus on the problem of digital still image storage. The problem

  13. Atherosclerosis in angiographically “normal” coronary artery reference segments: An intravascular ultrasound study with clinical correlations

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    Gary S. Mintz; Jack A. Painter; Augusto D. Pichard; Kenneth M. Kent; Lowell F. Satler; Jeffrey J. Popma; Ya Chien Chuang; Theresa A. Bucher; Lisa E. Sokolowicz; Martin B. Leon

    1995-01-01

    Objectives. This study evaluated the magnitude, patterns and clinical correlates of atherosclerosis in angiographically “normal” reference segments in patients undergoing transcatheter therapy for symptomatic coronary artery disease.Background. Pathologic studies indicate that the extent of coronary atherosclerosis is underestimated by visual analysis of angiographically normal coronary artery segments. Intravascular ultrasound allows detailed, high quality cross-sectional imaging of the coronary arteries in

  14. Reducing Door?to?Puncture Times for Intra?Arterial Stroke Therapy: A Pilot Quality Improvement Project

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    Mehta, Brijesh P.; Leslie?Mazwi, Thabele M.; Chandra, Ronil V.; Bell, Donnie L.; Sun, Chung?Huan J.; Hirsch, Joshua A.; Rabinov, James D.; Rost, Natalia S.; Schwamm, Lee H.; Goldstein, Joshua N.; Levine, Wilton C.; Gupta, Rishi; Yoo, Albert J.

    2014-01-01

    Background Delays to intra?arterial therapy (IAT) lead to worse outcomes in stroke patients with proximal occlusions. Little is known regarding the magnitude of, and reasons for, these delays. In a pilot quality improvement (QI) project, we sought to examine and improve our door?puncture times. Methods and Results For anterior?circulation stroke patients who underwent IAT, we retrospectively calculated in?hospital time delays associated with various phases from patient arrival to groin puncture. We formulated and then implemented a process change targeted to the phase with the greatest delay. We examined the impact on time to treatment by comparing the pre? and post?QI cohorts. One hundred forty?six patients (93 pre? vs. 51 post?QI) were analyzed. In the pre?QI cohort (ie, sequential process), the greatest delay occurred from imaging to the neurointerventional (NI) suite (“picture?suite”: median, 62 minutes; interquartile range [IQR], 40 to 82). A QI measure was instituted so that the NI team and anesthesiologist were assembled and the suite set up in parallel with completion of imaging and decision making. The post?QI (ie, parallel process) median picture?to?suite time was 29 minutes (IQR, 21 to 41; P<0.0001). There was a 36?minute reduction in median door?to?puncture time (143 vs. 107 minutes; P<0.0001). Parallel workflow and presentation during work hours were independent predictors of shorter door?puncture times. Conclusions In?hospital delays are a major obstacle to timely IAT. A simple approach for achieving substantial time savings is to mobilize the NI and anesthesia teams during patient evaluation and treatment decision making. This parallel workflow resulted in a >30?minute (25%) reduction in median door?to?puncture times. PMID:25389281

  15. Machine vision image quality measurement in cardiac x-ray imaging

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    Kengyelics, Stephen M.; Gislason-Lee, Amber; Keeble, Claire; Magee, Derek; Davies, Andrew G.

    2015-03-01

    The purpose of this work is to report on a machine vision approach for the automated measurement of x-ray image contrast of coronary arteries filled with iodine contrast media during interventional cardiac procedures. A machine vision algorithm was developed that creates a binary mask of the principal vessels of the coronary artery tree by thresholding a standard deviation map of the direction image of the cardiac scene derived using a Frangi filter. Using the mask, average contrast is calculated by fitting a Gaussian model to the greyscale profile orthogonal to the vessel centre line at a number of points along the vessel. The algorithm was applied to sections of single image frames from 30 left and 30 right coronary artery image sequences from different patients. Manual measurements of average contrast were also performed on the same images. A Bland-Altman analysis indicates good agreement between the two methods with 95% confidence intervals -0.046 to +0.048 with a mean bias of 0.001. The machine vision algorithm has the potential of providing real-time context sensitive information so that radiographic imaging control parameters could be adjusted on the basis of clinically relevant image content.

  16. Image quality of a mobile display under different illuminations.

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    Lin, Po-Hung; Kuo, Wen-Hung

    2011-08-01

    This study constructed the image quality models for a small mobile display under different ambient illumination levels using Group Method and Data Handling (GMDH) and described the relationship between perceived image quality and physical measurements. 33 college students took part in this experiment and were asked to evaluate the image quality under 1500 lux (typical indoor office illumination) and 7000 lux (simulated outdoor environment) in Stage One and Stage Two, respectively. In each stage, the participants had to evaluate 21 images. 17 sets of the data as a training set were used to build the model and four sets of the data as a testing set were used to verify the model. The results indicated that the effects of luminance, contrast, correlated color temperature (CCT), and resolution were significant on perceived image quality under 1500 lux. However, color temperature was not a significant physical characteristic, and an interaction between luminance and contrast was found below 7000 lux. From the results of the experiment, it is considered that the outdoor environment (7000 lux) is not suitable for using mobile displays. Finally, once a valid image quality model is built, the subjective image quality can be established when the measurements of significant physical characteristics are provided. The results of subjective ratings can also be provided for mobile display manufacturers to improve the product quality so that their products can meet customers' requirements. PMID:21987921

  17. Tumor Encasement of the Right Coronary Artery: Role of Anatomic and Functional Imaging in Diagnosis and Therapeutic Management

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    Juan, Yu-Hsiang; Chatzizisis, Yiannis S; Saboo, Sachin S; Rocha, Tatiana; Steigner, Michael L

    2014-01-01

    We presented two rare cases of mediastinal tumor encasing the right coronary artery (RCA), one with recurrent metastatic thymoma and another with primary poorly differentiated neoplasm. Different degrees and locations of RCA involvement were noted. The treatment approach varied from conservative to surgical. Coronary artery involvement by mediastinal tumors is important to be investigated with imaging as it may guide the surgical planning. PMID:25422676

  18. No-reference visual quality assessment for image inpainting

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    Voronin, V. V.; Frantc, V. A.; Marchuk, V. I.; Sherstobitov, A. I.; Egiazarian, K.

    2015-03-01

    Inpainting has received a lot of attention in recent years and quality assessment is an important task to evaluate different image reconstruction approaches. In many cases inpainting methods introduce a blur in sharp transitions in image and image contours in the recovery of large areas with missing pixels and often fail to recover curvy boundary edges. Quantitative metrics of inpainting results currently do not exist and researchers use human comparisons to evaluate their methodologies and techniques. Most objective quality assessment methods rely on a reference image, which is often not available in inpainting applications. Usually researchers use subjective quality assessment by human observers. It is difficult and time consuming procedure. This paper focuses on a machine learning approach for no-reference visual quality assessment for image inpainting based on the human visual property. Our method is based on observation that Local Binary Patterns well describe local structural information of the image. We use a support vector regression learned on assessed by human images to predict perceived quality of inpainted images. We demonstrate how our predicted quality value correlates with qualitative opinion in a human observer study. Results are shown on a human-scored dataset for different inpainting methods.

  19. Testing scanners for the quality of output images

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    Concepcion, Vicente P.; Nadel, Lawrence D.; D'Amato, Donald P.

    1995-01-01

    Document scanning is the means through which documents are converted to their digital image representation for electronic storage or distribution. Among the types of documents being scanned by government agencies are tax forms, patent documents, office correspondence, mail pieces, engineering drawings, microfilm, archived historical papers, and fingerprint cards. Increasingly, the resulting digital images are used as the input for further automated processing including: conversion to a full-text-searchable representation via machine printed or handwritten (optical) character recognition (OCR), postal zone identification, raster-to-vector conversion, and fingerprint matching. These diverse document images may be bi-tonal, gray scale, or color. Spatial sampling frequencies range from about 200 pixels per inch to over 1,000. The quality of the digital images can have a major effect on the accuracy and speed of any subsequent automated processing, as well as on any human-based processing which may be required. During imaging system design, there is, therefore, a need to specify the criteria by which image quality will be judged and, prior to system acceptance, to measure the quality of images produced. Unfortunately, there are few, if any, agreed-upon techniques for measuring document image quality objectively. In the output images, it is difficult to distinguish image degradation caused by the poor quality of the input paper or microfilm from that caused by the scanning system. We propose several document image quality criteria and have developed techniques for their measurement. These criteria include spatial resolution, geometric image accuracy, (distortion), gray scale resolution and linearity, and temporal and spatial uniformity. The measurement of these criteria requires scanning one or more test targets along with computer-based analyses of the test target images.

  20. Meat quality evaluation by hyperspectral imaging technique: an overview.

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    Elmasry, Gamal; Barbin, Douglas F; Sun, Da-Wen; Allen, Paul

    2012-01-01

    During the last two decades, a number of methods have been developed to objectively measure meat quality attributes. Hyperspectral imaging technique as one of these methods has been regarded as a smart and promising analytical tool for analyses conducted in research and industries. Recently there has been a renewed interest in using hyperspectral imaging in quality evaluation of different food products. The main inducement for developing the hyperspectral imaging system is to integrate both spectroscopy and imaging techniques in one system to make direct identification of different components and their spatial distribution in the tested product. By combining spatial and spectral details together, hyperspectral imaging has proved to be a promising technology for objective meat quality evaluation. The literature presented in this paper clearly reveals that hyperspectral imaging approaches have a huge potential for gaining rapid information about the chemical structure and related physical properties of all types of meat. In addition to its ability for effectively quantifying and characterizing quality attributes of some important visual features of meat such as color, quality grade, marbling, maturity, and texture, it is able to measure multiple chemical constituents simultaneously without monotonous sample preparation. Although this technology has not yet been sufficiently exploited in meat process and quality assessment, its potential is promising. Developing a quality evaluation system based on hyperspectral imaging technology to assess the meat quality parameters and to ensure its authentication would bring economical benefits to the meat industry by increasing consumer confidence in the quality of the meat products. This paper provides a detailed overview of the recently developed approaches and latest research efforts exerted in hyperspectral imaging technology developed for evaluating the quality of different meat products and the possibility of its widespread deployment. PMID:22591341

  1. Evaluating ambient air quality at exit portals of the Central Artery/Tunnel

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    Lepage, M.; Vanderheyden, M.; Davies, A. [Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin Inc., Guelph, Ontario (Canada)

    1997-12-31

    Full transverse ventilation, with supply and exhaust ducts parallel to the roadway, is the main ventilation approach used on the Central Artery/Tunnel project in Downtown Boston, Massachusetts. However, longitudinal ventilation, in which exhaust air is discharged at the tunnel exit, has been adopted for many of the entrance and exit ramps of the proposed tunnel. In the case of exit ramps, the exhaust fumes are discharged to the outside air, causing a local increase in airborne pollutants. As a result, the feasibility of longitudinal ventilation for these ramps depended in part on whether or not applicable ambient air quality requirements would be met. Physical modeling in a boundary layer wind tunnel was used to predict the dispersion of the exit ramp emissions and evaluate the impact on ambient air quality. Maximum 1-hour, 24-hour and annual average pollutant concentrations at sensitive receptors were predicted by combining the wind tunnel data with five years of hourly meteorological data and background pollutant concentration data for the Boston area. Three levels of analysis were developed in order to streamline the process of evaluating each exit ramp tunnel. At the first level, the pollutant contribution from the given tunnel portal was combined with the measured background pollutant concentration for the study area. At the third level, modeled contributions from traffic on local surface streets, other nearby exit ramps and/or ventilation buildings of the proposed tunnel system were also included. If emissions from a tunnel portal failed to meet the State ambient air quality requirements at any level of analysis, the analysis was discontinued and the tunnel was deemed unsuitable for longitudinal ventilation. The study results showed that nitrogen dioxide was the limiting pollutant.

  2. Quality evaluation of digital fundus images through combined measures

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    Veiga, Diana; Pereira, Carla; Ferreira, Manuel; Gonçalves, Luís; Monteiro, João

    2014-01-01

    Abstract. The evaluation of image quality is an important step before an automatic analysis of retinal images. Several conditions can impair the acquisition of a good image, and minimum image quality requirements should be present to ensure that an automatic or semiautomatic system provides an accurate diagnosis. A method to classify fundus images as low or good quality is presented. The method starts with the detection of regions of uneven illumination and evaluates if the segmented noise masks affect a clinically relevant area (around the macula). Afterwards, focus is evaluated through a fuzzy classifier. An input vector is created extracting three focus features. The system was validated in a large dataset (1454 fundus images), obtained from an online database and an eye clinic and compared with the ratings of three observers. The system performance was close to optimal with an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve of 0.9943.

  3. Objective and subjective image quality evaluation for security technology

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    Milos Klima; Jiri Pazderak; Martin Bernas; Petr Pata; Jiri Hozman; Karel Roubik

    2001-01-01

    The paper is devoted to the impacts of image compression algorithms on security image data. It compares three fundamentally different evaluation techniques of image objective criteria, subjective criteria and identification. We have selected two typical security image data (a car plate and a face) with different initial quality and we applied three different compression techniques-two professional (JPEG and LuRaWave-LWF) and

  4. Effect of acquisition parameters on image quality in digital tomosynthesis

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    Deller, Timothy; Jabri, Kadri N.; Sabol, John M.; Ni, Xianfeng; Avinash, Gopal; Saunders, Rowland; Uppaluri, Renuka

    2007-03-01

    Digital tomosynthesis (DTS) is emerging as an advanced imaging technique that enables volumetric slice imaging with a detector typically used for projection radiography. An understanding of the interactions between DTS acquisition parameters and characteristics of the reconstructed slice images is required for optimizing the acquisition protocols of various clinical applications. This paper presents our investigation of the effects and interactions of acquisition parameters, including sweep angle, number of projections, and dose, on clinically relevant image-quality metrics. Metrics included the image characteristics of in-slice resolution, depth resolution, image noise level, and presence of ripple. Phantom experiments were performed to characterize the relationship between the acquisition parameters and image quality. Results showed that the depth resolution was mainly dependent on sweep angle. Visibility of ripple was determined by the projection density (number of projections divided by sweep angle), as well as properties of the imaged object. Image noise was primarily dependent on total dose and not significantly affected by the number of projections. These experimental and theoretical results were confirmed using anthropomorphic phantoms and also used to develop clinical acquisition protocols. Assessment of phantom and clinical images obtained with these protocols revealed that the use of acquisition protocols optimized for a given clinical exam enables rapid, low-dose, high quality DTS imaging for diverse clinical applications including abdomen, hand, shoulder, spine, and chest. We conclude that DTS acquisition parameters have a significant effect on image quality and should be tailored for the imaged anatomy and desired clinical application. Relationships developed in this work will guide the selection of acquisition protocols to improve image quality and clinical utility of DTS for a wide variety of clinical exams.

  5. Ex-vivo Assessment of Coronary Artery Atherosclerosis by Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Correlation with Histopathology

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    Gomes, Everli P. S. Gonçalves; Rochitte, Carlos Eduardo; Azevedo, Clerio F.; Lemos, Pedro A.; Gutierrez, Paulo Sampaio; César, Luiz Antonio M.

    2014-01-01

    Introduction: In recent years, high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has emerged as a very promising technique for studying atherosclerotic disease in humans. Aim: In the present study we sought to determine whether MRI allowed for the morphological characterization of the coronary vessel wall and atherosclerotic plaques using histopathological assessment as the reference standard. Methods: The study population consisted of 13 patients who died of acute myocardial infarction and underwent autopsy. The proximal portions of the coronary arteries were excised and were evaluated both by MRI and by histopathology. For each arterial segment, the following parameters were calculated through manual planimetry: 1. total vessel area (TVA); 2. luminal area (LA) and 3. plaque area (PA). Results: A total of 207 coronary artery cross-sections were found to be suitable for analysis by both MRI and histopathology and were included in the final analyses. Both methods demonstrated moderate to good agreement for the quantification of TVA (mean difference = 2.4±2.4 mm2, 95‰ limits of agreement from -2.4 to +7.2 mm2; CCC = 0.69, 95‰ CI from 0.63 to 0.75), LA (mean difference = 0.0±1.7 mm2, 95‰ limits of agreement from -3.3 to + 3.3 mm2; CCC = 0.84, 95‰ CI from 0.80 to 0.88) and PA (mean difference = 2.4±2.4 mm2, 95‰ limits of agreement from -2.3 to + 7.1 mm2; CCC = 0.64, 95‰ CI from 0.58 to 0.71). Conclusion: In this ex vivo experimental model we demonstrated good agreement between coronary artery morphometrical measurements obtained by high-resolution MRI and by histopathology. PMID:24847387

  6. Combination of Myocardial Perfusion Imaging and Coronary Artery Calcium Scanning: Potential Synergies for Improving Risk Assessment in Subjects with Suspected Coronary Artery Disease

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    Jamal S. Rana; Alan Rozanski; Daniel S. Berman

    For many years, the mainstay of noninvasive evaluation of patients suspected of ischemic cardiovascular disease (CVD) centered\\u000a on the use of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). In recent years, the advent of newer modalities such as coronary artery\\u000a calcium (CAC) scanning, coronary CT angiography, and MRI have broadened the means of assessing cardiac patients for this purpose.\\u000a Moreover, the advent of

  7. Sectioned images and surface models of a cadaver for understanding the deep circumflex iliac artery flap.

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    Kim, Bong Chul; Chung, Min Suk; Kim, Hyung Jun; Park, Jin Seo; Shin, Dong Sun

    2014-03-01

    The aim of this study was to describe the deep circumflex iliac artery (DCIA) flap from sectioned images and stereoscopic anatomic models using Visible Korean, for the benefit of medical education and clinical training in the field of oromandibular reconstructive surgery. Serially sectioned images of the pelvic area were obtained from a cadaver. Outlines of significant structures in the sectioned images were drawn and stacked to build surface models. The PDF (portable document format) file (size, 30 MB) of the constructed models is available for free download on the Web site of the Department of Anatomy at Ajou University School of Medicine (http://anatomy.co.kr). In the PDF file, the relevant structures of the DCIA flap can be seen in the sectioned images. All surface models and stereoscopic structures associated with the DCIA flap are displayed in real time. We hope that these state-of-the-art sectioned images, outlined images, and surface models will help students and trainees better understand the anatomy associated with DCIA flap. PMID:24621709

  8. Hepatic Arterial Phase on Gadoxetic Acid-Enhanced Liver MR Imaging: A Randomized Comparison of 0.5 mL/s and 1 mL/s Injection Rates

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    Kim, Sung Mo; Heo, Suk Hee; Kim, Jin Woong; Lim, Hyo Soon; Shin, Sang Soo; Kang, Heoung Keun

    2014-01-01

    Objective To compare gadoxetic acid injection rates of 0.5 mL/s and 1 mL/s for hepatic arterial-phase magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Materials and Methods In this prospective study, 101 consecutive patients with suspected focal liver lesions were included and randomly divided into two groups. Each group underwent dynamic liver MR imaging using a 3.0-T scanner after an intravenous injection of gadoxetic acid at rates of either 0.5 mL/s (n = 50) or 1 mL/s (n = 51). Arterial phase images were analyzed after blinding the injection rates. The signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) of the liver, aorta, portal vein, hepatic vein, spleen, and pancreas were measured. The contrast-to-noise ratios (CNRs) of the hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC) were calculated. Finally, two experienced radiologists were independently asked to identify, if any, HCCs in the liver on the images and score the image quality in terms of the presence of artifacts and the proper enhancement of the liver, aorta, portal vein, hepatic vein, hepatic artery, spleen, pancreas, and kidney. Results The SNRs were not significantly different between the groups (p = 0.233-0.965). The CNRs of the HCCs were not significantly different (p = 0.597). The sensitivity for HCC detection and the image quality scores were not significantly different between the two injection rates (p = 0.082-1.000). Conclusion Image quality and sensitivity for hepatic HCCs of arterial-phase gadoxetic acid-enhanced MR were not significantly improved by reducing the contrast injection rate to 0.5 mL/s compared with 1 mL/s. PMID:25246821

  9. Objective assessment of image quality (OAIQ) in fluorescence-enhanced optical imaging 

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    Sahu, Amit K.

    2009-05-15

    . 12, 13 Additionally, the popularity and credibility of nuclear techniques for the diagnostic medical imaging can be ascribed to the established tools for the objective assessment of image quality (OAIQ). 14-16 These tools aid in the imaging... equipment development, performance specification, comparison of different imaging systems, and the imaging technique optimization. More importantly, they can be used to improve the 3 diagnostic ability of medical imaging systems. Since fluorescence...

  10. ELECTROMAGNETIC PHANTOM DESIGN FOR MEASUREMENT AND IMAGING QUALITY TESTING USING NMR IMAGING METHODS

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    I. Frollo; P. Andris; Z. Holúbeková

    2009-01-01

    Electromagnetic phantom design for measurement and imaging quality testing using NMR imaging has been performed. First attempts of electromagnetic phantom computation and testing on an experimental NMR 0,1 T imager were accomplished. The existing geometrical and chemical phantoms are generally used for testing of NMR imaging systems. They are simple cylindrical or rectangular objects with different dimensions and shapes with

  11. Feature maps driven no-reference image quality prediction of authentically distorted images

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    Ghadiyaram, Deepti; Bovik, Alan C.

    2015-03-01

    Current blind image quality prediction models rely on benchmark databases comprised of singly and synthetically distorted images, thereby learning image features that are only adequate to predict human perceived visual quality on such inauthentic distortions. However, real world images often contain complex mixtures of multiple distortions. Rather than a) discounting the effect of these mixtures of distortions on an image's perceptual quality and considering only the dominant distortion or b) using features that are only proven to be efficient for singly distorted images, we deeply study the natural scene statistics of authentically distorted images, in different color spaces and transform domains. We propose a feature-maps-driven statistical approach which avoids any latent assumptions about the type of distortion(s) contained in an image, and focuses instead on modeling the remarkable consistencies in the scene statistics of real world images in the absence of distortions. We design a deep belief network that takes model-based statistical image features derived from a very large database of authentically distorted images as input and discovers good feature representations by generalizing over different distortion types, mixtures, and severities, which are later used to learn a regressor for quality prediction. We demonstrate the remarkable competence of our features for improving automatic perceptual quality prediction on a benchmark database and on the newly designed LIVE Authentic Image Quality Challenge Database and show that our approach of combining robust statistical features and the deep belief network dramatically outperforms the state-of-the-art.

  12. Interplay between JPEG-2000 image coding and quality estimation

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    Pinto, Guilherme O.; Hemami, Sheila S.

    2013-03-01

    Image quality and utility estimators aspire to quantify the perceptual resemblance and the usefulness of a distorted image when compared to a reference natural image, respectively. Image-coders, such as JPEG-2000, traditionally aspire to allocate the available bits to maximize the perceptual resemblance of the compressed image when compared to a reference uncompressed natural image. Specifically, this can be accomplished by allocating the available bits to minimize the overall distortion, as computed by a given quality estimator. This paper applies five image quality and utility estimators, SSIM, VIF, MSE, NICE and GMSE, within a JPEG-2000 encoder for rate-distortion optimization to obtain new insights on how to improve JPEG-2000 image coding for quality and utility applications, as well as to improve the understanding about the quality and utility estimators used in this work. This work develops a rate-allocation algorithm for arbitrary quality and utility estimators within the Post- Compression Rate-Distortion Optimization (PCRD-opt) framework in JPEG-2000 image coding. Performance of the JPEG-2000 image coder when used with a variety of utility and quality estimators is then assessed. The estimators fall into two broad classes, magnitude-dependent (MSE, GMSE and NICE) and magnitudeindependent (SSIM and VIF). They further differ on their use of the low-frequency image content in computing their estimates. The impact of these computational differences is analyzed across a range of images and bit rates. In general, performance of the JPEG-2000 coder below 1.6 bits/pixel with any of these estimators is highly content dependent, with the most relevant content being the amount of texture in an image and whether the strongest gradients in an image correspond to the main contours of the scene. Above 1.6 bits/pixel, all estimators produce visually equivalent images. As a result, the MSE estimator provides the most consistent performance across all images, while specific estimators are expected to provide improved performance for images with suitable content.

  13. a New System for Estimating Sclerosis of IN VIVO Common Carotid Artery by Ultrasound B-Mode Image Analysis

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    Nogata, Fumio; Yokota, Yasunari; Kawamura, Yoko; Walsh, W. R.

    2009-08-01

    A new system has been developed for estimating sclerosis of in vivo common carotid artery by ultrasound B-mode (Brightness-mode) image analysis. The method is based on in vivo stiffness, Eth, calculated from the variation of carotid-duct-diameter with changing of systolic and diastolic blood pressures. In addition from the results of tensile and internal pressure burst test using in vitro human and animal arteries specimens, we found a correlation between in vitro Eths estimated from stress-strain curve of radial and tensile tests by subjecting step by step loads. Thus, using a correlation curve a technique for estimating in vivo Eth as well as tensile strength of carotid artery can be predicted. Then, to be a simple routine medical examination, a prototype software was developed, which is capable to measure the diameter changes by the image processing based on 30-image/s and one pixel size data (in case of the report, 0.0713 mm/pixel) of an ultrasound device. The total examination time for both sides of the common carotid arteries was within 300 seconds. To examine the validity of this technique, some clinical data is presented. The result indicated that the stiffness (Eth), strength, and critical burst pressure are useful symptom indices for arterial sclerosis, especially for finding the beginning sclerosis that would start early twenties.

  14. A SPECT study in internal carotid artery occlusion: Discrepancies between flow image and neurologic deficits

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    Moriwaki, H.; Hougaku, H.; Matsuda, I.; Kusunoki, M.; Shirai, J. (Kobe Ekisaikai Hospital (Japan))

    1989-08-01

    A SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) study in internal carotid artery (ICA) occlusion was performed in 6 patients. The validity of iodoamphetamine (IMP) SPECT study in the evaluation of cerebral blood flow (CBF) or neurologic function is still controversial. In this study, the authors showed several cases in whom SPECT images of brain were not compatible with their neurologic deficits. In 2 typical cases, a large low-density area was observed in the non-dominant hemisphere in computed tomography (CT) scan, but no apparent motor-sensory deficits in left limbs were present. In these patients, SPECT study also revealed flow reduction in the affected side of the brain. So there was a possibility that an IMP brain image could not always reflect CBF, which maintains neurologic function of the brain.

  15. Fetal Origin of the Posterior Cerebral Artery Produces Left-Right Asymmetry on Perfusion Imaging

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    Wentland, A.L.; Rowley, H.A.; Vigen, K.K.; Field, A.S.

    2010-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Fetal origin of the PCA is a common anatomic variation of the circle of Willis. On perfusion imaging, patients with unilateral fetal-type PCA may demonstrate left-right asymmetry that could mimic cerebrovascular disease. The aim of this study was to characterize the relationship between a fetal-type PCA and asymmetry of hemodynamic parameters derived from MR perfusion imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS We retrospectively reviewed MR perfusion studies of 36 patients to determine the relationship between hemodynamic and vascular asymmetries in the PCA territory. Perfusion asymmetry indices for the PCA territory were computed from maps of rCBF, rCBV, MTT, Tmax, and FMT. Vascular asymmetry indices were derived from calibers of the PCA-P1 segments relative to the posterior communicating arteries. RESULTS Asymmetrically smaller values of FMT and Tmax were observed with unilateral fetal-type PCA, and these were strongly correlated with the degree of vascular asymmetry (Spearman’s rho = 0.76 and 0.74, respectively, P < 1 × 10?6). Asymmetries of rCBF, MTT, and rCBV were neither significant nor related to vascular asymmetry. CONCLUSIONS Faster perfusion transit times are seen for parameters sensitive to macrovascular transit effects (eg, FMT and Tmax) ipsilateral to fetal origin of the PCA in proportion to the degree of arterial asymmetry. Knowledge of this normal variation is critical in the interpretation of perfusion studies because asymmetry could mimic cerebrovascular pathology. PMID:19875474

  16. Progressive perceptually transparent coder for very high quality images

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    Algazi, V. Ralph; Ford, Gary E.; Estes, Robert R., Jr.; El-Fallah, Adel I.; Najmi, Azfar

    1994-09-01

    In the perceptually transparent coding of images, we use representation and quantization strategies that exploit properties of human perception to obtain an approximate digital image indistinguishable from the original. This image is then encoded in an error free manner. The resulting coders have better performance than error free coding for a comparable quality. Further, by considering changes to images that do not produce perceptible distortion, we identify image characteristics onerous for the encoder, but perceptually unimportant. Once such characteristic is the typical noise level, often imperceptible, encountered in still images. Thus, we consider adaptive noise removal to improve coder performance, without perceptible degradation of quality. In this paper, several elements contribute to coding efficiency while preserving image quality: adaptive noise removal, additive decomposition of the image with a high activity remainder, coarse quantization of the remainder, progressive representation of the remainder, using bilinear or directional interpolation methods, and efficient encoding of the sparse remainder. The overall coding performance improvement due to noise removal and the use of a progressive code is about 18%, as compared to our previous results for perceptually transparent coders. The compression ratio for a set of nine test images is 3.72 for no perceptible loss of quality.

  17. Coronary artery wall imaging in mice using osmium tetroxide and micro-computed tomography (micro-CT)

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    Pai, Vinay M.; Kozlowski, Megan; Donahue, Danielle; Miller, Elishiah; Xiao, Xianghui; Chen, Marcus Y.; Yu, Zu-Xi; Connelly, Patricia; Jeffries, Kenneth; Wen, Han (NIH)

    2012-05-10

    The high spatial resolution of micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) is ideal for 3D imaging of coronary arteries in intact mouse heart specimens. Previously, micro-CT of mouse heart specimens utilized intravascular contrast agents that hardened within the vessel lumen and allowed a vascular cast to be made. However, for mouse coronary artery disease models, it is highly desirable to image coronary artery walls and highlight plaques. For this purpose, we describe an ex vivo contrast-enhanced micro-CT imaging technique based on tissue staining with osmium tetroxide (OsO{sub 4}) solution. As a tissue-staining contrast agent, OsO{sub 4} is retained in the vessel wall and surrounding tissue during the fixation process and cleared from the vessel lumens. Its high X-ray attenuation makes the artery wall visible in CT. Additionally, since OsO{sub 4} preferentially binds to lipids, it highlights lipid deposition in the artery wall. We performed micro-CT of heart specimens of 5- to 25-week-old C57BL/6 wild-type mice and 5- to 13-week-old apolipoprotein E knockout (apoE{sup -/-}) mice at 10 {mu}m resolution. The results show that walls of coronary arteries as small as 45 {mu}m in diameter are visible using a table-top micro-CT scanner. Similar image clarity was achieved with 1/2000th the scan time using a synchrotron CT scanner. In 13-week-old apoE mice, lipid-rich plaques are visible in the aorta. Our study shows that the combination of OsO{sub 4} and micro-CT permits the visualization of the coronary artery wall in intact mouse hearts.

  18. Separation of arteries and veins in the cerebral cortex using physiological oscillations by optical imaging of intrinsic signal

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    Hu, Dewen; Wang, Yucheng; Liu, Yadong; Li, Ming; Liu, Fayi

    2010-05-01

    An automated method is presented for artery-vein separation in cerebral cortical images recorded with optical imaging of the intrinsic signal. The vessel-type separation method is based on the fact that the spectral distribution of intrinsic physiological oscillations varies from arterial regions to venous regions. In arterial regions, the spectral power is higher in the heartbeat frequency (HF), whereas in venous regions, the spectral power is higher in the respiration frequency (RF). The separation method was begun by extracting the vascular network and its centerline. Then the spectra of the optical intrinsic signals were estimated by the multitaper method. A standard F-test was performed on each discrete frequency point to test the statistical significance at the given level. Four periodic physiological oscillations were examined: HF, RF, and two other eigenfrequencies termed F1 and F2. The separation of arteries and veins was implemented with the fuzzy c-means clustering method and the region-growing approach by utilizing the spectral amplitudes and power-ratio values of the four eigenfrequencies on the vasculature. Subsequently, independent spectral distributions in the arteries, veins, and capillary bed were estimated for comparison, which showed that the spectral distributions of the intrinsic signals were very distinct between the arterial and venous regions.

  19. The use of the general image quality equation in the design and evaluation of imaging systems

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    Cota, Steve A.; Florio, Christopher J.; Duvall, David J.; Leon, Michael A.

    2009-08-01

    The design of any modern imaging system is the end result of many trade studies, each seeking to optimize image quality within real world constraints such as cost, schedule and overall risk. The National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS) is a useful measure of image quality, because, by characterizing the overall interpretability of an image, it combines into one metric those contributors to image quality to which a human interpreter is most sensitive. The main drawback to using a NIIRS rating as a measure of image quality in engineering trade studies is the fact that it is tied to the human observer and cannot be predicted from physical principles and engineering parameters alone. The General Image Quality Equation (GIQE) of Leachtenauer et al. 1997 [Appl. Opt. 36, 8322-8328 (1997)] is a regression of actual image analyst NIIRS ratings vs. readily calculable engineering metrics, and provides a mechanism for using the expected NIIRS rating of an imaging system in the design and evaluation process. In this paper, we will discuss how we use the GIQE in conjunction with The Aerospace Corporation's Parameterized Image Chain Analysis & Simulation SOftware (PICASSO) to evaluate imager designs, taking a hypothetical high resolution commercial imaging system as an example.

  20. Coronary arteries

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    P. A. Wielopolski; R. J. M. van Geuns; P. J. de Feyter; M. Oudkerk

    1998-01-01

    .   Conventional coronary angiography (CA) is the standard of excellence for the evaluation of coronary artery disease. However,\\u000a non-invasive imaging modalities have developed that can play an important clinical role in the diagnosis. Magnetic resonance\\u000a imaging (MRI) can offer a comprehensive evaluation of the heart and the coronary arteries by virtue of its high soft tissue\\u000a contrast capabilities, double-oblique tomographic

  1. Understanding image quality losses due to smear in high-resolution remote sensing imaging systems

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    Smith, Steven L.; Mooney, James A.; Tantalo, Theodore A.; Fiete, Robert D.

    1999-05-01

    Space-based high-resolution scanning array imaging systems have the potential to introduce large amounts of image smear. When designing these systems, it is useful to understand how smear will degrade image quality. A brief description of the causes of smear and a simple mathematical model are presented. A series of image simulations (for a system in which (lambda) FN/p equals 1.0, where (lambda) is the mean wavelength for a panchromatic system, FN is the system f number, and p is the pixel pitch of the detectors) are performed in which along scan smear (ranging from 1.0 to 8.0 pixels) is introduced. Using the National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS), expert observers rated (Delta) NIIRS difference in image quality between the images with simulated smear and the original `unsmeared' image. The functional relationship between smear error and image quality (in units of (Delta) NIIRS) is determined.

  2. X-ray image quality indicator designed for easy alignment

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    Thomas A. Siewert; Mark W. Austin

    1992-01-01

    A new image quality indicator (IQI) design is proposed that is particularly suitable for fundamental measurements of image unsharpness. The design is that of a thin strip, with its larger cross-sectional dimension aligned parallel to the beam at some location along the strip. One end of the strip is given a half twist so some section near the center of

  3. CYCLOP: A Stereo Color Image Quality Assessment Metric

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    field. I. INTRODUCTION With the increasing advances in 3D TV and 3D cinema and the increasing interests in enhancing the viewing displays by incorporating multiview/stereo imaging, more and more digital stereo1 CYCLOP: A Stereo Color Image Quality Assessment Metric Aldo Maalouf , Mohamed-Chaker Larabi

  4. Comparison of SNR image quality metrics for remote sensing systems

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    Fiete, Robert D.; Tantalo, Theodore A.

    2001-04-01

    Different definitions of the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) are being used as metrics to describe the image quality of remote sensing systems. It is usually not clear which SNR definition is being used and what the image quality of the system is when an SNR value is quoted. This paper looks at several SNR metrics used in the remote sensing community. Image simulations of the Kodak Space Remote Sensing Camera, Model 1000, were produced at different signal levels to give insight into the image quality that corresponds with the different SNR metric values. The change in image quality of each simulation at different signal levels is also quantified using the National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS) and related to the SNR metrics to better understand the relationship between the metric and image interpretability. An analysis shows that the loss in image interpretability, measured as (Delta) NIIRS, can be modeled as a linear relationship with the noise-equivalent change in reflection (NE(Delta) p). This relationship is used to predict the values that the various SNR metrics must exceed to prevent a loss in the interpretability of the image from the noise.

  5. A feature-enriched completely blind image quality evaluator.

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    Lin Zhang; Lei Zhang; Bovik, Alan C

    2015-08-01

    Existing blind image quality assessment (BIQA) methods are mostly opinion-aware. They learn regression models from training images with associated human subjective scores to predict the perceptual quality of test images. Such opinion-aware methods, however, require a large amount of training samples with associated human subjective scores and of a variety of distortion types. The BIQA models learned by opinion-aware methods often have weak generalization capability, hereby limiting their usability in practice. By comparison, opinion-unaware methods do not need human subjective scores for training, and thus have greater potential for good generalization capability. Unfortunately, thus far no opinion-unaware BIQA method has shown consistently better quality prediction accuracy than the opinion-aware methods. Here, we aim to develop an opinion-unaware BIQA method that can compete with, and perhaps outperform, the existing opinion-aware methods. By integrating the features of natural image statistics derived from multiple cues, we learn a multivariate Gaussian model of image patches from a collection of pristine natural images. Using the learned multivariate Gaussian model, a Bhattacharyya-like distance is used to measure the quality of each image patch, and then an overall quality score is obtained by average pooling. The proposed BIQA method does not need any distorted sample images nor subjective quality scores for training, yet extensive experiments demonstrate its superior quality-prediction performance to the state-of-the-art opinion-aware BIQA methods. The MATLAB source code of our algorithm is publicly available at www.comp.polyu.edu.hk/~cslzhang/IQA/ILNIQE/ILNIQE.htm. PMID:25915960

  6. Imaging of vascular dynamics within the foot using dynamic diffuse optical tomography to diagnose peripheral arterial disease

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    Khalil, M. A.; Kim, H. K.; Hoi, J. W.; Kim, I.; Dayal, R.; Shrikande, G.; Hielscher, A. H.

    2013-03-01

    Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is the narrowing of the functional area of the artery generally due to atherosclerosis. It affects between 8-12 million people in the United States and if untreated this can lead to ulceration, gangrene and ultimately amputation. The current diagnostic method for PAD is the ankle-brachial index (ABI). The ABI is a ratio of the patient's systolic blood pressure in the foot to that of the brachial artery in the arm, a ratio below 0.9 is indicative of affected vasculature. However, this method is ineffective in patients with calcified arteries (diabetic and end-stage renal failure patients), which falsely elevates the ABI recording resulting in a false negative reading. In this paper we present our results in a pilot study to deduce optical tomography's ability to detect poor blood perfusion in the foot. We performed an IRB approved 30 patient study, where we imaged the feet of the enrolled patients during a five stage dynamic imaging sequence. The patients were split up into three groups: 10 healthy subjects, 10 PAD patients and 10 PAD patients with diabetes and they were imaged while applying a pressure cuff to their thigh. Differences in the magnitude of blood pooling in the foot and rate at which the blood pools in the foot are all indicative of arterial disease.

  7. Review of Source Images is Necessary for the Evaluation of Gadolinium-Enhanced MR Angiography for Renal Artery Stenosis

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    Wehrschuetz, M., E-mail: martin.wehrschuetz@klinikum-graz.at; Aschauer, M.; Portugaller, H.; Stix, A. [University Hospital Graz, Department of Radiology (Austria); Wehrschuetz-Sigl, E. [University Hospital Graz, Department of Angiology (Austria); Hausegger, K.; Ebner, F. [University Hospital Graz, Department of Radiology (Austria)

    2004-09-15

    The purpose of this study was to assess interobserver variability and accuracy in the evaluation of renal artery stenosis (RAS) with gadolinium-enhanced MR angiography (MRA) and digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in patients with hypertension. The authors found that source images are more accurate than maximum intensity projection (MIP) for depicting renal artery stenosis. Two independent radiologists reviewed MRA and DSA from 38 patients with hypertension. Studies were postprocessed to display images in MIP and source images. DSA was the standard for comparison in each patient. For each main renal artery, percentage stenosis was estimated for any stenosis detected by the two radiologists. To calculate sensitivity, specificity and accuracy, MRA studies and stenoses were categorized as normal, mild (1-39%), moderate (40-69%) or severe ({>=}70%), or occluded. DSA stenosis estimates of 70% or greater were considered hemodynamically significant. Analysis of variance demonstrated that MIP estimates of stenosis were greater than source image estimates for both readers. Differences in estimates for MIP versus DSA reached significance in one reader. The interobserver variance for MIP, source images and DSA was excellent (0.80< {kappa}{<=} 0.90). The specificity of source images was high (97%) but less for MIP (87%); average accuracy was 92% for MIP and 98% for source images. In this study, source images are significantly more accurate than MIP images in one reader with a similar trend was observed in the second reader. The interobserver variability was excellent. When renal artery stenosis is a consideration, high accuracy can only be obtained when source images are examined.

  8. 4D motion modeling of the coronary arteries from CT images for robotic assisted minimally invasive surgery

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    Zhang, Dong Ping; Edwards, Eddie; Mei, Lin; Rueckert, Daniel

    2009-02-01

    In this paper, we present a novel approach for coronary artery motion modeling from cardiac Computed Tomography( CT) images. The aim of this work is to develop a 4D motion model of the coronaries for image guidance in robotic-assisted totally endoscopic coronary artery bypass (TECAB) surgery. To utilize the pre-operative cardiac images to guide the minimally invasive surgery, it is essential to have a 4D cardiac motion model to be registered with the stereo endoscopic images acquired intraoperatively using the da Vinci robotic system. In this paper, we are investigating the extraction of the coronary arteries and the modelling of their motion from a dynamic sequence of cardiac CT. We use a multi-scale vesselness filter to enhance vessels in the cardiac CT images. The centerlines of the arteries are extracted using a ridge traversal algorithm. Using this method the coronaries can be extracted in near real-time as only local information is used in vessel tracking. To compute the deformation of the coronaries due to cardiac motion, the motion is extracted from a dynamic sequence of cardiac CT. Each timeframe in this sequence is registered to the end-diastole timeframe of the sequence using a non-rigid registration algorithm based on free-form deformations. Once the images have been registered a dynamic motion model of the coronaries can be obtained by applying the computed free-form deformations to the extracted coronary arteries. To validate the accuracy of the motion model we compare the actual position of the coronaries in each time frame with the predicted position of the coronaries as estimated from the non-rigid registration. We expect that this motion model of coronaries can facilitate the planning of TECAB surgery, and through the registration with real-time endoscopic video images it can reduce the conversion rate from TECAB to conventional procedures.

  9. Analysis of the Effects of Image Quality on Digital Map Generation from Satellite Images

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    Kim, H.; Kim, D.; Kim, S.; Kim, T.

    2012-07-01

    High resolution satellite images are widely used to produce and update a digital map since they became widely available. It is well known that the accuracy of digital map produced from satellite images is decided largely by the accuracy of geometric modelling. However digital maps are made by a series of photogrammetric workflow. Therefore the accuracy of digital maps are also affected by the quality of satellite images, such as image interpretability. For satellite images, parameters such as Modulation Transfer Function(MTF), Signal to Noise Ratio(SNR) and Ground Sampling Distance(GSD) are used to present images quality. Our previous research stressed that such quality parameters may not represent the quality of image products such as digital maps and that parameters for image interpretability such as Ground Resolved Distance(GRD) and National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale(NIIRS) need to be considered. In this study, we analyzed the effects of the image quality on accuracy of digital maps produced by satellite images. QuickBird, IKONOS and KOMPSAT-2 imagery were used to analyze as they have similar GSDs. We measured various image quality parameters mentioned above from these images. Then we produced digital maps from the images using a digital photogrammetric workstation. We analyzed the accuracy of the digital maps in terms of their location accuracy and their level of details. Then we compared the correlation between various image quality parameters and the accuracy of digital maps. The results of this study showed that GRD and NIIRS were more critical for map production then GSD, MTF or SNR.

  10. Quality enhancement of image-intensified x-ray image

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    Kenro Kuroki; Kenji Kurosawa; Naoki Saitoh; Hiroyoshi Konuma

    1997-01-01

    An x-ray image intensified cooled CCD camera (x-ray IICCCDC) with micro-focused x-ray source, is a very powerful tool for objects investigation. We can get inside images of objects non destructively and we can also get magnified images of the objects. We investigate illegal electronic circuits, forged IC chips, etc. by the x-ray IICCCDC. The data depth of each pixel of

  11. Quantitative image quality evaluation of MR images using perceptual difference models.

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    Miao, Jun; Huo, Donglai; Wilson, David L

    2008-06-01

    The authors are using a perceptual difference model (Case-PDM) to quantitatively evaluate image quality of the thousands of test images which can be created when optimizing fast magnetic resonance (MR) imaging strategies and reconstruction techniques. In this validation study, they compared human evaluation of MR images from multiple organs and from multiple image reconstruction algorithms to Case-PDM and similar models. The authors found that Case-PDM compared very favorably to human observers in double-stimulus continuous-quality scale and functional measurement theory studies over a large range of image quality. The Case-PDM threshold for nonperceptible differences in a 2-alternative forced choice study varied with the type of image under study, but was approximately 1.1 for diffuse image effects, providing a rule of thumb. Ordering the image quality evaluation models, we found in overall Case-PDM approximately IDM (Sarnoff Corporation) approximately SSIM [Wang et al. IEEE Trans. Image Process. 13, 600-612 (2004)] > mean squared error NR [Wang et al. (2004) (unpublished)] > DCTune (NASA) > IQM (MITRE Corporation). The authors conclude that Case-PDM is very useful in MR image evaluation but that one should probably restrict studies to similar images and similar processing, normally not a limitation in image reconstruction studies. PMID:18649487

  12. Quantitative image quality evaluation of MR images using perceptual difference models

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    Miao, Jun; Huo, Donglai; Wilson, David L.

    2008-01-01

    The authors are using a perceptual difference model (Case-PDM) to quantitatively evaluate image quality of the thousands of test images which can be created when optimizing fast magnetic resonance (MR) imaging strategies and reconstruction techniques. In this validation study, they compared human evaluation of MR images from multiple organs and from multiple image reconstruction algorithms to Case-PDM and similar models. The authors found that Case-PDM compared very favorably to human observers in double-stimulus continuous-quality scale and functional measurement theory studies over a large range of image quality. The Case-PDM threshold for nonperceptible differences in a 2-alternative forced choice study varied with the type of image under study, but was ?1.1 for diffuse image effects, providing a rule of thumb. Ordering the image quality evaluation models, we found in overall Case-PDM ? IDM (Sarnoff Corporation) ? SSIM [Wang et al. IEEE Trans. Image Process. 13, 600–612 (2004)] > mean squared error ? NR [Wang et al. (2004) (unpublished)] > DCTune (NASA) > IQM (MITRE Corporation). The authors conclude that Case-PDM is very useful in MR image evaluation but that one should probably restrict studies to similar images and similar processing, normally not a limitation in image reconstruction studies. PMID:18649487

  13. Perceived quality of wood images influenced by the skewness of image histogram

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    Katsura, Shigehito; Mizokami, Yoko; Yaguchi, Hirohisa

    2015-06-01

    The shape of image luminance histograms is related to material perception. We investigated how the luminance histogram contributed to improvements in the perceived quality of wood images by examining various natural wood and adhesive vinyl sheets with printed wood grain. In the first experiment, we visually evaluated the perceived quality of wood samples. In addition, we measured the colorimetric parameters of the wood samples and calculated statistics of image luminance. The relationship between visual evaluation scores and image statistics suggested that skewness and kurtosis affected the perceived quality of wood. In the second experiment, we evaluated the perceived quality of wood images with altered luminance skewness and kurtosis using a paired comparison method. Our result suggests that wood images are more realistic if the skewness of the luminance histogram is slightly negative.

  14. The cost-effectiveness of diagnostic cardiac imaging for stable coronary artery disease.

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    Turchetti, Giuseppe; Kroes, M A; Lorenzoni, Valentina; Trieste, Leopoldo; Chapman, Ann-Marie; Sweet, Alison C; Wilson, Geoff I; Neglia, Danilo

    2015-08-01

    Early and accurate diagnosis of stable coronary artery disease (CAD) is crucial to reduce morbidity, mortality and healthcare costs. This critical appraisal of health-economic literature concerning non-invasive diagnostic cardiac imaging aims to summarize current approaches to economic evaluation of diagnostic cardiac imaging and associated procedural risks, inform cardiologists how to use economic analyses for decision-making, highlight areas where new information could strengthen the economic evaluation and shed light on cost-effective approaches to diagnose stable CAD. Economic analysis can support cardiologists' decision-making. Current economic evidence in the field does not provide sufficient information to guide the choice among different imaging modalities or strategies for each patient. Available economic analyses suggest that computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) is a cost-effective approach to rule out CAD prior to invasive coronary angiography in patients with low to intermediate pre-test probability of disease and that stress imaging modalities may be cost-effective at variable pre-test probabilities. PMID:26027879

  15. Measurements of lenticulostriate arteries using 7T MRI: new imaging markers for subcortical vascular dementia.

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    Seo, Sang Won; Kang, Chang-Ki; Kim, Sook Hui; Yoon, Doo Sang; Liao, Wei; Wörz, Stefan; Rohr, Karl; Kim, Young-Bo; Na, Duk L; Cho, Zang-Hee

    2012-11-15

    Recent studies have demonstrated that ultra-high resolution MRA imaging using 7 Tessla (T) MRI can be employed to noninvasively visualize the lenticulostriate arteries (LSA) that supply the basal ganglia and internal capsule. Subcortical vascular dementia (SVaD) is believed to involve these regions from an early stage. We investigated whether LSA abnormalities measured by 7T MRA correlate with MRI ischemia markers and neuropsychological/motor deficits. A total of 24 subjects (12 with SVaD, 12 normal controls (NC)) were imaged with 3T and 7T MRIs. We assessed the severity of white matter hyperintensities (WMH) and the number of lacunes and microbleeds (MB) by visually inspecting images obtained from conventional 3T MRI. We also analyzed three-dimensional models of the measured LSAs obtained from 7T MRI. Compared to the NC, the SVaD subjects had fewer branches of LSAs and greater radii of LSAs. The number of branches was correlated with the number of lacunes. The number of branches was correlated with the delayed recall scores on Rey's Complex Figure Test (RCFT). While not quite reaching statistical significance, the immediate recall, recognition scores on the RCFT, recognition scores on the Seoul Verbal Learning Test, and the word and color readings of Stroop trended in the direction of correlation with the number of branches, as well as with the extrapyramidal scores. Our findings suggest that LSA imaging using 7T MRI might be a potent candidate for the detection of SVaD. PMID:22664155

  16. Functional Real-Time Optoacoustic Imaging of Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion in Mice

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    Krieg, Sandro M.; Lehmberg, Jens; Lindauer, Ute; Razansky, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    Background and Purpose Longitudinal functional imaging studies of stroke are key in identifying the disease progression and possible therapeutic interventions. Here we investigate the applicability of real-time functional optoacoustic imaging for monitoring of stroke progression in the whole brain of living animals. Materials and Methods The middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) was used to model stroke in mice, which were imaged preoperatively and the occlusion was kept in place for 60 minutes, after which optoacoustic scans were taken at several time points. Results Post ischemia an asymmetry of deoxygenated hemoglobin in the brain was observed as a region of hypoxia in the hemisphere affected by the ischemic event. Furthermore, we were able to visualize the penumbra in-vivo as a localized hemodynamically-compromised area adjacent to the region of stroke-induced perfusion deficit. Conclusion The intrinsic sensitivity of the new imaging approach to functional blood parameters, in combination with real time operation and high spatial resolution in deep living tissues, may see it become a valuable and unique tool in the development and monitoring of treatments aimed at suspending the spread of an infarct area. PMID:24776997

  17. Optimization and image quality assessment of the alpha-image reconstruction algorithm: iterative reconstruction with well-defined image quality metrics

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    Lebedev, Sergej; Sawall, Stefan; Kuchenbecker, Stefan; Faby, Sebastian; Knaup, Michael; Kachelrieß, Marc

    2015-03-01

    The reconstruction of CT images with low noise and highest spatial resolution is a challenging task. Usually, a trade-off between at least these two demands has to be found or several reconstructions with mutually exclusive properties, i.e. either low noise or high spatial resolution, have to be performed. Iterative reconstruction methods might be suitable tools to overcome these limitations and provide images of highest diagnostic quality with formerly mutually exclusive image properties. While image quality metrics like the modulation transfer function (MTF) or the point spread function (PSF) are well-defined in case of standard reconstructions, e.g. filtered backprojection, the iterative algorithms lack these metrics. To overcome this issue alternate methodologies like the model observers have been proposed recently to allow a quantification of a usually task-dependent image quality metric.1 As an alternative we recently proposed an iterative reconstruction method, the alpha-image reconstruction (AIR), providing well-defined image quality metrics on a per-voxel basis.2 In particular, the AIR algorithm seeks to find weighting images, the alpha-images, that are used to blend between basis images with mutually exclusive image properties. The result is an image with highest diagnostic quality that provides a high spatial resolution and a low noise level. As the estimation of the alpha-images is computationally demanding we herein aim at optimizing this process and highlight the favorable properties of AIR using patient measurements.

  18. Advanced Imaging Tools Rather Than Hemodynamics Should Be the Primary Approach for Diagnosing, Following, and Managing Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

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    Gerges, Mario; Gerges, Christian; Lang, Irene M.

    2015-01-01

    Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is currently defined based on invasive measurements: a resting pulmonary artery pressure ? 25 mm Hg. For pulmonary arterial hypertension, a pulmonary arterial wedge pressure ? 15 mm Hg and pulmonary vascular resistance > 3 Wood units are also required. Thus, right heart catheterization is inevitable at present. However, the diagnosis, follow-up, and management of PH by noninvasive techniques is progressing. Significant advances have been achieved in the imaging of pulmonary vascular disease and the right ventricle. We review the current sensitivities and specificities of noninvasive imaging of PH and discuss its role and future potential to replace hemodynamics as the primary approach to screening, diagnosing, and following/managing PH. PMID:25840101

  19. EEG Quality:The Image Acquisition Artefact

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    Petra Ritter; Robert Becker; Frank Freyer; Arno Villringer

    \\u000a In this chapter, we focus on the artefacts that arise in the EEG during the fMRI acquisition process. Functional MRI using\\u000a echo planar imaging (EPI) sequences involves the application of rapidly varying magnetic field gradients for spatial encoding\\u000a of the MR signal and radiofrequency (RF) pulses for spin excitation (see the chapter “The Basics of Functional Magnetic Resonance\\u000a Imaging”). Early

  20. Lossless and nearly lossless compression for high-quality images

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    Gormish, Michael J.; Schwartz, Edward L.; Keith, Alexander F.; Boliek, Martin P.; Zandi, Ahmad

    1997-04-01

    While a losslessly compressed facsimile image might require 20,000 bytes of storage, a losslessly compressed color high resolution scan of the same sized document might require 200,000,000 bytes of storage. This factor of 10,000 in the image size necessitates more than just better compression, it requires a change in viewpoint about compression. A compression system for high quality images must provide a way to access only the required data rather than decompressing all the data and then selecting the desired portion. Furthermore, a high quality image compression system should be able to provide the best possible images for output devices which as of yet have not been manufactured. Finally, a high quality compression system should allow decompression and recompression without continual degradation of the image. This paper describes technologies including a reversible color transform, a reversible wavelet transform, a doubly embedded context mode, and a 'parseable' file format, which work together to provide solutions for high quality imaging needs.

  1. Image gathering and restoration - Information and visual quality

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    Mccormick, Judith A.; Alter-Gartenberg, Rachel; Huck, Friedrich O.

    1989-01-01

    A method is investigated for optimizing the end-to-end performance of image gathering and restoration for visual quality. To achieve this objective, one must inevitably confront the problems that the visual quality of restored images depends on perceptual rather than mathematical considerations and that these considerations vary with the target, the application, and the observer. The method adopted in this paper is to optimize image gathering informationally and to restore images interactively to obtain the visually preferred trade-off among fidelity resolution, sharpness, and clarity. The results demonstrate that this method leads to significant improvements in the visual quality obtained by the traditional digital processing methods. These traditional methods allow a significant loss of visual quality to occur because they treat the design of the image-gathering system and the formulation of the image-restoration algorithm as two separate tasks and fail to account for the transformations between the continuous and the discrete representations in image gathering and reconstruction.

  2. Improving high resolution retinal image quality using speckle illumination HiLo imaging

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    Zhou, Xiaolin; Bedggood, Phillip; Metha, Andrew

    2014-01-01

    Retinal image quality from flood illumination adaptive optics (AO) ophthalmoscopes is adversely affected by out-of-focus light scatter due to the lack of confocality. This effect is more pronounced in small eyes, such as that of rodents, because the requisite high optical power confers a large dioptric thickness to the retina. A recently-developed structured illumination microscopy (SIM) technique called HiLo imaging has been shown to reduce the effect of out-of-focus light scatter in flood illumination microscopes and produce pseudo-confocal images with significantly improved image quality. In this work, we adopted the HiLo technique to a flood AO ophthalmoscope and performed AO imaging in both (physical) model and live rat eyes. The improvement in image quality from HiLo imaging is shown both qualitatively and quantitatively by using spatial spectral analysis. PMID:25136486

  3. Improving high resolution retinal image quality using speckle illumination HiLo imaging.

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    Zhou, Xiaolin; Bedggood, Phillip; Metha, Andrew

    2014-08-01

    Retinal image quality from flood illumination adaptive optics (AO) ophthalmoscopes is adversely affected by out-of-focus light scatter due to the lack of confocality. This effect is more pronounced in small eyes, such as that of rodents, because the requisite high optical power confers a large dioptric thickness to the retina. A recently-developed structured illumination microscopy (SIM) technique called HiLo imaging has been shown to reduce the effect of out-of-focus light scatter in flood illumination microscopes and produce pseudo-confocal images with significantly improved image quality. In this work, we adopted the HiLo technique to a flood AO ophthalmoscope and performed AO imaging in both (physical) model and live rat eyes. The improvement in image quality from HiLo imaging is shown both qualitatively and quantitatively by using spatial spectral analysis. PMID:25136486

  4. The effect of image quality and forensic expertise in facial image comparisons.

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    Norell, Kristin; Läthén, Klas Brorsson; Bergström, Peter; Rice, Allyson; Natu, Vaidehi; O'Toole, Alice

    2015-03-01

    Images of perpetrators in surveillance video footage are often used as evidence in court. In this study, identification accuracy was compared for forensic experts and untrained persons in facial image comparisons as well as the impact of image quality. Participants viewed thirty image pairs and were asked to rate the level of support garnered from their observations for concluding whether or not the two images showed the same person. Forensic experts reached their conclusions with significantly fewer errors than did untrained participants. They were also better than novices at determining when two high-quality images depicted the same person. Notably, lower image quality led to more careful conclusions by experts, but not for untrained participants. In summary, the untrained participants had more false negatives and false positives than experts, which in the latter case could lead to a higher risk of an innocent person being convicted for an untrained witness. PMID:25537273

  5. A Dynamic Image Quality Evaluation of Videofluoroscopy Images: Considerations for Telepractice Applications.

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    Burns, Clare L; Keir, Benjamin; Ward, Elizabeth C; Hill, Anne J; Farrell, Anna; Phillips, Nick; Porter, Linda

    2015-08-01

    High-quality fluoroscopy images are required for accurate interpretation of videofluoroscopic swallow studies (VFSS) by speech pathologists and radiologists. Consequently, integral to developing any system to conduct VFSS remotely via telepractice is ensuring that the quality of the VFSS images transferred via the telepractice system is optimized. This study evaluates the extent of change observed in image quality when videofluoroscopic images are transmitted from a digital fluoroscopy system to (a) current clinical equipment (KayPentax Digital Swallowing Workstation, and b) four different telepractice system configurations. The telepractice system configurations consisted of either a local C20 or C60 Cisco TelePresence System (codec unit) connected to the digital fluoroscopy system and linked to a second remote C20 or C60 Cisco TelePresence System via a network running at speeds of either 2, 4 or 6 megabits per second (Mbit/s). Image quality was tested using the NEMA XR 21 Phantom, and results demonstrated some loss in spatial resolution, low contrast detectability and temporal resolution for all transferred images when compared to the fluoroscopy source. When using higher capacity codec units and/or the highest bandwidths to support data transmission, image quality transmitted through the telepractice system was found to be comparable if not better than the current clinical system. This study confirms that telepractice systems can be designed to support fluoroscopy image transfer and highlights important considerations when developing telepractice systems for VFSS analysis to ensure high-quality radiological image reproduction. PMID:26014137

  6. Digital image correlation for full-field time-resolved assessment of arterial stiffness

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    Campo, Adriaan; Soons, Joris; Heuten, Hilde; Ennekens, Guy; Goovaerts, Inge; Vrints, Christiaan; Lava, Pascal; Dirckx, Joris

    2014-01-01

    Pulse wave velocity (PWV) of the arterial system is a very important parameter to evaluate cardiovascular health. Currently, however, there is no golden standard for PWV measurement. Digital image correlation (DIC) was used for full-field time-resolved assessment of displacement, velocity, acceleration, and strains of the skin in the neck directly above the common carotid artery. By assessing these parameters, propagation of the pulse wave could be tracked, leading to a new method for PWV detection based on DIC. The method was tested on five healthy subjects. As a means of validation, PWV was measured with ultrasound (US) as well. Measured PWV values were between 3.68 and 5.19 m/s as measured with DIC and between 5.14 and 6.58 m/s as measured with US, with a maximum absolute difference of 2.78 m/s between the two methods. DIC measurements of the neck region can serve as a test base for determining a robust strategy for PWV detection, they can serve as reference for three-dimensional fluid-structure interaction models, or they may even evolve into a screening method of their own. Moreover, full-field, time-resolved DIC can be adapted for other applications in biomechanics.

  7. Digital image correlation for full-field time-resolved assessment of arterial stiffness.

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    Campo, Adriaan; Soons, Joris; Heuten, Hilde; Ennekens, Guy; Goovaerts, Inge; Vrints, Christiaan; Lava, Pascal; Dirckx, Joris

    2014-01-01

    Pulse wave velocity (PWV) of the arterial system is a very important parameter to evaluate cardiovascular health. Currently, however, there is no golden standard for PWV measurement. Digital image correlation (DIC) was used for full-field time-resolved assessment of displacement, velocity, acceleration, and strains of the skin in the neck directly above the common carotid artery. By assessing these parameters, propagation of the pulse wave could be tracked, leading to a new method for PWV detection based on DIC. The method was tested on five healthy subjects. As a means of validation, PWV was measured with ultrasound (US) as well. Measured PWV values were between 3.68 and 5.19??m/s as measured with DIC and between 5.14 and 6.58??m/s as measured with US, with a maximum absolute difference of 2.78??m/s between the two methods. DIC measurements of the neck region can serve as a test base for determining a robust strategy for PWV detection, they can serve as reference for three-dimensional fluid-structure interaction models, or they may even evolve into a screening method of their own. Moreover, full-field, time-resolved DIC can be adapted for other applications in biomechanics. PMID:24407501

  8. An efficient two-stage approach for image-based FSI analysis of atherosclerotic arteries

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    Rayz, Vitaliy L.; Mofrad, Mohammad R. K.; Saloner, David

    2010-01-01

    Patient-specific biomechanical modeling of atherosclerotic arteries has the potential to aid clinicians in characterizing lesions and determining optimal treatment plans. To attain high levels of accuracy, recent models use medical imaging data to determine plaque component boundaries in three dimensions, and fluid–structure interaction is used to capture mechanical loading of the diseased vessel. As the plaque components and vessel wall are often highly complex in shape, constructing a suitable structured computational mesh is very challenging and can require a great deal of time. Models based on unstructured computational meshes require relatively less time to construct and are capable of accurately representing plaque components in three dimensions. These models unfortunately require additional computational resources and computing time for accurate and meaningful results. A two-stage modeling strategy based on unstructured computational meshes is proposed to achieve a reasonable balance between meshing difficulty and computational resource and time demand. In this method, a coarsegrained simulation of the full arterial domain is used to guide and constrain a fine-scale simulation of a smaller region of interest within the full domain. Results for a patient-specific carotid bifurcation model demonstrate that the two-stage approach can afford a large savings in both time for mesh generation and time and resources needed for computation. The effects of solid and fluid domain truncation were explored, and were shown to minimally affect accuracy of the stress fields predicted with the two-stage approach. PMID:19756798

  9. Tracking Navigation Imaging of Transcatheter Arterial Chemoembolization for Hepatocellular Carcinoma Using Three-Dimensional Cone-Beam CT Angiography

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    Minami, Yasunori; Yagyu, Yukinobu; Murakami, Takamichi; Kudo, Masatoshi

    2014-01-01

    Purpose New tracking navigation imaging software was used to evaluate the usefulness of three dimensional (3D) CT angiography for transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Materials and Methods Fifty-two patients with 73 HCCs were enrolled in this study retrospectively. Rotational angiography was performed from the hepatic artery for evaluation of the tumor feeding vessels. Arteries feeding the tumor were traced automatically by adjusting the region of interest around the targeted tumor on axial and coronal images using tracking navigation imaging with 3D cone-beam CT angiography. Results Using final selective angiographic findings as the gold standard, the detection of feeding vessels was 90.4% (66/73) for tracking navigation imaging and 50.7% (37/73) for celiac trunk angiography. This difference was statistically significant (Wilcoxon rank sum test, p < 0.001). The sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, and negative predictive value for the detection of feeding arteries were 97.1% (66/68), 80.0% (4/5), 98.5% (66/67), and 66.7% (4/6), respectively. The kappa coefficient had a value of 0.638 (95% CI: 0.471-0.805), which is considered to indicate a good degree of agreement. With the assistance of tracking navigation imaging, the disease control rate of TACE for HCC was 67.3% (35/52) according to the modified Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors. During follow-up periods of 1-11 months, 10 patients (19.2%) remained cancer-free after TACE. Conclusion: Tracking navigation imaging with 3D cone-beam CT angiography should be useful for TACE in HCC patients with complicated feeding arteries. PMID:24804177

  10. Functional magnetic resonance imaging of awake monkeys: some approaches for improving imaging quality

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    Roe, Anna Wang

    of distortion at high fields arises from susceptibility variations. To reduce such artifacts, we used segmented magnetic field strength can suffer from serious degradation of image quality because of motion decreased susceptibility artifacts and image distortion. Comparisons of images from functional runs using

  11. Multiple-image encryption based on triple interferences for flexibly decrypting high-quality images.

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    Li, Wei-Na; Phan, Anh-Hoang; Piao, Mei-Lan; Kim, Nam

    2015-04-10

    We propose a multiple-image encryption (MIE) scheme based on triple interferences for flexibly decrypting high-quality images. Each image is discretionarily deciphered without decrypting a series of other images earlier. Since it does not involve any cascaded encryption orders, the image can be decrypted flexibly by using the novel method. Computer simulation demonstrated that the proposed method's running time is less than approximately 1/4 that of the previous similar MIE method. Moreover, the decrypted image is perfectly correlated with the original image, and due to many phase functions serving as decryption keys, this method is more secure and robust. PMID:25967313

  12. Three factors that influence the overall quality of the stereoscopic 3D content: image quality, comfort and realism

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    quality. Keywords: 3D quality, stereoscopic quality, subjective evaluation, 3D database classification 1Three factors that influence the overall quality of the stereoscopic 3D content: image quality, there are many discussions on controlling and improving the 3D quality. But what does this notion represent

  13. Imaging of vascular dynamics within the foot using dynamic diffuse optical tomography to diagnose peripheral arterial disease

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    Hielscher, Andreas

    this can lead to ulceration, gangrene and ultimately amputation. The current diagnostic method for PAD is ineffective in patients with calcified arteries (diabetic and end-stage renal failure patients), which falsely PAD patients and 10 PAD patients with diabetes and they were imaged while applying a pressure cuff

  14. Improved Detection of Coronary Artery Disease by Stress Perfusion Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance With the Use of Delayed Enhancement Infarction Imaging

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    Igor Klem; John F. Heitner; Dipan J. Shah; Michael H. Sketch Jr; Victor Behar; Jonathan Weinsaft; Peter Cawley; Michele Parker; Michael Elliott; Robert M. Judd; Raymond J. Kim

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVES We tested a pre-defined visual interpretation algorithm that combines cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) data from perfusion and infarction imaging for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD). BACKGROUND Cardiovascular magnetic resonance can assess both myocardial perfusion and infarction with independent techniques in a single session. METHODS We prospectively enrolled 100 consecutive patients with suspected CAD scheduled for X-ray coronary

  15. Average glandular dose and phantom image quality in mammography

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    Oliveira, M.; Nogueira, M. S.; Guedes, E.; Andrade, M. C.; Peixoto, J. E.; Joana, G. S.; Castro, J. G.

    2007-09-01

    Doses in mammography should be maintained as low as possible without reducing the high image quality needed for early detection of the breast cancer. The breast is composed of tissues with very close composition and densities. It increases the difficulty to detect small changes in the normal anatomical structures which may be associated with breast cancer. To achieve the standards of definition and contrast for mammography, the quality and intensity of the X-ray beam, the breast positioning and compression, the film-screen system, and the film processing have to be in optimal operational conditions. This study sought to evaluate average glandular dose (AGD) and image quality on a standard phantom in 134 mammography units in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, between December 2004 and May 2006. AGDs were obtained by means of entrance kerma measured with TL LiF100 dosimeters on phantom surface. Phantom images were obtained with automatic exposure technique, fixed 28 kV and molybdenum anode-filter combination. The phantom used contained structures simulating tumoral masses, microcalcifications, fibers and low contrast areas. High-resolution metallic meshes to assess image definition and a stepwedge to measure image contrast index were also inserted in the phantom. The visualization of simulated structures, the mean optical density and the contrast index allowed to classify the phantom image quality in a seven-point scale. The results showed that 54.5% of the facilities did not achieve the minimum performance level for image quality. It is mainly due to insufficient film processing observed in 61.2% of the units. AGD varied from 0.41 to 2.73 mGy with a mean value of 1.32±0.44 mGy. In all optimal quality phantom images, AGDs were in this range. Additionally, in 7.3% of the mammography units, the AGD constraint of 2 mGy was exceeded. One may conclude that dose level to patient and image quality are not in conformity to regulations in most of the facilities. This indicates that ongoing actions are needed to optimize image quality and radiation dose for early detection of the breast cancer.

  16. Image Quality Improvement after Implementation of a CT Accreditation Program

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    Kim, You Sung; Choi, Byung Gil; Shin, Yu Ri; Hwang, Seong Su; Ku, Young Mi; Lim, Yeon Soo; Lee, Jae Mun

    2010-01-01

    Objective The purpose of this study was to evaluate any improvement in the quality of abdominal CTs after the utilization of the nationally based accreditation program. Materials and Methods Approval was obtained from the Institutional Review Board, and informed consent was waived. We retrospectively analyzed 1,011 outside abdominal CTs, from 2003 to 2007. We evaluated images using a fill-up sheet form of the national accreditation program, and subjectively by grading for the overall CT image quality. CT scans were divided into two categories according to time periods; before and after the implementation of the accreditation program. We compared CT scans between two periods according to parameters pertaining to the evaluation of images. We determined whether there was a correlation between the results of a subjective assessment of the image quality and the evaluation scores of the clinical image. Results The following parameters were significantly different after the implementation of the accreditation program: identifying data, display parameters, scan length, spatial and contrast resolution, window width and level, optimal contrast enhancement, slice thickness, and total score. The remaining parameters were not significantly different between scans obtained from the two different periods: scan parameters, film quality, and artifacts. Conclusion After performing the CT accreditation program, the quality of the outside abdominal CTs show marked improvement, especially for the parameters related to the scanning protocol. PMID:20808700

  17. Objective image quality measurement by local spatial?frequency wavelet analysis

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    G. Y. Luo

    2006-01-01

    An essential determinant of the value of surrogate digital images is their quality. Image quality measurement has become crucial for most image processing applications. Over the past years, there have been many attempts to develop models or metrics for image quality that incorporate elements of human visual sensitivity. However, there is no current standard and objective definition of spectral image

  18. Coronary artery atherectomy reduces plaque shear strains: an endovascular elastography imaging study.

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    Keshavarz-Motamed, Zahra; Saijo, Yoshifumi; Majdouline, Younes; Riou, Laurent; Ohayon, Jacques; Cloutier, Guy

    2014-07-01

    Mechanical response and properties of the arterial wall can be used to identify the biomechanical instability of plaques and predict their vulnerability to rupture. Shear strain elastography (SSE) is proposed to identify vulnerable plaque features attributed to mechanical structural heterogeneities. The aims of this study were: 1) to report on the potential of SSE to identify atherosclerotic plaques; and 2) to use SSE maps to highlight biomechanical changes in lesion characteristics after directional coronary atherectomy (DCA) interventions. For this purpose, SSE was imaged using in vivo intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) radio-frequency data collected from 12 atherosclerotic patients before and after DCA intervention. Coronary atherosclerotic plaques (pre-DCA) showed high SSE magnitudes with large affected areas. There were good correlations between SSE levels and soft plaque content (i.e., cellular fibrosis, thrombosis and fibrin) (mean |SSE| vs. soft plaque content: r = 0.82, p < 0.01). Significant differences were noticed between SSE images before and after DCA. Stable arteries (post-DCA) exhibited lower values than pre-DCA vessels (e.g., pre-DCA: mean |SSE| = 3.9 ± 0.2% vs. 1.1 ± 0.2% post-DCA, p < 0.001). Furthermore, SSE magnitude was statistically higher in plaques with a high level of inflammation (e.g., mean |SSE| had values of 4.8 ± 0.4% in plaques with high inflammation, whereas it was reduced to 1.8 ± 0.2% with no inflammation, p < 0.01). This study demonstrates the potential of the IVUS-based SSE technique to detect vulnerable plaques in vivo. PMID:24835433

  19. Segmentation of the common carotid artery with active shape models from 3D ultrasound images

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    Yang, Xin; Jin, Jiaoying; He, Wanji; Yuchi, Ming; Ding, Mingyue

    2012-03-01

    Carotid atherosclerosis is a major cause of stroke, a leading cause of death and disability. In this paper, we develop and evaluate a new segmentation method for outlining both lumen and adventitia (inner and outer walls) of common carotid artery (CCA) from three-dimensional ultrasound (3D US) images for carotid atherosclerosis diagnosis and evaluation. The data set consists of sixty-eight, 17× 2× 2, 3D US volume data acquired from the left and right carotid arteries of seventeen patients (eight treated with 80mg atorvastain and nine with placebo), who had carotid stenosis of 60% or more, at baseline and after three months of treatment. We investigate the use of Active Shape Models (ASMs) to segment CCA inner and outer walls after statin therapy. The proposed method was evaluated with respect to expert manually outlined boundaries as a surrogate for ground truth. For the lumen and adventitia segmentations, respectively, the algorithm yielded Dice Similarity Coefficient (DSC) of 93.6%+/- 2.6%, 91.8%+/- 3.5%, mean absolute distances (MAD) of 0.28+/- 0.17mm and 0.34 +/- 0.19mm, maximum absolute distances (MAXD) of 0.87 +/- 0.37mm and 0.74 +/- 0.49mm. The proposed algorithm took 4.4 +/- 0.6min to segment a single 3D US images, compared to 11.7+/-1.2min for manual segmentation. Therefore, the method would promote the translation of carotid 3D US to clinical care for the fast, safety and economical monitoring of the atherosclerotic disease progression and regression during therapy.

  20. Segmentation of common carotid artery with active appearance models from ultrasound images

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    Yang, Xin; He, Wanji; Fenster, Aaron; Yuchi, Ming; Ding, Mingyue

    2013-02-01

    Carotid atherosclerosis is a major cause of stroke, a leading cause of death and disability. In this paper, a new segmentation method is proposed and evaluated for outlining the common carotid artery (CCA) from transverse view images, which were sliced from three-dimensional ultrasound (3D US) of 1mm inter-slice distance (ISD), to support the monitoring and assessment of carotid atherosclerosis. The data set consists of forty-eight 3D US images acquired from both left and right carotid arteries of twelve patients in two time points who had carotid stenosis of 60% or more at the baseline. The 3D US data were collected at baseline and three-month follow-up, where seven treated with 80mg atorvastatin and five with placebo. The baseline manual boundaries were used for Active Appearance Models (AAM) training; while the treatment data for segmentation testing and evaluation. The segmentation results were compared with experts manually outlined boundaries, as a surrogate for ground truth, for further evaluation. For the adventitia and lumen segmentations, the algorithm yielded Dice Coefficients (DC) of 92.06%+/-2.73% and 89.67%+/-3.66%, mean absolute distances (MAD) of 0.28+/-0.18 mm and 0.22+/-0.16 mm, maximum absolute distances (MAXD) of 0.71+/-0.28 mm and 0.59+/-0.21 mm, respectively. The segmentation results were also evaluated via Pratt's figure of merit (FOM) with the value of 0.61+/-0.06 and 0.66+/-0.05, which provides a quantitative measure for judging the similarity. Experimental results indicate that the proposed method can promote the carotid 3D US usage for a fast, safe and economical monitoring of the atherosclerotic disease progression and regression during therapy.

  1. Usefulness of Pulsed Arterial Spin Labeling MR Imaging in Mesial Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

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    Lim, Young-Min; Cho, Yong-Won; Shamim, Sadat; Solomon, Jeffrey; Birn, Rasmus; Luh, Wen Ming; Gaillard, William D.; Ritzl, Eva K.; Theodore, William H.

    2008-01-01

    Summary Purpose Arterial spin labeling (ASL) is a developing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method for noninvasive measurement of cerebral blood flow (CBF). The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of ASL for detecting interictal temporal hypoperfusion in temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE). ASL-derived CBF measurements were compared with those derived from H215O positron emission tomography (PET). Methods 11 normal controls and 10 patients with medically intractable TLE were studied. Pulsed ASL (PASL) with quantitative imaging of perfusion using a single subtraction, second version (QUIPSS II) was performed in all subjects and H215O PET was performed in patients. Regional CBF values in the mesial and lateral temporal lobes were measured utilizing quantitative analysis of perfusion images. A perfusion asymmetry index (AI) was calculated for each region. Results In patients, mean CBF in the mesial temporal lobe was not significantly different between PASL and H215O PET, and ipsilateral mesial temporal CBF was lower than contralateral CBF with both techniques. PASL detected significant mesial temporal perfusion asymmetry agreeing with EEG laterality in four patients. H215O PET found ipsilateral interictal hypoperfusion in three. Both scans found unilateral hypoperfusion in one patient with bilateral EEG discharges. Conclusions Pulsed ASL may be a promising approach to detecting interictal hypoperfusion in TLE. This method has potential as a clinical alternative to H215O PET due to noninvasiveness and easy accessibility. PMID:19041041

  2. Deriving the Intrahepatic Arteriovenous Shunt Rate from CT Images and Biochemical Data Instead of from Arterial Perfusion Scintigraphy in Hepatic Arterial Infusion Chemotherapy

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    Ozaki, Toshiro, E-mail: ganronbun@amail.plala.or.jp; Seki, Hiroshi; Shiina, Makoto [Niigata Cancer Center Hospital, Department of Radiology (Japan)

    2009-09-15

    The purpose of the present study was to elucidate a method for predicting the intrahepatic arteriovenous shunt rate from computed tomography (CT) images and biochemical data, instead of from arterial perfusion scintigraphy, because adverse exacerbated systemic effects may be induced in cases where a high shunt rate exists. CT and arterial perfusion scintigraphy were performed in patients with liver metastases from gastric or colorectal cancer. Biochemical data and tumor marker levels of 33 enrolled patients were measured. The results were statistically verified by multiple regression analysis. The total metastatic hepatic tumor volume (V{sub metastasized}), residual hepatic parenchyma volume (V{sub residual}; calculated from CT images), and biochemical data were treated as independent variables; the intrahepatic arteriovenous (IHAV) shunt rate (calculated from scintigraphy) was treated as a dependent variable. The IHAV shunt rate was 15.1 {+-} 11.9%. Based on the correlation matrixes, the best correlation coefficient of 0.84 was established between the IHAV shunt rate and V{sub metastasized} (p < 0.01). In the multiple regression analysis with the IHAV shunt rate as the dependent variable, the coefficient of determination (R{sup 2}) was 0.75, which was significant at the 0.1% level with two significant independent variables (V{sub metastasized} and V{sub residual}). The standardized regression coefficients ({beta}) of V{sub metastasized} and V{sub residual} were significant at the 0.1 and 5% levels, respectively. Based on this result, we can obtain a predicted value of IHAV shunt rate (p < 0.001) using CT images. When a high shunt rate was predicted, beneficial and consistent clinical monitoring can be initiated in, for example, hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy.

  3. Arterial embolism

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    Lyaker, Michael R.; Tulman, David B.; Dimitrova, Galina T.; Pin, Richard H.; Papadimos, Thomas J.

    2013-01-01

    Surgical and intensive care patients are at a heightened risk for arterial embolization due to pre-existing conditions such as age, hypercoagulability, cardiac abnormalities and atherosclerotic disease. Most arterial emboli are clots that originate in the heart and travel to distant vascular beds where they cause arterial occlusion, ischemia, and potentially infarction. Other emboli form on the surface of eroded arterial plaque or within its lipid core. Thromboemboli are large clots that dislodge from the surface of athesclerotic lesions and occlude distal arteries causing immediate ischemia. Atheroemboli, which originate from fracturing the lipid core tend to cause a process of organ dysfunction and systemic inflammation, termed cholesterol embolization syndrome. The presentation of arterial emboli depends on the arterial bed that is affected. The most common manifestations are strokes and acute lower limb ischemia. Less frequently, emboli target the upper extremities, mesenteric or renal arteries. Treatment involves rapid diagnosis, which may be aided by precise imaging studies and restoration of blood flow. The type of emboli, duration of presentation, and organ system affected determines the treatment course. Long-term therapy includes supportive medical care, identification of the source of embolism and prevention of additional emboli. Patients who experienced arterial embolism as a result of clots formed in the heart should be anticoagulated. Arterial emboli from atherosclerotic disease of the aorta or other large arteries should prompt treatment to reduce the risk for atherosclerotic progression, such as anti-platelet therapy and the use of statin drugs. The use of anticoagulation and surgical intervention to reduce the risk of arterial embolization from atherosclerotic lesions is still being studied. PMID:23724391

  4. Construction of realistic liver phantoms from patient images using 3D printer and its application in CT image quality assessment

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    Leng, Shuai; Yu, Lifeng; Vrieze, Thomas; Kuhlmann, Joel; Chen, Baiyu; McCollough, Cynthia H.

    2015-03-01

    The purpose of this study is to use 3D printing techniques to construct a realistic liver phantom with heterogeneous background and anatomic structures from patient CT images, and to use the phantom to assess image quality with filtered back-projection and iterative reconstruction algorithms. Patient CT images were segmented into liver tissues, contrast-enhanced vessels, and liver lesions using commercial software, based on which stereolithography (STL) files were created and sent to a commercial 3D printer. A 3D liver phantom was printed after assigning different printing materials to each object to simulate appropriate attenuation of each segmented object. As high opacity materials are not available for the printer, we printed hollow vessels and filled them with iodine solutions of adjusted concentration to represent enhance levels in contrast-enhanced liver scans. The printed phantom was then placed in a 35×26 cm oblong-shaped water phantom and scanned repeatedly at 4 dose levels. Images were reconstructed using standard filtered back-projection and an iterative reconstruction algorithm with 3 different strength settings. Heterogeneous liver background were observed from the CT images and the difference in CT numbers between lesions and background were representative for low contrast lesions in liver CT studies. CT numbers in vessels filled with iodine solutions represented the enhancement of liver arteries and veins. Images were run through a Channelized Hotelling model observer with Garbor channels and ROC analysis was performed. The AUC values showed performance improvement using the iterative reconstruction algorithm and the amount of improvement increased with strength setting.

  5. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MEDICAL IMAGING ---FINAL MANUSCRIPT 20040117 1 Interactive Virtual Endoscopy in Coronary Arteries

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    Wahle, Andreas

    in Coronary Arteries based on Multi­Modality Fusion Andreas Wahle, # Senior Member, IEEE, Mark E. Olszewski­independent virtual endoscopy in human coronary arteries is presented in this pa­ per. It incorporates previously results in a three­ or four­dimensional (3­D/4­D) model of a coronary artery, specifically of its lumen

  6. Micro-CT image-derived metrics quantify arterial wall distensibility reduction in a rat model of pulmonary hypertension

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    Johnson, Roger H.; Karau, Kelly L.; Molthen, Robert C.; Haworth, Steven T.; Dawson, Christopher A.

    2000-04-01

    We developed methods to quantify arterial structural and mechanical properties in excised rat lungs and applied them to investigate the distensibility decrease accompanying chronic hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension. Lungs of control and hypertensive (three weeks 11% O2) animals were excised and a contrast agent introduced before micro-CT imaging with a special purpose scanner. For each lung, four 3D image data sets were obtained, each at a different intra-arterial contrast agent pressure. Vessel segment diameters and lengths were measured at all levels in the arterial tree hierarchy, and these data used to generate features sensitive to distensibility changes. Results indicate that measurements obtained from 3D micro-CT images can be used to quantify vessel biomechanical properties in this rat model of pulmonary hypertension and that distensibility is reduced by exposure to chronic hypoxia. Mechanical properties can be assessed in a localized fashion and quantified in a spatially-resolved way or as a single parameter describing the tree as a whole. Micro-CT is a nondestructive way to rapidly assess structural and mechanical properties of arteries in small animal organs maintained in a physiological state. Quantitative features measured by this method may provide valuable insights into the mechanisms causing the elevated pressures in pulmonary hypertension of differing etiologies and should become increasingly valuable tools in the study of complex phenotypes in small-animal models of important diseases such as hypertension.

  7. Use of color Doppler imaging in assessment of preoperative and postoperative flow characteristics of internal thoracic artery in myocardial revascularization.

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    Bilgen, F; Alhan, C; Alhan, S; Idiz, M; Demiray, E; Ozler, A

    1996-06-01

    Between January 1993 and February 1993, the left internal thoracic arteries of 40 consecutive patients scheduled for aortocoronary bypass operation were examined by transthoracic B-mode imaging. Perioperative measurements correlated well with preoperative noninvasive measurements (r = 0.914). In the postoperative period, B-mode images could not be obtained in 17 (44.7%) of 38 patients. Adequate Doppler spectra of the internal thoracic artery were obtained in all patients preoperatively and in 36 (94.7%) of 38 patients postoperatively. Preoperatively a triphasic wave form was obtained with a large systolic peak followed by small reversed and diastolic components in all patients. Postoperatively this triphasic wave form had been converted into a combined systolic-diastolic wave form. In all patients peak systolic velocity of the internal thoracic artery decreased (96.4 +/- 15.3 vs 64.2 +/- 18.9 cm/sec., P < 0.05), and peak diastolic velocity increased (21.7 +/- 8.8 vs 28.3 +/- 11.2 cm/sec., P < 0.05) significantly in the postoperative period as compared with the preoperative values. A slight decrease in peak systolic and diastolic velocities was detected at twelve months postoperatively. This study indicates that transthoracic B-mode imaging and Doppler spectrum analysis are reliable techniques in the preoperative and postoperative assessment of the internal thoracic artery in myocardial revascularization. PMID:8678333

  8. Exploratory survey of image quality on CR digital mammography imaging systems in Mexico.

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    Gaona, E; Rivera, T; Arreola, M; Franco, J; Molina, N; Alvarez, B; Azorín, C G; Casian, G

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to assess the current status of image quality and dose in computed radiographic digital mammography (CRDM) systems. Studies included CRDM systems of various models and manufacturers which dose and image quality comparisons were performed. Due to the recent rise in the use of digital radiographic systems in Mexico, CRDM systems are rapidly replacing conventional film-screen systems without any regard to quality control or image quality standards. Study was conducted in 65 mammography facilities which use CRDM systems in the Mexico City and surrounding States. The systems were tested as used clinically. This means that the dose and beam qualities were selected using the automatic beam selection and photo-timed features. All systems surveyed generate laser film hardcopies for the radiologist to read on a scope or mammographic high luminance light box. It was found that 51 of CRDM systems presented a variety of image artefacts and non-uniformities arising from inadequate acquisition and processing, as well as from the laser printer itself. Undisciplined alteration of image processing settings by the technologist was found to be a serious prevalent problem in 42 facilities. Only four of them showed an image QC program which is periodically monitored by a medical physicist. The Average Glandular Dose (AGD) in the surveyed systems was estimated to have a mean value of 2.4 mGy. To improve image quality in mammography and make more efficient screening mammographic in early detection of breast cancer is required new legislation. PMID:23938078

  9. Objective quality measurement of integral 3D images

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    Forman, Matthew C.; Davies, Neil A.; McCormick, Malcolm

    2002-05-01

    At De Montfort University the imaging technologies group have developed an integral imaging system capable of real time capture and replay. The system has many advantages compared with other 3D capture and display techniques, however one issue that has not been adequately addressed is the measurement of the fidelity of replayed 3D images where some distortion has occurred. This paper presents a method for producing a viewing angle-dependent PSNR metric based on extraction of optical model data as conventional images. The technique produces image quality measurements which are more relevant to the volume spatial content of an integral image than a conventional fidelity metric applied to the raw, optically encoded spatial distribution. Comparisons of the previous, single metric with the new angle-dependent metric are made when used in assessing the performance of a 3D-DCT based compression scheme, and the utility of the extra information provided by the angle dependent PSNR is considered.

  10. APQ-102 imaging radar digital image quality study

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    Griffin, C. R.; Estes, J. M.

    1982-01-01

    A modified APQ-102 sidelooking radar collected synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data which was digitized and recorded on wideband magnetic tape. These tapes were then ground processed into computer compatible tapes (CCT's). The CCT's may then be processed into high resolution radar images by software on the CYBER computer.

  11. High-quality image interpolation via nonlinear image decomposition

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    Saito, Takahiro; Ishii, Yuki; Aizawa, Haruya; Komatsu, Takashi

    2008-02-01

    This paper presents a new image-interpolation approach where one can adjust edge sharpness and texture intensity according to one's taste. This approach is composed of the three stages. At the first stage, with the BV-G imagede-composition variational model, an image is represented as a product of its two components so that its separated structural component may correspond to a cartoon image-approximation and its separated texture components may collect almost all oscillatory variations representing textures, and the texture component can be amplified or attenuated according to user's taste. At the second stage, each separated component is interpolated with an interpolation method suitable to it. Since the structural component keeps sharp edges, its proper interpolation method is a TV-regularization super-resolution interpolation method that can restore frequency components higher than the Nyquist frequency and remove sample-hold blurs without producing ringing artifacts near edges. The texture component is an oscillatory function, and its proper interpolation method is a smoothness-regularization super-resolution interpolation method that can restore continuous variations and remove the blurs. At the final stage, the two interpolated components are combined. The approach enlarges images without not only blurring edges but also destroying textures, and removes blurs caused by the sample-hold and/or the optical low-pass filter without producing ringing artifacts.

  12. Real-time computer treatment of THz passive device images with the high image quality

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    Trofimov, Vyacheslav A.; Trofimov, Vladislav V.

    2012-06-01

    We demonstrate real-time computer code improving significantly the quality of images captured by the passive THz imaging system. The code is not only designed for a THz passive device: it can be applied to any kind of such devices and active THz imaging systems as well. We applied our code for computer processing of images captured by four passive THz imaging devices manufactured by different companies. It should be stressed that computer processing of images produced by different companies requires using the different spatial filters usually. The performance of current version of the computer code is greater than one image per second for a THz image having more than 5000 pixels and 24 bit number representation. Processing of THz single image produces about 20 images simultaneously corresponding to various spatial filters. The computer code allows increasing the number of pixels for processed images without noticeable reduction of image quality. The performance of the computer code can be increased many times using parallel algorithms for processing the image. We develop original spatial filters which allow one to see objects with sizes less than 2 cm. The imagery is produced by passive THz imaging devices which captured the images of objects hidden under opaque clothes. For images with high noise we develop an approach which results in suppression of the noise after using the computer processing and we obtain the good quality image. With the aim of illustrating the efficiency of the developed approach we demonstrate the detection of the liquid explosive, ordinary explosive, knife, pistol, metal plate, CD, ceramics, chocolate and other objects hidden under opaque clothes. The results demonstrate the high efficiency of our approach for the detection of hidden objects and they are a very promising solution for the security problem.

  13. Integrated cardiac magnetic resonance imaging with coronary magnetic resonance angiography, stress-perfusion, and delayed-enhancement imaging for the detection of occult coronary artery disease in asymptomatic individuals.

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    Song, Kyoung Doo; Kim, Sung Mok; Choe, Yeon Hyeon; Jung, Wooin; Lee, Sang-Chol; Chang, Sung-A; Choi, Yoon Ho; Sung, Jidong

    2015-06-01

    To evaluate the feasibility of using coronary magnetic resonance angiography (CMRA) with stress-perfusion and delayed-enhancement MRI as a screening tool for the detection of coronary artery disease (CAD) in asymptomatic subjects. Three hundred and forty-one self-referred asymptomatic subjects were enrolled in this study. Cardiac MR imaging was performed using a 1.5-T scanner with a 32-channel cardiac coil. Coronary artery stenosis, regional wall motion abnormalities, myocardial perfusion abnormalities, and delayed myocardial enhancement were analyzed. The occurrence of new chest pain and cardiac events was assessed in 332 subjects (97.3 %) over an average 29 ± 6 months (range, 18-39 months) follow-up period. A total of 3296 (82.4 %) of 4000 coronary artery segments examined exhibited diagnostic image quality on combined whole-heart and volume-targeted CMRA. Combined MRI detected significant CADs in 13 (3.8 %) of 341 subjects. Among these, 11 subjects (84.6 %) had both coronary artery stenosis (?50 % by diameter) on CMRA and stress-perfusion defects in corresponding areas. Five of the 13 subjects showed evidence of old myocardial infarctions on delayed-enhancement MRI. Three subjects (0.9 %) underwent percutaneous coronary intervention after CAD was detected on cardiac MRI. There were no cardiac events during the follow-up period in subjects who complied with follow-up. Normal stress-perfusion and delayed-enhancement MRI lead to excellent outcomes when used to predict future cardiac events in asymptomatic subjects. Coronary MRA correlates well with stress-perfusion MRI for detecting significant CAD and helps exclude CAD in asymptomatic individuals. PMID:25916321

  14. A review of ultrasound common carotid artery image and video segmentation techniques.

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    Loizou, Christos P

    2014-12-01

    The determination of the wall thickness [intima-media thickness (IMT)], the delineation of the atherosclerotic carotid plaque, the measurement of the diameter in the common carotid artery (CCA), as well as the grading of its stenosis are important for the evaluation of the atherosclerosis disease. All these measurements are also considered to be significant markers for the clinical evaluation of the risk of stroke. A number of CCA segmentation techniques have been proposed in the last few years either for the segmentation of the intima-media complex (IMC), the lumen of the CCA, or for the atherosclerotic carotid plaque from ultrasound images or videos of the CCA. The present review study proposes and discusses the methods and systems introduced so far in the literature for performing automated or semi-automated segmentation in ultrasound images or videos of the CCA. These are based on edge detection, active contours, level sets, dynamic programming, local statistics, Hough transform, statistical modeling, neural networks, and an integration of the above methods. Furthermore, the performance of these systems is evaluated and discussed based on various evaluation metrics. We finally propose the best performing method that can be used for the segmentation of the IMC and the atherosclerotic carotid plaque in ultrasound images and videos. We end the present review study with a discussion of the different image and video CCA segmentation techniques, future perspectives, and further extension of these techniques to ultrasound video segmentation and wall tracking of the CCA. Future work on the segmentation of the CCA will be focused on the development of integrated segmentation systems for the complete segmentation of the CCA as well as the segmentation and motion analysis of the plaque and or the IMC from ultrasound video sequences of the CCA. These systems will improve the evaluation, follow up, and treatment of patients affected by advanced atherosclerosis disease conditions. PMID:25284219

  15. An image analysis based method to evaluate gravure paper quality

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    Anu Langinmaa

    1992-01-01

    A method has been developed to find the so-called missing dots in a heliotest strip. Heliotest is a test print method which is used to determine the quality of gravure print paper. The method developed is based on image processing and supervised learning, requiring a 386-based MS\\/DOS computer, a commercial image processing board and software, a commercial co-ordinate table, a

  16. Comparison of Intravoxel Incoherent Motion Diffusion-Weighted MR Imaging and Arterial Spin Labeling MR Imaging in Gliomas

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    Zhang, Zhiqiang; Zhou, Zhenyu; Zhang, Zhongping; Zhang, Yong; Zhang, Zongjun

    2015-01-01

    Gliomas grading is important for treatment plan; we aimed to investigate the application of intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in gliomas grading, by comparing with the three-dimensional pseudocontinuous arterial spin labeling (3D pCASL). 24 patients (13 high grade gliomas and 11 low grade gliomas) underwent IVIM DWI and 3D pCASL imaging before operation; maps of fast diffusion coefficient (D?), slow diffusion coefficient (D), fractional perfusion-related volume (f), and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) as well as cerebral blood flow (CBF) were calculated and then coregistered to generate the corresponding parameter values. We found CBF and D? were higher in the high grade gliomas, whereas ADC, D, and f were lower (all P < 0.05). In differentiating the high from low grade gliomas, the maximum areas under the curves (AUC) of D?, CBF, and ADC were 0.857, 0.85, and 0.902, respectively. CBF was negatively correlated with f in tumor (r = ?0.619, P = 0.001). ADC was positively correlated with D in both tumor and white matter (r = 0.887, P = 0.000 and r = 0.824, P = 0.000, resp.). There was no correlation between CBF and D? in both tumor and white matter (P > 0.05). IVIM DWI showed more efficiency than 3D pCASL but less validity than conventional DWI in differentiating the high from low grade gliomas. PMID:25945328

  17. Assessment of Decline in Health-Related Quality of Life among Angina-Free Patients Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

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    Paul A. Pirraglia; Janey C. Peterson; Pamela Williams-Russo; Mary E. Charlson

    2003-01-01

    Purpose: Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery generally decreases symptoms and improves quality of life, but for those patients without angina, prolongation of life takes precedence. We used the SF-36 to assess changes in health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among patients who were angina free prior to CABG compared to those reporting angina. Methods: We combined data from two randomized

  18. Correction for Arterial-Tissue Delay and Dispersion in Absolute Quantitative Cerebral Perfusion DSC MR Imaging

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    Mouannes-Srour, Jessy J.; Shin, Wanyong; Ansari, Sameer A.; Hurley, Michael C.; Vakil, Parmede; Bendok, Bernard R.; Lee, John L.; Derdeyn, Colin P.; Carroll, Timothy J.

    2011-01-01

    The singular value decomposition deconvolution of cerebral tissue concentration-time (C-T) curves with the arterial input function (AIF) is commonly used in dynamic susceptibility contrast (DSC) cerebral perfusion MR imaging. However, it is sensitive to the time discrepancy between the arrival of the bolus in the tissue C-T curve and the AIF signal. This normally causes inaccuracy in the quantitative perfusion maps due to delay and dispersion effects. A comprehensive correction algorithm has been achieved through slice-dependent time-shifting of the AIF, and a delay-dependent dispersion correction model. The correction algorithm was tested in 11 healthy subjects and 3 ischemic stroke patients scanned with a quantitative perfusion pulse sequence at 1.5T. A validation study was performed on 5 patients with confirmed cerebrovascular occlusive disease scanned with MRI and positron emission tomography (PET) at 3.0T. A significant effect (p<0.05) was reported on the quantitative cerebral blood flow and mean transit time measurements (up to 50%). There was no statistically significant effect on the quantitative cerebral blood volume values. The in vivo results were in agreement with the simulation results, as well as previous literature. This minimizes the bias in patient diagnosis due to the existing errors and artifacts in DSC imaging. PMID:22162092

  19. Dose and diagnostic image quality in digital tomosynthesis imaging of facial bones in pediatrics

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    King, J. M.; Hickling, S.; Elbakri, I. A.; Reed, M.; Wrogemann, J.

    2011-03-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of digital tomosynthesis (DT) for pediatric facial bone imaging. We compared the eye lens dose and diagnostic image quality of DT facial bone exams relative to digital radiography (DR) and computed tomography (CT), and investigated whether we could modify our current DT imaging protocol to reduce patient dose while maintaining sufficient diagnostic image quality. We measured the dose to the eye lens for all three modalities using high-sensitivity thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLDs) and an anthropomorphic skull phantom. To assess the diagnostic image quality of DT compared to the corresponding DR and CT images, we performed an observer study where the visibility of anatomical structures in the DT phantom images were rated on a four-point scale. We then acquired DT images at lower doses and had radiologists indicate whether the visibility of each structure was adequate for diagnostic purposes. For typical facial bone exams, we measured eye lens doses of 0.1-0.4 mGy for DR, 0.3-3.7 mGy for DT, and 26 mGy for CT. In general, facial bone structures were visualized better with DT then DR, and the majority of structures were visualized well enough to avoid the need for CT. DT imaging provides high quality diagnostic images of the facial bones while delivering significantly lower doses to the lens of the eye compared to CT. In addition, we found that by adjusting the imaging parameters, the DT effective dose can be reduced by up to 50% while maintaining sufficient image quality.

  20. Rotationally symmetric image quality indicator for digital X-ray imaging systems

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    T. A. Siewert; D. W. Fitting; M. W. Austin

    1992-01-01

    An image quality indicator (IQI) design based on rotational symmetry is proposed. IQI encompasses a thin, high-density shell around a void or a low-density core, forming a thin-walled sphere. The advantage of this design over plaque type IQIs is that it provides image quality information even when rotated through large angles around any axes of symmetry. A statistically based methodology

  1. Automated coronary artery calcification detection on low-dose chest CT images

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    Xie, Yiting; Cham, Matthew D.; Henschke, Claudia; Yankelevitz, David; Reeves, Anthony P.

    2014-03-01

    Coronary artery calcification (CAC) measurement from low-dose CT images can be used to assess the risk of coronary artery disease. A fully automatic algorithm to detect and measure CAC from low-dose non-contrast, non-ECG-gated chest CT scans is presented. Based on the automatically detected CAC, the Agatston score (AS), mass score and volume score were computed. These were compared with scores obtained manually from standard-dose ECG-gated scans and low-dose un-gated scans of the same patient. The automatic algorithm segments the heart region based on other pre-segmented organs to provide a coronary region mask. The mitral valve and aortic valve calcification is identified and excluded. All remaining voxels greater than 180HU within the mask region are considered as CAC candidates. The heart segmentation algorithm was evaluated on 400 non-contrast cases with both low-dose and regular dose CT scans. By visual inspection, 371 (92.8%) of the segmentations were acceptable. The automated CAC detection algorithm was evaluated on 41 low-dose non-contrast CT scans. Manual markings were performed on both low-dose and standard-dose scans for these cases. Using linear regression, the correlation of the automatic AS with the standard-dose manual scores was 0.86; with the low-dose manual scores the correlation was 0.91. Standard risk categories were also computed. The automated method risk category agreed with manual markings of gated scans for 24 cases while 15 cases were 1 category off. For low-dose scans, the automatic method agreed with 33 cases while 7 cases were 1 category off.

  2. Image quality testing of assembled IR camera modules

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    Winters, Daniel; Erichsen, Patrik

    2013-10-01

    Infrared (IR) camera modules for the LWIR (8-12_m) that combine IR imaging optics with microbolometer focal plane array (FPA) sensors with readout electronics are becoming more and more a mass market product. At the same time, steady improvements in sensor resolution in the higher priced markets raise the requirement for imaging performance of objectives and the proper alignment between objective and FPA. This puts pressure on camera manufacturers and system integrators to assess the image quality of finished camera modules in a cost-efficient and automated way for quality control or during end-of-line testing. In this paper we present recent development work done in the field of image quality testing of IR camera modules. This technology provides a wealth of additional information in contrast to the more traditional test methods like minimum resolvable temperature difference (MRTD) which give only a subjective overall test result. Parameters that can be measured are image quality via the modulation transfer function (MTF) for broadband or with various bandpass filters on- and off-axis and optical parameters like e.g. effective focal length (EFL) and distortion. If the camera module allows for refocusing the optics, additional parameters like best focus plane, image plane tilt, auto-focus quality, chief ray angle etc. can be characterized. Additionally, the homogeneity and response of the sensor with the optics can be characterized in order to calculate the appropriate tables for non-uniformity correction (NUC). The technology can also be used to control active alignment methods during mechanical assembly of optics to high resolution sensors. Other important points that are discussed are the flexibility of the technology to test IR modules with different form factors, electrical interfaces and last but not least the suitability for fully automated measurements in mass production.

  3. Flattening filter removal for improved image quality of megavoltage fluoroscopy

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    Christensen, James D.; Kirichenko, Alexander; Gayou, Olivier [Department of Radiation Oncology, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212 (United States)] [Department of Radiation Oncology, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212 (United States)

    2013-08-15

    Purpose: Removal of the linear accelerator (linac) flattening filter enables a high rate of dose deposition with reduced treatment time. When used for megavoltage imaging, an unflat beam has reduced primary beam scatter resulting in sharper images. In fluoroscopic imaging mode, the unflat beam has higher photon count per image frame yielding higher contrast-to-noise ratio. The authors’ goal was to quantify the effects of an unflat beam on the image quality of megavoltage portal and fluoroscopic images.Methods: 6 MV projection images were acquired in fluoroscopic and portal modes using an electronic flat-panel imager. The effects of the flattening filter on the relative modulation transfer function (MTF) and contrast-to-noise ratio were quantified using the QC3 phantom. The impact of FF removal on the contrast-to-noise ratio of gold fiducial markers also was studied under various scatter conditions.Results: The unflat beam had improved contrast resolution, up to 40% increase in MTF contrast at the highest frequency measured (0.75 line pairs/mm). The contrast-to-noise ratio was increased as expected from the increased photon flux. The visualization of fiducial markers was markedly better using the unflat beam under all scatter conditions, enabling visualization of thin gold fiducial markers, the thinnest of which was not visible using the unflat beam.Conclusions: The removal of the flattening filter from a clinical linac leads to quantifiable improvements in the image quality of megavoltage projection images. These gains enable observers to more easily visualize thin fiducial markers and track their motion on fluoroscopic images.

  4. Impact of atmospheric aerosols on long range image quality

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    LeMaster, Daniel A.; Eismann, Michael T.

    2012-06-01

    Image quality in high altitude long range imaging systems can be severely limited by atmospheric absorption, scattering, and turbulence. Atmospheric aerosols contribute to this problem by scattering target signal out of the optical path and by scattering in unwanted light from the surroundings. Target signal scattering may also lead to image blurring though, in conventional modeling, this effect is ignored. The validity of this choice is tested in this paper by developing an aerosol modulation transfer function (MTF) model for an inhomogeneous atmosphere and then applying it to real-world scenarios using MODTRAN derived scattering parameters. The resulting calculations show that aerosol blurring can be effectively ignored.

  5. Thematic Mapper image quality - Registration, noise, and resolution

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    Wrigley, R. C.; Card, D. H.; Hlavka, C. A.; Hall, J. R.; Mertz, F. C.; Archwamety, C.; Schowengerdt, R. A.

    1984-01-01

    The Landsat-4 satellite has two new imaging radiometers, including the redesigned Multispectral Scanner (MSS) and the Thematic Mapper (TM). The present investigation is concerned with an assessment of TM image quality on the basis of a study of band-to-band registration, periodic noise, and spatial resolution. In the TM images analyzed, the band-to-band registration accuracy of the instrument is very good. A few imperfections were found. Once a stable misregistration is removed, the TM should also meet its registration specifications between focal planes. Spatial resolution analyses in terms of MTF were performed in comparison modes. The forward and backward scans were shown to have virtually identical MTFs.

  6. Simultaneous Analysis and Quality Assurance for Diffusion Tensor Imaging

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    Lauzon, Carolyn B.; Asman, Andrew J.; Esparza, Michael L.; Burns, Scott S.; Fan, Qiuyun; Gao, Yurui; Anderson, Adam W.; Davis, Nicole; Cutting, Laurie E.; Landman, Bennett A.

    2013-01-01

    Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) enables non-invasive, cyto-architectural mapping of in vivo tissue microarchitecture through voxel-wise mathematical modeling of multiple magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) acquisitions, each differently sensitized to water diffusion. DTI computations are fundamentally estimation processes and are sensitive to noise and artifacts. Despite widespread adoption in the neuroimaging community, maintaining consistent DTI data quality remains challenging given the propensity for patient motion, artifacts associated with fast imaging techniques, and the possibility of hardware changes/failures. Furthermore, the quantity of data acquired per voxel, the non-linear estimation process, and numerous potential use cases complicate traditional visual data inspection approaches. Currently, quality inspection of DTI data has relied on visual inspection and individual processing in DTI analysis software programs (e.g. DTIPrep, DTI-studio). However, recent advances in applied statistical methods have yielded several different metrics to assess noise level, artifact propensity, quality of tensor fit, variance of estimated measures, and bias in estimated measures. To date, these metrics have been largely studied in isolation. Herein, we select complementary metrics for integration into an automatic DTI analysis and quality assurance pipeline. The pipeline completes in 24 hours, stores statistical outputs, and produces a graphical summary quality analysis (QA) report. We assess the utility of this streamlined approach for empirical quality assessment on 608 DTI datasets from pediatric neuroimaging studies. The efficiency and accuracy of quality analysis using the proposed pipeline is compared with quality analysis based on visual inspection. The unified pipeline is found to save a statistically significant amount of time (over 70%) while improving the consistency of QA between a DTI expert and a pool of research associates. Projection of QA metrics to a low dimensional manifold reveal qualitative, but clear, QA-study associations and suggest that automated outlier/anomaly detection would be feasible. PMID:23637895

  7. Simultaneous analysis and quality assurance for diffusion tensor imaging.

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    Lauzon, Carolyn B; Asman, Andrew J; Esparza, Michael L; Burns, Scott S; Fan, Qiuyun; Gao, Yurui; Anderson, Adam W; Davis, Nicole; Cutting, Laurie E; Landman, Bennett A

    2013-01-01

    Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) enables non-invasive, cyto-architectural mapping of in vivo tissue microarchitecture through voxel-wise mathematical modeling of multiple magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) acquisitions, each differently sensitized to water diffusion. DTI computations are fundamentally estimation processes and are sensitive to noise and artifacts. Despite widespread adoption in the neuroimaging community, maintaining consistent DTI data quality remains challenging given the propensity for patient motion, artifacts associated with fast imaging techniques, and the possibility of hardware changes/failures. Furthermore, the quantity of data acquired per voxel, the non-linear estimation process, and numerous potential use cases complicate traditional visual data inspection approaches. Currently, quality inspection of DTI data has relied on visual inspection and individual processing in DTI analysis software programs (e.g. DTIPrep, DTI-studio). However, recent advances in applied statistical methods have yielded several different metrics to assess noise level, artifact propensity, quality of tensor fit, variance of estimated measures, and bias in estimated measures. To date, these metrics have been largely studied in isolation. Herein, we select complementary metrics for integration into an automatic DTI analysis and quality assurance pipeline. The pipeline completes in 24 hours, stores statistical outputs, and produces a graphical summary quality analysis (QA) report. We assess the utility of this streamlined approach for empirical quality assessment on 608 DTI datasets from pediatric neuroimaging studies. The efficiency and accuracy of quality analysis using the proposed pipeline is compared with quality analysis based on visual inspection. The unified pipeline is found to save a statistically significant amount of time (over 70%) while improving the consistency of QA between a DTI expert and a pool of research associates. Projection of QA metrics to a low dimensional manifold reveal qualitative, but clear, QA-study associations and suggest that automated outlier/anomaly detection would be feasible. PMID:23637895

  8. Registration Accuracy and Quality of Real-Life Images

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    Hsu, Wei-Yen

    2012-01-01

    Background A common registration problem for the application of consumer device is to align all the acquired image sequences into a complete scene. Image alignment requires a registration algorithm that will compensate as much as possible for geometric variability among images. However, images captured views from a real scene usually produce different distortions. Some are derived from the optic characteristics of image sensors, and others are caused by the specific scenes and objects. Methodology/Principal Findings An image registration algorithm considering the perspective projection is proposed for the application of consumer devices in this study. It exploits a multiresolution wavelet-based method to extract significant features. An analytic differential approach is then proposed to achieve fast convergence of point matching. Finally, the registration accuracy is further refined to obtain subpixel precision by a feature-based modified Levenberg-Marquardt method. Due to its feature-based and nonlinear characteristic, it converges considerably faster than most other methods. In addition, vignette compensation and color difference adjustment are also performed to further improve the quality of registration results. Conclusions/Significance The performance of the proposed method is evaluated by testing the synthetic and real images acquired by a hand-held digital still camera and in comparison with two registration techniques in terms of the squared sum of intensity differences (SSD) and correlation coefficient (CC). The results indicate that the proposed method is promising in registration accuracy and quality, which are statistically significantly better than other two approaches. PMID:22829876

  9. Congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (L-TGA) with situs inversus totalis in adulthood: findings with magnetic resonance imaging

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    Matthias Schmidt; Peter Theissen; Hans J Deutsch; Birgit Dederichs; Damian Franzen; Erland Erdmann; Harald Schicha

    2000-01-01

    Diagnosis of congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (L-TGA) with situs inversus totalis in two adult patients was made by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Visualization of the complete anatomy and quantification of ventricular function was possible. Relevant concomitant disease such as perimembraneous ventricular septal defect, atrial secundum septal defect, tricuspid regurgitation, valvular pulmonic stenosis, and pulmonary artery dilatation were

  10. Image Quality Improvement of Projection Image under Lighting Condition with Color Appearance Model

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    Kamimigaki, Sayuri; Hirai, Keita; Yamamoto, Shoji; Taki, Keisuke; Tsumura, Norimichi; Nakaguchi, Toshiya; Miyake, Yoichi

    We propose an image-quality improvement method of projected images under lighting conditions. In recent years, image quality of the projection display system has increasingly improved, and the system has come to widely use not only as projector but also television system. The color appearance and the resolution of the projected image, however, are influenced by the lighting conditions on the screen. Therefore, in this paper, the CIECAM02 color appearance model is introduced to improve both color and tone reproductions of the projected images under lighting conditions. Chromatic and achromatic channel responses in CIECAM02 are calculated from an input image under a lighting condition. The adapted achromatic response is used for tone mapping to preserve the detail components of the images. On the other hand, the adapted chromatic response is used for accurate color reproduction, which is optimized by the gamut compensation based on the difference between the gamut of projection color under lighting and dark conditions. For the validation, the original images and the corrected images by the proposed method are evaluated by subjective experiments using a paired comparison method. As a result, it is shown that the proposed method can improve the image quality under the lighting conditions.

  11. A novel technique of image quality objective measurement by wavelet analysis throughout the spatial frequency range

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    Gaoyong Luo

    2004-01-01

    An essential determinant of the value of surrogate digital images is their quality. Image quality measurement has become crucial for most image processing applications. Over the past years , there have been many attempts to develop models or metrics for image quality that incorporate elements of human visual sensitivity. However, there is no current standard and objective definition of spectral

  12. Image quality, space-qualified UV interference filters

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    Mooney, Thomas A.

    1992-01-01

    The progress during the contract period is described. The project involved fabrication of image quality, space-qualified bandpass filters in the 200-350 nm spectral region. Ion-assisted deposition (IAD) was applied to produce stable, reasonably durable filter coatings on space compatible UV substrates. Thin film materials and UV transmitting substrates were tested for resistance to simulated space effects.

  13. Using borehole images to quantify reservoir quality and stratigraphic distribution

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    Roestenburg, J.W. (Schlumberger Geophysics Nusantara, Jakarta (Indonesia))

    1994-07-01

    Understanding the distribution of good-quality reservoir rock in a prospective formation is essential to improved reserves computation and maximized production. High-resolution borehole images provide a rapid and efficient method to evaluate reservoir quality over extended sequences. Microconductivity curves from images are evaluated using modal analysis on histograms to establish specific populations. These populations are assigned to electrofacies, which are discriminated using other logs and core data to generate a lithofacies column. Net pay, or sand counts, are computed based on the distribution of log-derived lithofacies. Reservoir distribution is based on the integration of structural and stratigraphic image analyses. This method is applied to two different reservoirs, the first example is of a well developed, valley-fill sequence comprising thick, stacked fluvial-deltaic channel sands. These sands are over 100 ft thick, have >20% porosity, and over 200 md permeability. The distribution and thickness of optimum quality reservoir is random, however. The second example is of multiple, small scale, depositional units between 3 in. and 24 in., which have 15% porosity with >500 md permeability. The net thickness and exact position of high-quality reservoir intervals is not apparent from standard logs, but becomes clear after image analysis.

  14. Perceived interest versus overt visual attention in image quality assessment

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    Engelke, Ulrich; Zhang, Wei; Le Callet, Patrick; Liu, Hantao

    2015-03-01

    We investigate the impact of overt visual attention and perceived interest on the prediction performance of image quality metrics. Towards this end we performed two respective experiments to capture these mechanisms: an eye gaze tracking experiment and a region-of-interest selection experiment. Perceptual relevance maps were created from both experiments and integrated into the design of the image quality metrics. Correlation analysis shows that indeed there is an added value of integrating these perceptual relevance maps. We reveal that the improvement in prediction accuracy is not statistically different between fixation density maps from eye gaze tracking data and region-of-interest maps, thus, indicating the robustness of different perceptual relevance maps for the performance gain of image quality metrics. Interestingly, however, we found that thresholding of region-of-interest maps into binary maps significantly deteriorates prediction performance gain for image quality metrics. We provide a detailed analysis and discussion of the results as well as the conceptual and methodological differences between capturing overt visual attention and perceived interest.

  15. Comparison of retinal image quality with spherical and customized aspheric

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    Dainty, Chris

    Comparison of retinal image quality with spherical and customized aspheric intraocular lenses aspheric intraocular lenses calculated with real ray tracing," J. Cataract Refract. Surg. 35(11), 1984­1994 (2009). 4. D. A. Atchison, "Design of aspheric intraocular lenses," Ophthalmic Physiol. Opt. 11(2), 137

  16. Image Watermarking using Chaotic Watermark Scrambling and Perceptual Quality Evaluation

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    I Image Watermarking using Chaotic Watermark Scrambling and Perceptual Quality Evaluation Master Date: 22/08/2013 hal-00861068,version1-11Sep2013 #12;II Abstract In this report, a watermarking method to generate the watermark which improves the security of the method. The crown watermark is embedded

  17. Dental dose and image quality surveys using optically stimulated luminescence 

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    Handley, Stephen Michael

    2006-04-12

    to the built-in variety of filters in each badge. Trends found in dosimeter response were compared to beam quality measurements through use of a spherical, air ionization chamber and added aluminum filtration to harden the beam. Additionally, a series of image...

  18. Analyzing the Quality of Supernovae Search Image Subtraction James Snitzer

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    Cinabro, David

    the properties of dark energy. One way DES does this is through the observation of type 1a supernovaeAnalyzing the Quality of Supernovae Search Image Subtraction James Snitzer Adviser: John Marriner on the luminosity observed on earth, scientists can find how far away the supernova must be. The light spectrum

  19. Optoelectronic complex inner product for evaluating quality of image segmentation

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    Power, Gregory J.; Awwal, Abdul Ahad S.

    2000-11-01

    In automatic target recognition and machine vision applications, segmentation of the images is a key step. Poor segmentation reduces the recognition performance. For some imaging systems such as MRI and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) it is difficult even for humans to agree on the location of the edge which allows for segmentation. A real- time dynamic approach to determine the quality of segmentation can enable vision systems to refocus of apply appropriate algorithms to ensure high quality segmentation for recognition. A recent approach to evaluate the quality of image segmentation uses percent-pixels-different (PPD). For some cases, PPD provides a reasonable quality evaluation, but it has a weakness in providing a measure for how well the shape of the segmentation matches the true shape. This paper introduces the complex inner product approach for providing a goodness measure for evaluating the segmentation quality based on shape. The complex inner product approach is demonstrated on SAR target chips obtained from the Moving and Stationary Target Acquisition and Recognition (MSTAR) program sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The results are compared to the PPD approach. A design for an optoelectronic implementation of the complex inner product for dynamic segmentation evaluation is introduced.

  20. Induced renal artery stenosis in rabbits: magnetic resonance imaging, angiography, and radionuclide determination of blood volume and blood flow

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    Mitchell, D.G.; Tobin, M.; LeVeen, R.; Tomaczewski, J.; Alavi, A.; Staum, M.; Kundel, H.

    1988-03-01

    To investigate the ability of MRI to detect alterations due to renal ischemia, a rabbit renal artery stenosis (RAS) model was developed. Seven rabbits had RAS induced by surgically encircling the artery with a polyethylene band which had a lumen of 1 mm, 1 to 2 weeks prior to imaging. The stenosis was confirmed by angiography, and the rabbits were then imaged in a 1.4 T research MRI unit. T1 was calculated using four inversion recovery sequences with different inversion times. Renal blood flow, using /sup 113/Sn-microspheres, and regional water content by drying were then measured. The average T1 of the inner medulla was shorter for the ischemia (1574 msec) than for the contralateral kidney (1849 msec), while no change ws noted in the cortex. Ischemic kidneys had less distinct outer medullary zones on IR images with TI = 600 msec than did contralateral or control kidneys. Blood flow to both the cortex and medulla were markedly reduced in ischemic kidneys compared with contralateral kidneys (119.5 vs. 391 ml/min/100 gm for cortex and 19.8 vs. 50.8 ml/min/100 gm for medulla). Renal water and blood content were less affected. Our rabbit model of renal artery stenosis with MRI, radionuclide, and angiographic correlation has the potential to increase our understanding of MR imaging of the rabbit kidney.

  1. Automatic plaque characterization and vessel wall segmentation in magnetic resonance images of atherosclerotic carotid arteries

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    Adame, Isabel M.; van der Geest, Rob J.; Wasserman, Bruce A.; Mohamed, Mona; Reiber, Johan H. C.; Lelieveldt, Boudewijn P. F.

    2004-05-01

    Composition and structure of atherosclerotic plaque is a primary focus of cardiovascular research. In vivo MRI provides a meanse to non-invasively image and assess the morphological features of athersclerotic and normal human carotid arteries. To quantitatively assess the vulnerability and the type of plaque, the contours of the lumen, outer boundary of the vessel wall and plaque components, need to be traced. To achieve this goal, we have developed an automated contou detection technique, which consists of three consecutive steps: firstly, the outer boundary of the vessel wall is detected by means of an ellipse-fitting procedure in order to obtain smoothed shapes; secondly, the lumen is segnented using fuzzy clustering. Thre region to be classified is that within the outer vessel wall boundary obtained from the previous step; finally, for plaque detection we follow the same approach as for lumen segmentation: fuzzy clustering. However, plaque is more difficult to segment, as the pixel gray value can differ considerably from one region to another, even when it corresponds to the same type of tissue. That makes further processing necessary. All these three steps might be carried out combining information from different sequences (PD-, T2-, T1-weighted images, pre- and post-contrast), to improve the contour detection. The algorithm has been validated in vivo on 58 high-resolution PD and T1 weighted MR images (19 patients). The results demonstrate excellent correspondence between automatic and manual area measurements: lumen (r=0.94), outer (r=0.92), and acceptable for fibrous cap thickness (r=0.76).

  2. Effects of temperature and histopathologic preparation on the size and morphology of atherosclerotic carotid arteries as imaged by MRI.

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    Dalager-Pedersen, S; Falk, E; Ringgaard, S; Kristensen, I B; Pedersen, E M

    1999-11-01

    Using magnetic resonance imaging the effects of temperature, formalin fixation, and decalcification on the size and morphology of atherosclerotic arteries were evaluated. Ten ex vivo carotid arteries were scanned fresh at body and room temperature and formalin-fixed and decalcified at room temperature. Different spin-echo pulse sequences were used and absolute T2 values calculated. During processing for histopathology, the contrast between the arterial layers increased. From body to room temperature there were significant increases in size (4%-7%), T2 of media (60--> 68 msec), and fibrous plaque component (95--> 110 msec). Formalin fixation caused significant increases in size (2%-3%) and media T2 (68--> 74 msec). Decalcification caused significant shrinkage (2%-5%) and decrease in T2 of media (74--> 53 msec) and fibrous plaque component (118--> 76 msec). Thus temperature and preparation have profound effects on contrast, size, and T2 of atherosclerotic arteries. Ex vivo experiments should be performed on fresh specimens at body temperature. J. Magn. Reson. Imaging 1999;10:876-885. PMID:10548802

  3. Comparison of quality control software tools for diffusion tensor imaging.

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    Liu, Bilan; Zhu, Tong; Zhong, Jianhui

    2015-04-01

    Image quality of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is critical for image interpretation, diagnostic accuracy and efficiency. However, DTI is susceptible to numerous detrimental artifacts that may impair the reliability and validity of the obtained data. Although many quality control (QC) software tools are being developed and are widely used and each has its different tradeoffs, there is still no general agreement on an image quality control routine for DTIs, and the practical impact of these tradeoffs is not well studied. An objective comparison that identifies the pros and cons of each of the QC tools will be helpful for the users to make the best choice among tools for specific DTI applications. This study aims to quantitatively compare the effectiveness of three popular QC tools including DTI studio (Johns Hopkins University), DTIprep (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Iowa and University of Utah) and TORTOISE (National Institute of Health). Both synthetic and in vivo human brain data were used to quantify adverse effects of major DTI artifacts to tensor calculation as well as the effectiveness of different QC tools in identifying and correcting these artifacts. The technical basis of each tool was discussed, and the ways in which particular techniques affect the output of each of the tools were analyzed. The different functions and I/O formats that three QC tools provide for building a general DTI processing pipeline and integration with other popular image processing tools were also discussed. PMID:25460331

  4. Perceived Image Quality Improvements from the Application of Image Deconvolution to Retinal Images from an Adaptive Optics Fundus Imager

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    Soliz, P.; Nemeth, S. C.; Erry, G. R. G.; Otten, L. J.; Yang, S. Y.

    Aim: The objective of this project was to apply an image restoration methodology based on wavefront measurements obtained with a Shack-Hartmann sensor and evaluating the restored image quality based on medical criteria.Methods: Implementing an adaptive optics (AO) technique, a fundus imager was used to achieve low-order correction to images of the retina. The high-order correction was provided by deconvolution. A Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor measures aberrations. The wavefront measurement is the basis for activating a deformable mirror. Image restoration to remove remaining aberrations is achieved by direct deconvolution using the point spread function (PSF) or a blind deconvolution. The PSF is estimated using measured wavefront aberrations. Direct application of classical deconvolution methods such as inverse filtering, Wiener filtering or iterative blind deconvolution (IBD) to the AO retinal images obtained from the adaptive optical imaging system is not satisfactory because of the very large image size, dificulty in modeling the system noise, and inaccuracy in PSF estimation. Our approach combines direct and blind deconvolution to exploit available system information, avoid non-convergence, and time-consuming iterative processes. Results: The deconvolution was applied to human subject data and resulting restored images compared by a trained ophthalmic researcher. Qualitative analysis showed significant improvements. Neovascularization can be visualized with the adaptive optics device that cannot be resolved with the standard fundus camera. The individual nerve fiber bundles are easily resolved as are melanin structures in the choroid. Conclusion: This project demonstrated that computer-enhanced, adaptive optic images have greater detail of anatomical and pathological structures.

  5. Image quality and attenuation values of multi detector CT coronary angiography using high iodine-concentration contrast material: A comparison of the use of iopromide 370 and iomeprol 400

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    Kim, Eun Young; Yeh, Dae Wook; Choe, Yeon Hyeon; Lee, Won Jae; Lim, Hyo Keun

    2010-01-01

    Background: Effects of high iodine-concentration contrast material on the image quality of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) have not been well evaluated. Purpose: To compare the image quality and attenuation values of CCTA between patients administered iopromide 370 and iomeprol 400 with the use of 64-slice multidetector CT. Material and Methods: Patients were prospectively enrolled and were randomized into two groups (group A, 151 patients received iopromide 370, iodine flux = 1.48 g I/s; group B, 146 patients received iomeprol 400, iodine flux = 1.60 g I/s). CT attenuation was measured in the coronary arteries and great arteries and measurements were standardized based on an iodine flux of 1.5 0 g I/s. The image quality of 15 coronary artery segments was graded by two radiologists in consensus with the use of a four-point scale (1 = excellent to 4 = poor enhancement). Non-parametric statistical approaches were used to compare the two groups. Results: The median attenuation values in the coronary arteries were 454 HU and 464 HU for iopromide 370 and iomeprol 400, respectively, and they did not differ (P = 0.26). When standardizing for an iodine flux, significantly higher attenuation values were found for iopromide 370 (median = 460 HU, range = 216-791 HU) compared with iomeprol 400 (median = 435 HU, range = 195—758 HU) (P = 0.006). The median image quality score of coronary arterial segments was 1 (range 1—2) for both groups (P = 0.84). Conclusion: The attenuation values in the coronary arteries after injection of the same amount of two high iodine-concentration contrast materials at the same flow rate with different iodine fluxes are similar with no difference in image quality. With standardization for an iodine flux, the attenuation is significantly higher when using iopromide 370. PMID:20849317

  6. Structural similarity analysis for brain MR image quality assessment

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    Punga, Mirela Visan; Moldovanu, Simona; Moraru, Luminita

    2014-11-01

    Brain MR images are affected and distorted by various artifacts as noise, blur, blotching, down sampling or compression and as well by inhomogeneity. Usually, the performance of pre-processing operation is quantified by using the quality metrics as mean squared error and its related metrics such as peak signal to noise ratio, root mean squared error and signal to noise ratio. The main drawback of these metrics is that they fail to take the structural fidelity of the image into account. For this reason, we addressed to investigate the structural changes related to the luminance and contrast variation (as non-structural distortions) and to denoising process (as structural distortion)through an alternative metric based on structural changes in order to obtain the best image quality.

  7. Evaluation of the Image Quality of Temporal Subtraction Images Produced Automatically in a PACS Environment

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    Shuji Sakai; Hiroyasu Soeda; Akio Furuya; Hidetake Yabuuchi; Takashi Okafuji; Keiji Yamamoto; Hiroshi Honda; Kunio Doi

    2006-01-01

    The aim of the study is to evaluate the reliable production of temporal subtraction images in a picture archiving and communication\\u000a system environment and to establish objective criteria for the evaluation of image quality. A total of 117 temporal subtraction\\u000a chest images (55 in the upright position, 62 in the supine position) were obtained in five consecutive days. In all

  8. An improved algorithm for femoropopliteal artery centerline restoration using prior knowledge of shapes and image space data

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    Rakshe, Tejas; Fleischmann, Dominik; Rosenberg, Jarrett; Roos, Justus E.; Straka, Matus; Napel, Sandy

    2008-01-01

    Accurate arterial centerline extraction is essential for comprehensive visualization in CT Angiography. Time consuming manual tracking is needed when automated methods fail to track centerlines through severely diseased and occluded vessels. A previously described algorithm, Partial Vector Space Projection (PVSP), which uses vessel shape information from a database to bridge occlusions of the femoropopliteal artery, has a limited accuracy in long (>100 mm) occlusions. In this article we introduce a new algorithm, Intermediate Point Detection (IPD), which uses calcifications in the occluded artery to provide additional information about the location of the centerline to facilitate improvement in PVSP performance. It identifies calcified plaque in image space to find the most useful point within the occlusion to improve the estimate from PVSP. In this algorithm candidates for calcified plaque are automatically identified on axial CT slices in a restricted region around the estimate obtained from PVSP. A modified Canny edge detector identifies the edge of the calcified plaque and a convex polygon fit is used to find the edge of the calcification bordering the wall of the vessel. The Hough transform for circles estimates the center of the vessel on the slice, which serves as a candidate intermediate point. Each candidate is characterized by two scores based on radius and relative position within the occluded segment, and a polynomial function is constructed to define a net score representing the potential benefit of using this candidate for improving the centerline. We tested our approach in 44 femoropopliteal artery occlusions of lengths up to 398 mm in 30 patients with peripheral arterial occlusive disease. Centerlines were tracked manually by four-experts, twice each, with their mean serving as the reference standard. All occlusions were first interpolated with PVSP using a database of femoropopliteal arterial shapes obtained from a total of 60 subjects. Occlusions longer than 80 mm (N=20) were then processed with the IPD algorithm, provided calcifications were found (N=14). We used the maximum point-wise distance of an interpolated curve from the reference standard as our error metric. The IPD algorithm significantly reduced the average error of the initial PVSP from 2.76 to 1.86 mm (p<0.01). The error was less than the clinically desirable 3 mm (smallest radius of the femoropopliteal artery) in 13 of 14 occlusions. The IPD algorithm achieved results within the range of the human readers in 11 of 14 cases. We conclude that the additional use of sparse but specific image space information, such as calcified atherosclerotic plaque, can be used to substantially improve the performance of a previously described knowledge-based method to restore the centerlines of femoropopliteal arterial occlusions. PMID:18697561

  9. Image quality measurements with a neural brightness perception model

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    Grogan, Timothy A.; Wu, Mei

    1991-06-01

    A computational model for the human perception of image brightness has been advanced by Cohen, Grossberg, and Todorovic. The research describes how this model can be used to assess perceived image quality. The implementation of the model is extended to allow the processing of larger images and an increased dynamic range of the gray scale. The model is validated by examining the simulation of some classical brightness perception phenomena including the Herman grid illusion, and the Craik-O'Brien-Cornsweet effect. Results of a comparative evaluation of three halftoning algorithms are offered which indicate that the model is useful for the evaluation of image processing algorithms. Human subjects ranked the quality of the images halftoned with each of three different algorithms at three different viewing distances. Objective measures of the halftoned images were obtained after preprocessing to account for the different viewing distances. The ranking of the objective measures did not correspond to those of the majority of the human observers. However, after processing by the brightness perception model, ranking of the objective measures do correspond with the rankings assigned by human observers.

  10. Impact of hypertension on the accuracy of exercise stress myocardial perfusion imaging for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease

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    Elhendy, A; van Domburg, R T; Sozzi, F; Poldermans, D; Bax, J; Roelandt, J

    2001-01-01

    AIM—To compare the accuracy of exercise stress myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease in patients with and without hypertension.?METHODS—A symptom limited bicycle exercise stress test in conjunction with 99m technetium sestamibi or tetrofosmin SPECT imaging was performed in 332 patients (mean (SD) age, 57 (10) years; 257 men, 75 women) without previous myocardial infarction who underwent coronary angiography. Of these, 137 (41%) had hypertension. Rest SPECT images were acquired 24 hours after the stress test. An abnormal scan was defined as one with reversible or fixed perfusion defects.?RESULTS—In hypertensive patients, myocardial perfusion abnormalities were detected in 79 of 102 patients with significant coronary artery disease and in nine of 35 patients without. In normotensive patients, myocardial perfusion abnormalities were detected in 104 of 138 patients with significant coronary artery disease and in 16 of 57 patients without. There were no differences between normotensive and hypertensive patients in sensitivity (77% (95% confidence interval (CI) 69% to 86%) v 75% (95% CI 68% to 83%)), specificity (74% (95% CI 60% to 89%) v 72% (95% CI 60% to 84%)), and accuracy (77% (95% CI 70% to 84%) v 74% (95% CI 68% to 80%)) of exercise SPECT for diagnosing coronary artery disease. The accuracy of SPECT was greater than electrocardiography, both in hypertensive patients (p = 0.005) and in normotensive patients (p = 0.0001). For the detection of coronary artery disease in individual vessels, sensitivity was 58% (95% CI 51% to 65%) v 57% (95% CI 51% to 64%), specificity was 86% (95% CI 82% to 90%) v 85% (95% CI 81% to 89%), and accuracy was 74% (95% CI 70% to 78%) v 74% (95% CI 70% to 78%) in patients with and without hypertension (NS).?CONCLUSIONS—In the usual clinical setting, the value of exercise myocardial perfusion scintigraphy for diagnosing coronary artery disease is not degraded by the presence of hypertension.???Keywords: hypertension; coronary artery disease; exercise stress test; myocardial perfusion PMID:11359747

  11. A study of image quality for radar image processing. [synthetic aperture radar imagery

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    King, R. W.; Kaupp, V. H.; Waite, W. P.; Macdonald, H. C.

    1982-01-01

    Methods developed for image quality metrics are reviewed with focus on basic interpretation or recognition elements including: tone or color; shape; pattern; size; shadow; texture; site; association or context; and resolution. Seven metrics are believed to show promise as a way of characterizing the quality of an image: (1) the dynamic range of intensities in the displayed image; (2) the system signal-to-noise ratio; (3) the system spatial bandwidth or bandpass; (4) the system resolution or acutance; (5) the normalized-mean-square-error as a measure of geometric fidelity; (6) the perceptual mean square error; and (7) the radar threshold quality factor. Selective levels of degradation are being applied to simulated synthetic radar images to test the validity of these metrics.

  12. Four-dimensional Transcatheter Intra-arterial Perfusion MR Imaging Before and After Uterine Artery Embolization in the Rabbit VX2 Tumor Model

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    Chung, Johnathan C.; Wang, Dingxin; Lewandowski, Robert J.; Tang, Richard; Chrisman, Howard B.; Vogelzang, Robert L.; Woloschak, Gayle E.; Larson, Andrew C.; Omary, Reed A.; Ryu, Robert K.

    2010-01-01

    Purpose To test the hypothesis that four-dimensional (4D) transcatheter intra-arterial perfusion (TRIP) MR imaging can measure uterine fibroid perfusion changes immediately before and after uterine artery embolization (UAE) in the rabbit VX2 tumor model. Materials and Methods Eight VX2 uterine tumors were grown in 6 rabbits. After positioning a catheter within the uterine artery, we performed 4D TRIP-MRI measurements with 3 mL injections of 2.5% gadopentetate dimeglumine. We used a dynamic 3D spoiled-GRE sequence with in vivo B1-field correction for improved accuracy during perfusion quantification. We performed UAE using 1 mL of gelatin microspheres (2×106 particles; diameter 40-120 ?m). Two regions-of-interest were drawn within each tumor upon perfusion maps. Functional embolic endpoints were reported as the mean percent reduction in fibroid tumor perfusion. Measurements before and after UAE were compared using paired t-tests (? = 0.05). Results VX2 uterine tumor perfusion decreased significantly from 27.1 at baseline to 7.09 after UAE (mL/min/100 mL tissue, p < 0.0001). Overall perfusion reduction was 76.3% (95% CI: 66.3%-86.3%). Conclusion 4D TRIP MRI can objectively quantify uterine fibroid perfusion reductions during UAE in VX2 rabbits. This technique could be used clinically to potentially determine an optimal embolic endpoint with the long-term goals of improving UAE success rates and minimizing procedure-related ischemic pain. PMID:20432349

  13. Image quality assessment based on multiscale geometric analysis.

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    Gao, Xinbo; Lu, Wen; Tao, Dacheng; Li, Xuelong

    2009-07-01

    Reduced-reference (RR) image quality assessment (IQA) has been recognized as an effective and efficient way to predict the visual quality of distorted images. The current standard is the wavelet-domain natural image statistics model (WNISM), which applies the Kullback-Leibler divergence between the marginal distributions of wavelet coefficients of the reference and distorted images to measure the image distortion. However, WNISM fails to consider the statistical correlations of wavelet coefficients in different subbands and the visual response characteristics of the mammalian cortical simple cells. In addition, wavelet transforms are optimal greedy approximations to extract singularity structures, so they fail to explicitly extract the image geometric information, e.g., lines and curves. Finally, wavelet coefficients are dense for smooth image edge contours. In this paper, to target the aforementioned problems in IQA, we develop a novel framework for IQA to mimic the human visual system (HVS) by incorporating the merits from multiscale geometric analysis (MGA), contrast sensitivity function (CSF), and the Weber's law of just noticeable difference (JND). In the proposed framework, MGA is utilized to decompose images and then extract features to mimic the multichannel structure of HVS. Additionally, MGA offers a series of transforms including wavelet, curvelet, bandelet, contourlet, wavelet-based contourlet transform (WBCT), and hybrid wavelets and directional filter banks (HWD), and different transforms capture different types of image geometric information. CSF is applied to weight coefficients obtained by MGA to simulate the appearance of images to observers by taking into account many of the nonlinearities inherent in HVS. JND is finally introduced to produce a noticeable variation in sensory experience. Thorough empirical studies are carried out upon the LIVE database against subjective mean opinion score (MOS) and demonstrate that 1) the proposed framework has good consistency with subjective perception values and the objective assessment results can well reflect the visual quality of images, 2) different transforms in MGA under the new framework perform better than the standard WNISM and some of them even perform better than the standard full-reference IQA model, i.e., the mean structural similarity index, and 3) HWD performs best among all transforms in MGA under the framework. PMID:19447715

  14. Myocardial perfusion imaging is an effective screening test for coronary artery disease in liver transplant candidates.

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    Baker, Sally; Chambers, Charles; McQuillan, Patrick; Janicki, Piotr; Kadry, Zakiyah; Bowen, Daniel; Bezinover, Dmitri

    2015-04-01

    A reliable screening test for coronary artery disease (CAD) in liver transplant (LT) candidates with end-stage liver disease is essential because a high percentage of perioperative mortality and morbidity is CAD-related. In this study, the effectiveness of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) for identification of significant CAD in LT candidates was evaluated. Records of 244 patients meeting criteria for MPI were evaluated: 74 met inclusion criteria; 40 had a positive MPI and cardiology follow-up; 27 had a negative MPI and underwent LT; and seven had a negative MPI and then had coronary angiography or a significant cardiac event. A selective MPI interpretation strategy was established where MPI-positive patients were divided into high, intermediate, and low CAD risk groups. The overall incidence of CAD in this study population was 5.1% and our strategy resulted in PPV 20%, NPV 94%, sensitivity 80%, and specificity 50% for categorizing CAD risk. When applied only to the subset of patients categorized as high CAD risk, the strategy was more effective, with PPV 67%, NPV 97%, sensitivity 80%, and specificity 94%. We determined that renal dysfunction was an independent predictive factor for CAD (p < 0.0001, odds ratio = 8.1), and grades of coronary occlusion correlated significantly with chronic renal dysfunction (p = 0.0079). PMID:25604507

  15. Integration of multi-modality imaging for accurate 3D reconstruction of human coronary arteries in vivo

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    Giannoglou, George D.; Chatzizisis, Yiannis S.; Sianos, George; Tsikaderis, Dimitrios; Matakos, Antonis; Koutkias, Vassilios; Diamantopoulos, Panagiotis; Maglaveras, Nicos; Parcharidis, George E.; Louridas, George E.

    2006-12-01

    In conventional intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)-based three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of human coronary arteries, IVUS images are arranged linearly generating a straight vessel volume. However, with this approach real vessel curvature is neglected. To overcome this limitation an imaging method was developed based on integration of IVUS and biplane coronary angiography (BCA). In 17 coronary arteries from nine patients, IVUS and BCA were performed. From each angiographic projection, a single end-diastolic frame was selected and in each frame the IVUS catheter was interactively detected for the extraction of 3D catheter path. Ultrasound data was obtained with a sheath-based catheter and recorded on S-VHS videotape. S-VHS data was digitized and lumen and media-adventitia contours were semi-automatically detected in end-diastolic IVUS images. Each pair of contours was aligned perpendicularly to the catheter path and rotated in space by implementing an algorithm based on Frenet-Serret rules. Lumen and media-adventitia contours were interpolated through generation of intermediate contours creating a real 3D lumen and vessel volume, respectively. The absolute orientation of the reconstructed lumen was determined by back-projecting it onto both angiographic planes and comparing the projected lumen with the actual angiographic lumen. In conclusion, our method is capable of performing rapid and accurate 3D reconstruction of human coronary arteries in vivo. This technique can be utilized for reliable plaque morphometric, geometrical and hemodynamic analyses.

  16. Improving arterial spin labeling data by temporal filtering , Jean-Christophe Ferr

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    Boyer, Edmond

    blood in brain feeding arteries. The perfusion is obtained from the dierence between images quality. The images are acquired shortly after the labeling to allow the labeled blood to reach the imaged slice. A sequence of images with multiple delays is more suitable for quantication of the cerebral blood

  17. No-reference image quality assessment in the spatial domain.

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    Mittal, Anish; Moorthy, Anush Krishna; Bovik, Alan Conrad

    2012-12-01

    We propose a natural scene statistic-based distortion-generic blind/no-reference (NR) image quality assessment (IQA) model that operates in the spatial domain. The new model, dubbed blind/referenceless image spatial quality evaluator (BRISQUE) does not compute distortion-specific features, such as ringing, blur, or blocking, but instead uses scene statistics of locally normalized luminance coefficients to quantify possible losses of "naturalness" in the image due to the presence of distortions, thereby leading to a holistic measure of quality. The underlying features used derive from the empirical distribution of locally normalized luminances and products of locally normalized luminances under a spatial natural scene statistic model. No transformation to another coordinate frame (DCT, wavelet, etc.) is required, distinguishing it from prior NR IQA approaches. Despite its simplicity, we are able to show that BRISQUE is statistically better than the full-reference peak signal-to-noise ratio and the structural similarity index, and is highly competitive with respect to all present-day distortion-generic NR IQA algorithms. BRISQUE has very low computational complexity, making it well suited for real time applications. BRISQUE features may be used for distortion-identification as well. To illustrate a new practical application of BRISQUE, we describe how a nonblind image denoising algorithm can be augmented with BRISQUE in order to perform blind image denoising. Results show that BRISQUE augmentation leads to performance improvements over state-of-the-art methods. A software release of BRISQUE is available online: http://live.ece.utexas.edu/research/quality/BRISQUE_release.zip for public use and evaluation. PMID:22910118

  18. Early Magnetic Resonance Imaging Prediction of Arterial Recanalization and Late Infarct Volume in Acute Carotid Artery Stroke

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    Marc Hermier; Norbert Nighoghossian; Patrice Adeleine; Yves Berthezène; Laurent Derex; Hasan Yilmaz; Jean-François Dugor; Pascal Dardel; François Cotton; Frédéric Philippeau; Paul Trouillas; Jean-Claude Froment

    2003-01-01

    In patients with acute ischemic stroke, early recanalization may save tissue at risk for ischemic infarction, thus resulting in smaller infarcts and better clinical outcome. The hypothesis that clinical and diffusion- and perfusion-weighted imaging (DWI, PWI) parameters may have a predictive value for early recanalization and final infarct size was assessed. Twenty-nine patients were prospectively enrolled and underwent sequential magnetic

  19. Scintigraphic anatomy of coronary artery disease in digital thallium-201 myocardial images

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    R J Wainwright

    1981-01-01

    One hundred and eight patients with single and multiple vessel coronary artery disease confirmed by arteriography were evaluated by exercise thallium-201 (201Tl) myocardial scintigraphy to determine the scintigraphic appearances of specific coronary stenoses. In general proximal stenoses caused more widespread, but not necessarily more severe, myocardial tracer deficit than distal stenoses. In particular, proximal dominant right coronary artery disease was

  20. Note: A multifunction lens test system for imaging quality evaluation

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    Chen, Chun-Jen; Wu, Wen-Hong; Huang, Kuo-Cheng

    2010-01-01

    A novel multifunction lens imaging quality test system is established to overcome the practical problems in the conventional system. This system is compact, cost efficient, user friendly, and suitable for lens quality control in production line. The established system can evaluate the modulation transform function, imaging depth, image distortion, and light intensity distribution of the tested lens by auto-changing the tested patterns. This system consists of a tested lens, a charge coupled device (CCD) camera, a linear motorized stage, a system fixture, an observer liquid crystal display (LCD) monitor, and a notebook for providing patterns. The LCD monitor displays a series of specified tested patterns sent from the notebook. Then each displayed pattern goes through the tested lens and images in the CCD camera. Consequently, the performance of the tested lens can be evaluated by analyzing the image of CCD camera with special designed software. The advantage of this system is that it can complete a whole test quickly without interruption part replacement because the tested patterns are statically displayed on LCD monitor and controlled by the notebook.

  1. Spread spectrum image watermarking based on perceptual quality metric.

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    Zhang, Fan; Liu, Wenyu; Lin, Weisi; Ngan, King Ngi

    2011-11-01

    Efficient image watermarking calls for full exploitation of the perceptual distortion constraint. Second-order statistics of visual stimuli are regarded as critical features for perception. This paper proposes a second-order statistics (SOS)-based image quality metric, which considers the texture masking effect and the contrast sensitivity in Karhunen-Loève transform domain. Compared with the state-of-the-art metrics, the quality prediction by SOS better correlates with several subjectively rated image databases, in which the images are impaired by the typical coding and watermarking artifacts. With the explicit metric definition, spread spectrum watermarking is posed as an optimization problem: we search for a watermark to minimize the distortion of the watermarked image and to maximize the correlation between the watermark pattern and the spread spectrum carrier. The simple metric guarantees the optimal watermark a closed-form solution and a fast implementation. The experiments show that the proposed watermarking scheme can take full advantage of the distortion constraint and improve the robustness in return. PMID:21518660

  2. Association between Poor Glycemic Control, Impaired Sleep Quality, and Increased Arterial Thickening in Type 2 Diabetic Patients

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    Yoda, Koichiro; Inaba, Masaaki; Hamamoto, Kae; Yoda, Maki; Tsuda, Akihiro; Mori, Katsuhito; Imanishi, Yasuo; Emoto, Masanori; Yamada, Shinsuke

    2015-01-01

    Objective Poor sleep quality is an independent predictor of cardiovascular events. However, little is known about the association between glycemic control and objective sleep architecture and its influence on arteriosclerosis in patients with type-2 diabetes mellitus (DM). The present study examined the association of objective sleep architecture with both glycemic control and arteriosclerosis in type-2 DM patients. Design Cross-sectional study in vascular laboratory. Methods The subjects were 63 type-2 DM inpatients (M/F, 32/31; age, 57.5±13.1) without taking any sleeping promoting drug and chronic kidney disease. We examined objective sleep architecture by single-channel electroencephalography and arteriosclerosis by carotid-artery intima-media thickness (CA-IMT). Results HbA1c was associated significantly in a negative manner with REM sleep latency (interval between sleep-onset and the first REM period) (?=-0.280, p=0.033), but not with other measurements of sleep quality. REM sleep latency associated significantly in a positive manner with log delta power (the marker of deep sleep) during that period (?=0.544, p=0.001). In the model including variables univariately correlated with CA-IMT (REM sleep latency, age, DM duration, systolic blood pressure, and HbA1c) as independent variables, REM sleep latency (?=-0.232, p=0.038), but not HbA1c were significantly associated with CA-IMT. When log delta power was included in place of REM sleep latency, log delta power (?=-0.257, p=0.023) emerged as a significant factor associated with CA-IMT. Conclusions In type-2 DM patients, poor glycemic control was independently associated with poor quality of sleep as represented by decrease of REM sleep latency which might be responsible for increased CA-IMT, a relevant marker for arterial wall thickening. PMID:25875738

  3. How much image noise can be added in cardiac x-ray imaging without loss in perceived image quality?

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    Gislason-Lee, Amber J.; Kumcu, Asli; Kengyelics, Stephen M.; Rhodes, Laura A.; Davies, Andrew G.

    2015-03-01

    Dynamic X-ray imaging systems are used for interventional cardiac procedures to treat coronary heart disease. X-ray settings are controlled automatically by specially-designed X-ray dose control mechanisms whose role is to ensure an adequate level of image quality is maintained with an acceptable radiation dose to the patient. Current commonplace dose control designs quantify image quality by performing a simple technical measurement directly from the image. However, the utility of cardiac X-ray images is in their interpretation by a cardiologist during an interventional procedure, rather than in a technical measurement. With the long term goal of devising a clinically-relevant image quality metric for an intelligent dose control system, we aim to investigate the relationship of image noise with clinical professionals' perception of dynamic image sequences. Computer-generated noise was added, in incremental amounts, to angiograms of five different patients selected to represent the range of adult cardiac patient sizes. A two alternative forced choice staircase experiment was used to determine the amount of noise which can be added to a patient image sequences without changing image quality as perceived by clinical professionals. Twenty-five viewing sessions (five for each patient) were completed by thirteen observers. Results demonstrated scope to increase the noise of cardiac X-ray images by up to 21% +/- 8% before it is noticeable by clinical professionals. This indicates a potential for 21% radiation dose reduction since X-ray image noise and radiation dose are directly related; this would be beneficial to both patients and personnel.

  4. A quality assurance program for image quality of cone-beam CT guidance in radiation therapy.

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    Bissonnette, Jean-Pierre; Moseley, Douglas J; Jaffray, David A

    2008-05-01

    The clinical introduction of volumetric x-ray image-guided radiotherapy systems necessitates formal commissioning of the hardware and image-guided processes to be used and drafts quality assurance (QA) for both hardware and processes. Satisfying both requirements provides confidence on the system's ability to manage geometric variations in patient setup and internal organ motion. As these systems become a routine clinical modality, the authors present data from their QA program tracking the image quality performance of ten volumetric systems over a period of 3 years. These data are subsequently used to establish evidence-based tolerances for a QA program. The volumetric imaging systems used in this work combines a linear accelerator with conventional x-ray tube and an amorphous silicon flat-panel detector mounted orthogonally from the accelerator central beam axis, in a cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) configuration. In the spirit of the AAPM Report No. 74, the present work presents the image quality portion of their QA program; the aspects of the QA protocol addressing imaging geometry have been presented elsewhere. Specifically, the authors are presenting data demonstrating the high linearity of CT numbers, the uniformity of axial reconstructions, and the high contrast spatial resolution of ten CBCT systems (1-2 mm) from two commercial vendors. They are also presenting data accumulated over the period of several months demonstrating the long-term stability of the flat-panel detector and of the distances measured on reconstructed volumetric images. Their tests demonstrate that each specific CBCT system has unique performance. In addition, scattered x rays are shown to influence the imaging performance in terms of spatial resolution, axial reconstruction uniformity, and the linearity of CT numbers. PMID:18561655

  5. Image-inpainting and quality-guided phase unwrapping algorithm.

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    Meng, Lei; Fang, Suping; Yang, Pengcheng; Wang, Leijie; Komori, Masaharu; Kubo, Aizoh

    2012-05-01

    For the wrapped phase map with regional abnormal fringes, a new phase unwrapping algorithm that combines the image-inpainting theory and the quality-guided phase unwrapping algorithm is proposed. First, by applying a threshold to the modulation map, the valid region (i.e., the interference region) is divided into the doubtful region (called the target region during the inpainting period) and the reasonable one (the source region). The wrapped phase of the doubtful region is thought to be unreliable, and the data are abandoned temporarily. Using the region-filling image-inpainting method, the blank target region is filled with new data, while nothing is changed in the source region. A new wrapped phase map is generated, and then it is unwrapped with the quality-guided phase unwrapping algorithm. Finally, a postprocessing operation is proposed for the final result. Experimental results have shown that the performance of the proposed algorithm is effective. PMID:22614426

  6. Image quality vs. sensitivity: fundamental sensor system engineering

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    Schueler, Carl F.

    2008-08-01

    This paper focuses on the fundamental system engineering tradeoff driving almost all remote sensing design efforts, affecting complexity, cost, performance, schedule, and risk: image quality vs. sensitivity. This single trade encompasses every aspect of performance, including radiometric accuracy, dynamic range and precision, as well as spatial, spectral, and temporal coverage and resolution. This single trade also encompasses every aspect of design, including mass, dimensions, power, orbit selection, spacecraft interface, sensor and spacecraft functional trades, pointing or scanning architecture, sensor architecture (e.g., field-of-view, optical form, aperture, f/#, material properties), electronics, mechanical and thermal properties. The relationship between image quality and sensitivity is introduced based on the concepts of modulation transfer function (MTF) and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) with examples to illustrate the balance to be achieved by the system architect to optimize cost, complexity, performance and risk relative to end-user requirements.

  7. Characterization of image quality and image-guidance performance of a preclinical microirradiator

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    Clarkson, R.; Lindsay, P. E.; Ansell, S.; Wilson, G.; Jelveh, S.; Hill, R. P.; Jaffray, D. A. [Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9 (Canada); Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9 (Canada) and Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1 (Canada); Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5 2M9 (Canada); Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9 (Canada) and Ontario Cancer Institute, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9 (Canada); Ontario Cancer Institute, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9 (Canada); Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1 (Canada) and Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1 (Canada); Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9 (Canada); Ontario Cancer Institute, Princess Margaret Hospital, 610 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2M9 (Canada); Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1 (Canada) and Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A1 (Canada)

    2011-02-15

    Purpose: To assess image quality and image-guidance capabilities of a cone-beam CT based small-animal image-guided irradiation unit (micro-IGRT). Methods: A micro-IGRT system has been developed in collaboration with the authors' laboratory as a means to study the radiobiological effects of conformal radiation dose distributions in small animals. The system, the X-Rad 225Cx, consists of a 225 kVp x-ray tube and a flat-panel amorphous silicon detector mounted on a rotational C-arm gantry and is capable of both fluoroscopic x-ray and cone-beam CT imaging, as well as image-guided placement of the radiation beams. Image quality (voxel noise, modulation transfer, CT number accuracy, and geometric accuracy characteristics) was assessed using water cylinder and micro-CT test phantoms. Image guidance was tested by analyzing the dose delivered to radiochromic films fixed to BB's through the end-to-end process of imaging, targeting the center of the BB, and irradiation of the film/BB in order to compare the offset between the center of the field and the center of the BB. Image quality and geometric studies were repeated over a 5-7 month period to assess stability. Results: CT numbers reported were found to be linear (R{sup 2}{>=}0.998) and the noise for images of homogeneous water phantom was 30 HU at imaging doses of approximately 1 cGy (to water). The presampled MTF at 50% and 10% reached 0.64 and 1.35 mm{sup -1}, respectively. Targeting accuracy by means of film irradiations was shown to have a mean displacement error of [{Delta}x,{Delta}y,{Delta}z]=[-0.12,-0.05,-0.02] mm, with standard deviations of [0.02, 0.20, 0.17] mm. The system has proven to be stable over time, with both the image quality and image-guidance performance being reproducible for the duration of the studies. Conclusions: The micro-IGRT unit provides soft-tissue imaging of small-animal anatomy at acceptable imaging doses ({<=}1 cGy). The geometric accuracy and targeting systems permit dose placement with submillimeter accuracy and precision. The system has proven itself to be stable over 2 yr of routine laboratory use (>1800 irradiations) and provides a platform for the exploration of targeted radiation effects in small-animal models.

  8. A mechanism for the management and optimization of imaging systems with non-uniform imaging quality

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    Sanderson, Thomas A.; Sprague, Paul; Smith, Steven L.; Simmons, Rulon E.; Lines, Raymond T.

    2005-05-01

    When imaging data is collected using airborne remote sensing systems, it is common that the image quality (IQ) of the collected data is not uniform over the entire region of collection. This non-uniformity of IQ is often a limiting factor to the utility of collected data. It would therefore be useful to have a mechanism to predict, assess and manage the non-uniformity of the IQ of remote sensing data both before and after data collection. A mechanism is proposed to model spatially and temporally varying IQ aspects of an imaging collection as a matrix across the region of collection. Within this framework an image quality metric such as a NIIRS based IQE or other IQ predictor is applied to the matrix of parameters, thus sampling IQ such that a 'map' or 'picture' of image quality is created. This allows specific knowledge of IQ performance at particular locations in an image, allowing better resource management when multiple targets with separate collection requirements are collected in the same imaging event. Application to mission planning and optimization of system resources under contingency operations, such as when a system must operate in a degraded state, are also discussed.

  9. Food pattern and quality of life in metabolic syndrome patients who underwent coronary artery bypass grafting in Taiwan.

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    Tung, Heng-Hsin; Tseng, Li-Hua; Wei, Jeng; Lin, Cheng-Hsin; Wang, Tsae-Jyy; Liang, Shu-Yuan

    2011-12-01

    Metabolic syndrome is associated with poor operative outcomes of coronary artery bypass grafting surgery (CABG). A healthy food pattern for metabolic syndrome patients is necessary not only in the initial stage to prevent cardiovascular disease but for those who experience cardiovascular problems and undergo heart surgery. Empirical studies that explore food pattern and quality of life metabolic syndrome patients who undergo CABG are lacking. Therefore, the objectives of this study are to explore the food pattern and quality of life of metabolic syndrome patients who undergo CABG and to examine the relationship between these two variables. A descriptive, correlational and cross section design was conducted. Through convenience sampling, 104 patients were recruited. Data were collected through three instruments: a demographic questionnaire; the Chinese Food Frequency Questionnaire-Short Form (Short C-FFQ), used to assess food pattern; and the Taiwanese version of the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36-Health Survey (SF-36), used to assess quality of life. Descriptive analysis, one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Pearson correlation were used to analyze the data. The results indicated that patients who ate fruit more frequently tended to have a better quality of life, while the intake of fried food was more frequently associated with a poor quality of life. The use of these data gives the health care provider a better understanding of food pattern and their impact on quality of life in this population. Such an understanding can be used to develop targeted interventions to promote health in this and in other populations. PMID:20609630

  10. Image quality in polypseudophakia for extremely short eyes

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    Hull, C; Liu, C; Sciscio, A

    1999-01-01

    AIM—To evaluate the image quality produced by polypseudophakia used for strongly hypermetropic and nanophthalmic eyes.?METHODS—Primary aberration theory and ray tracing analysis were used to calculate the optimum lens shapes and power distribution between the two intraocular lenses for two example eyes: one a strongly hypermetropic eye, the other a nanophthalmic eye. Spherical aberration and oblique astigmatism were considered. Modulation transfer function (MTF) curves were computed using commercial optical design software (Sigma 2100, Kidger Optics Ltd) to assess axial image quality, and the sagittal and tangential image surfaces were computed to study image quality across the field.?RESULTS—A significant improvement in the axial MTF was found for the eyes with double implants. However, results indicate that this may be realised as a better contrast sensitivity in the low to mid spatial frequency range rather than as a better Snellen acuity. The optimum lens shapes for minimum spherical aberration (best axial image quality) were approximately convex-plano for both lenses with the convex surface facing the cornea. Conversely, the optimum lens shapes for zero oblique astigmatism were strongly meniscus with the anterior surface concave. Correction of oblique astigmatism was only achieved with a loss in axial performance.?CONCLUSIONS—Optimum estimated visual acuity exceeds 6/5 in both the hypermetropic and the nanophthalmic eyes studied (pupil size of 4 mm) with polypseudophakic correction. These results can be attained using convex-plano or biconvex lenses with the most convex surface facing the cornea. If the posterior surface of the posterior intraocular lens is convex, as is commonly used to help prevent migration of lens epithelial cells causing posterior capsular opacification (PCO), then it is still possible to achieve 6/4.5 in the hypermetropic eye and 6/5.3 in the nanophthalmic eye provided the anterior intraocular lens has an approximately convex-plano shape with the convex surface anterior. It was therefore concluded that consideration of optical image quality does not demand that additional intraocular lens shapes need to be manufactured for polypseudophakic correction of extremely short eyes and that implanting the posterior intraocular lens in the conventional orientation to help prevent PCO does not necessarily limit estimated visual acuity.?? PMID:10340971

  11. High image quality sub 100 picosecond gated framing camera development

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    Price, R.H.; Wiedwald, J.D.

    1983-11-17

    A major challenge for laser fusion is the study of the symmetry and hydrodynamic stability of imploding fuel capsules. Framed x-radiographs of 10-100 ps duration, excellent image quality, minimum geometrical distortion (< 1%), dynamic range greater than 1000, and more than 200 x 200 pixels are required for this application. Recent progress on a gated proximity focused intensifier which meets these requirements is presented.

  12. Comparison of two common aerial reconnaissance image quality measures

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    Riehl, Kenneth, Jr.; Maver, Lawrence A.

    1996-11-01

    The assessment of imaging system performance is critical to ensuring a system is delivering the highest quality products possible. The principle two methods for evaluation of reconnaissance system performance are resolution and the National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS). This paper describes both methods, and presents benefits and limitations of each. Use of the NIIRS is shown to be on the increase as it and an associated prediction model have been relatively recently released unclassified.

  13. High Quality Autostereoscopic Surgical Display Using Anti-aliased Integral Videography Imaging

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    Hongen Liao; Daisuke Tamura; Makoto Iwahara; Nobuhiko Hata; Takeyoshi Dohi

    2004-01-01

    This paper presents an autostereoscopic three-dimensional (3-D) surgical display with high quality integral videography (IV) rendering algorithm. IV is an animated extension of integral photography, which provides 3-D images without using any supplementary glasses or tracking devices. Despite IV's many advantages, the quality of its spatial image has thus far been poor. We developed a high quality image rendering method

  14. Radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging for the evaluation of patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease in the era of multimodality cardiovascular imaging.

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    Taqueti, Viviany R; Di Carli, Marcelo F

    2015-01-01

    Over the last several decades, radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with single photon emission tomography and positron emission tomography has been a mainstay for the evaluation of patients with known or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). More recently, technical advances in separate and complementary imaging modalities including coronary computed tomography angiography, computed tomography perfusion, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, and contrast stress echocardiography have expanded the toolbox of diagnostic testing for cardiac patients. While the growth of available technologies has heralded an exciting era of multimodality cardiovascular imaging, coordinated and dispassionate utilization of these techniques is needed to implement the right test for the right patient at the right time, a promise of "precision medicine." In this article, we review the maturing role of MPI in the current era of multimodality cardiovascular imaging, particularly in the context of recent advances in myocardial blood flow quantitation, and as applied to the evaluation of patients with known or suspected CAD. PMID:25770849

  15. Radiometric Quality Evaluation of INSAT-3D Imager Data

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    Prakash, S.; Jindal, D.; Badal, N.; Kartikeyan, B.; Gopala Krishna, B.

    2014-11-01

    INSAT-3D is an advanced meteorological satellite of ISRO which acquires imagery in optical and infra-red (IR) channels for study of weather dynamics in Indian sub-continent region. In this paper, methodology of radiometric quality evaluation for Level-1 products of Imager, one of the payloads onboard INSAT-3D, is described. Firstly, overall visual quality of scene in terms of dynamic range, edge sharpness or modulation transfer function (MTF), presence of striping and other image artefacts is computed. Uniform targets in Desert and Sea region are identified for which detailed radiometric performance evaluation for IR channels is carried out. Mean brightness temperature (BT) of targets is computed and validated with independently generated radiometric references. Further, diurnal/seasonal trends in target BT values and radiometric uncertainty or sensor noise are studied. Results of radiometric quality evaluation over duration of eight months (January to August 2014) and comparison of radiometric consistency pre/post yaw flip of satellite are presented. Radiometric Analysis indicates that INSAT-3D images have high contrast (MTF > 0.2) and low striping effects. A bias of <4K is observed in the brightness temperature values of TIR-1 channel measured during January-August 2014 indicating consistent radiometric calibration. Diurnal and seasonal analysis shows that Noise equivalent differential temperature (NEdT) for IR channels is consistent and well within specifications.

  16. Dual-source spiral CT with pitch up to 3.2 and 75 ms temporal resolution: Image reconstruction and assessment of image quality

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    Flohr, Thomas G.; Leng Shuai; Yu Lifeng; Allmendinger, Thomas; Bruder, Herbert; Petersilka, Martin; Eusemann, Christian D.; Stierstorfer, Karl; Schmidt, Bernhard; McCollough, Cynthia H. [Siemens Healthcare, Computed Tomography, 91301 Forchheim, Germany and Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Eberhard-Karls-Universitaet, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 55905 (United States); Siemens Healthcare, Computed Tomography, 91301 Forchheim (Germany); Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 55905 (United States)

    2009-12-15

    Purpose: To present the theory for image reconstruction of a high-pitch, high-temporal-resolution spiral scan mode for dual-source CT (DSCT) and evaluate its image quality and dose. Methods: With the use of two x-ray sources and two data acquisition systems, spiral CT exams having a nominal temporal resolution per image of up to one-quarter of the gantry rotation time can be acquired using pitch values up to 3.2. The scan field of view (SFOV) for this mode, however, is limited to the SFOV of the second detector as a maximum, depending on the pitch. Spatial and low contrast resolution, image uniformity and noise, CT number accuracy and linearity, and radiation dose were assessed using the ACR CT accreditation phantom, a 30 cm diameter cylindrical water phantom or a 32 cm diameter cylindrical PMMA CTDI phantom. Slice sensitivity profiles (SSPs) were measured for different nominal slice thicknesses, and an anthropomorphic phantom was used to assess image artifacts. Results were compared between single-source scans at pitch=1.0 and dual-source scans at pitch=3.2. In addition, image quality and temporal resolution of an ECG-triggered version of the DSCT high-pitch spiral scan mode were evaluated with a moving coronary artery phantom, and radiation dose was assessed in comparison with other existing cardiac scan techniques. Results: No significant differences in quantitative measures of image quality were found between single-source scans at pitch=1.0 and dual-source scans at pitch=3.2 for spatial and low contrast resolution, CT number accuracy and linearity, SSPs, image uniformity, and noise. The pitch value (1.6{<=}pitch{<=}3.2) had only a minor impact on radiation dose and image noise when the effective tube current time product (mA s/pitch) was kept constant. However, while not severe, artifacts were found to be more prevalent for the dual-source pitch=3.2 scan mode when structures varied markedly along the z axis, particularly for head scans. Images of the moving coronary artery phantom acquired with the ECG-triggered high-pitch scan mode were visually free from motion artifacts at heart rates of 60 and 70 bpm. However, image quality started to deteriorate for higher heart rates. At equivalent image quality, the ECG-triggered high-pitch scan mode demonstrated lower radiation dose than other cardiac scan techniques on the same DSCT equipment (25% and 60% dose reduction compared to ECG-triggered sequential step-and-shoot and ECG-gated spiral with x-ray pulsing). Conclusions: A high-pitch (up to pitch=3.2), high-temporal-resolution (up to 75 ms) dual-source CT scan mode produced equivalent image quality relative to single-source scans using a more typical pitch value (pitch=1.0). The resultant reduction in the overall acquisition time may offer clinical advantage for cardiovascular, trauma, and pediatric CT applications. In addition, ECG-triggered high-pitch scanning may be useful as an alternative to ECG-triggered sequential scanning for patients with low to moderate heart rates up to 70 bpm, with the potential to scan the heart within one heart beat at reduced radiation dose.

  17. IMPACT OF SUBJECTIVE DATASET ON THE PERFORMANCE OF IMAGE QUALITY METRICS

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    available, more- over, several subjective quality assessment databases are dis- tributed in order (including PSNR) tested on three image databases. We demonstrate that the performances of the quality metrics metrics for two distinct displays. Index Terms-- Image quality, Quality assessment, Sub- jective database

  18. Elasticity imaging of arterial wall with transcutaneous ultrasound both in longitudinal-axis and short-axis planes

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    Kanai, Hiroshi; Hasegawa, Hideyuki

    2001-05-01

    A method for measuring regional elasticity of tissue surrounding atherosclerotic plaque is described. An ultrasonic beam was scanned with a conventional linear-type probe, and multiple layers were preset from luminal surface to adventitia of the common carotid artery (CCA) with intervals of 375 ?m. By applying the method [IEEE Trans. UFFC 46, 1229-1241 (1999)], a minute decrease of several tenths of a micrometer in thickness of each layer resulting from arrival of the pressure wave was determined. By assuming that the arterial wall is incompressible and that the blood pressure is applied normal to each layer, the elastic modulus in the circumferential direction of each layer was estimated at intervals of 75 ?m in the radial direction and 150-300 ?m in longitudinal direction. On the other hand, by designing the directions of ultrasonic beams so that each beam always passes through the center of the artery, the cross-sectional elasticity image in the short-axis plane was also obtained. Based on the elasticity library determined by comparing the elasticity distribution and their pathological images, each point was statistically categorized as lipid, a mixture of smooth muscle and collagen fiber, or other. By applying the method to the CCAs, soft inclusion of lipid was found for plaques.

  19. Fractal Dimension Analysis of MDCT Images for Quantifying the Morphological Changes of the Pulmonary Artery Tree in Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension

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    Haitao, Sun; Ning, Li; Lijun, Guo; Fei, Gao

    2011-01-01

    Objective The aim of this study was to use fractal dimension (FD) analysis on multidetector CT (MDCT) images for quantifying the morphological changes of the pulmonary artery tree in patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH). Materials and Methods Fourteen patients with PH and 17 patients without PH as controls were studied. All of the patients underwent contrast-enhanced helical CT and transthoracic echocardiography. The pulmonary artery trees were generated using post-processing software, and the FD and projected image area of the pulmonary artery trees were determined with ImageJ software in a personal computer. The FD, the projected image area and the pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) were statistically evaluated in the two groups. Results The FD, the projected image area and the PAP of the patients with PH were higher than those values of the patients without PH (p < 0.05, t-test). There was a high correlation of FD with the PAP (r = 0.82, p < 0.05, partial correlation analysis). There was a moderate correlation of FD with the projected image area (r = 0.49, p < 0.05, partial correlation analysis). There was a correlation of the PAP with the projected image area (r = 0.65, p < 0.05, Pearson correlation analysis). Conclusion The FD of the pulmonary arteries in the PH patients was significantly higher than that of the controls. There is a high correlation of FD with the PAP. PMID:21603288

  20. Objective assessment of image quality. IV. Application to adaptive optics

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    Barrett, Harrison H.; Myers, Kyle J.; Devaney, Nicholas; Dainty, Christopher

    2006-12-01

    The methodology of objective assessment, which defines image quality in terms of the performance of specific observers on specific tasks of interest, is extended to temporal sequences of images with random point spread functions and applied to adaptive imaging in astronomy. The tasks considered include both detection and estimation, and the observers are the optimal linear discriminant (Hotelling observer) and the optimal linear estimator (Wiener). A general theory of first- and second-order spatiotemporal statistics in adaptive optics is developed. It is shown that the covariance matrix can be rigorously decomposed into three terms representing the effect of measurement noise, random point spread function, and random nature of the astronomical scene. Figures of merit are developed, and computational methods are discussed.

  1. Objective assessment of image quality. IV. Application to adaptive optics

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    Barrett, Harrison H.; Myers, Kyle J.; Devaney, Nicholas; Dainty, Christopher

    2008-01-01

    The methodology of objective assessment, which defines image quality in terms of the performance of specific observers on specific tasks of interest, is extended to temporal sequences of images with random point spread functions and applied to adaptive imaging in astronomy. The tasks considered include both detection and estimation, and the observers are the optimal linear discriminant (Hotelling observer) and the optimal linear estimator (Wiener). A general theory of first- and second-order spatiotemporal statistics in adaptive optics is developed. It is shown that the covariance matrix can be rigorously decomposed into three terms representing the effect of measurement noise, random point spread function, and random nature of the astronomical scene. Figures of merit are developed, and computational methods are discussed. PMID:17106464

  2. Imaging and quality assessment of high-harmonic focal spots.

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    Valentin, C; Douillet, D; Kazamias, S; Lefrou, Th; Grillon, G; Augé, F; Mullot, G; Balcou, Ph; Mercère, P; Zeitoun, Ph

    2003-06-15

    We present a direct method of studying the focusability of an intense, short-pulse extreme-ultraviolet (XUV) beam obtained by high-harmonic generation. We perform near-field imaging of the focal spot of five high-harmonic orders strongly focused by a broadband toroidal mirror. To visualize the focal spot directly, we image the fluorescence induced by an XUV beam on a cerium-doped YAG crystal on a visible CCD camera. We can thus measure the harmonic spot size on a single image, together with the Strehl ratio, to evaluate the quality of focusing. Such techniques should become instrumental in optimizing the focusing conditions and reaching intensities required for exploring attosecond nonlinear optics in the XUV range. PMID:12836775

  3. Improved CT image quality using a new fully physical imaging chain

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    Wiegert, Jens; Bertram, Matthias; Wiesner, Steffen; Thompson, Richard; Brown, Kevin M.; Morton, Thomas; Katchalski, Tsvi; Yagil, Yoad

    2010-04-01

    This paper describes the image quality improvements achieved by developing a new fully physical imaging chain. The key enablers for this imaging chain are a new scatter correction technique and an analytic computation of the beam hardening correction for each detector. The new scatter correction technique uses off-line Monte Carlo simulations to compute a large database of scatter kernels representative of a large variety of patient shapes and an on-line combination of those based on the attenuation profile of the patient in the measured projections. In addition, profiles of scatter originating from the wedge are estimated and subtracted. The beam hardening coefficients are computed using analytic simulations of the full beam path of each individual ray through the scanner. Due to the new approach, scatter and beam hardening are computed from first principles with no further tuning factors, and are thus straight forward to adapt to any patient and scan geometry. Using the new fully physical imaging chain unprecedented image quality was achieved. This is demonstrated with a special scatter phantom. With current image correction techniques this phantom typically shows position dependent inhomogeneity and streak artifacts resulting from the impact of scattered radiation. With the new imaging chain these artifacts are almost completely eliminated, independent of position and scanning mode (kV). Further preliminary patient studies show that in addition to fully guaranteeing an absolute Hounsfield scale in arbitrary imaging conditions, the new technique also strongly sharpens object boundaries such as the edges of the liver.

  4. Evaluation of scatter effects on image quality for breast tomosynthesis

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    Wu Gang; Mainprize, James G.; Boone, John M.; Yaffe, Martin J. [Imaging Research, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, S-657, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada) and Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada); Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada); Department of Radiology, X-ray Imaging Laboratory, U. C. Davis Medical Center, 4701 X Street, Sacramento, California 95817 and Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis, California 95616 (United States); Imaging Research, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, S-657, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada) and Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5 (Canada)

    2009-10-15

    Digital breast tomosynthesis uses a limited number (typically 10-20) of low-dose x-ray projections to produce a pseudo-three-dimensional volume tomographic reconstruction of the breast. The purpose of this investigation was to characterize and evaluate the effect of scattered radiation on the image quality for breast tomosynthesis. In a simulation, scatter point spread functions generated by a Monte Carlo simulation method were convolved over the breast projection to estimate the distribution of scatter for each angle of tomosynthesis projection. The results demonstrate that in the absence of scatter reduction techniques, images will be affected by cupping artifacts, and there will be reduced accuracy of attenuation values inferred from the reconstructed images. The effect of x-ray scatter on the contrast, noise, and lesion signal-difference-to-noise ratio (SDNR) in tomosynthesis reconstruction was measured as a function of the tumor size. When a with-scatter reconstruction was compared to one without scatter for a 5 cm compressed breast, the following results were observed. The contrast in the reconstructed central slice image of a tumorlike mass (14 mm in diameter) was reduced by 30%, the voxel value (inferred attenuation coefficient) was reduced by 28%, and the SDNR fell by 60%. The authors have quantified the degree to which scatter degrades the image quality over a wide range of parameters relevant to breast tomosynthesis, including x-ray beam energy, breast thickness, breast diameter, and breast composition. They also demonstrate, though, that even without a scatter rejection device, the contrast and SDNR in the reconstructed tomosynthesis slice are higher than those of conventional mammographic projection images acquired with a grid at an equivalent total exposure.

  5. Evaluation of scatter effects on image quality for breast tomosynthesis

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    Wu, Gang; Mainprize, James G.; Boone, John M.; Yaffe, Martin J.

    2009-01-01

    Digital breast tomosynthesis uses a limited number (typically 10–20) of low-dose x-ray projections to produce a pseudo-three-dimensional volume tomographic reconstruction of the breast. The purpose of this investigation was to characterize and evaluate the effect of scattered radiation on the image quality for breast tomosynthesis. In a simulation, scatter point spread functions generated by a Monte Carlo simulation method were convolved over the breast projection to estimate the distribution of scatter for each angle of tomosynthesis projection. The results demonstrate that in the absence of scatter reduction techniques, images will be affected by cupping artifacts, and there will be reduced accuracy of attenuation values inferred from the reconstructed images. The effect of x-ray scatter on the contrast, noise, and lesion signal-difference-to-noise ratio (SDNR) in tomosynthesis reconstruction was measured as a function of the tumor size. When a with-scatter reconstruction was compared to one without scatter for a 5 cm compressed breast, the following results were observed. The contrast in the reconstructed central slice image of a tumorlike mass (14 mm in diameter) was reduced by 30%, the voxel value (inferred attenuation coefficient) was reduced by 28%, and the SDNR fell by 60%. The authors have quantified the degree to which scatter degrades the image quality over a wide range of parameters relevant to breast tomosynthesis, including x-ray beam energy, breast thickness, breast diameter, and breast composition. They also demonstrate, though, that even without a scatter rejection device, the contrast and SDNR in the reconstructed tomosynthesis slice are higher than those of conventional mammographic projection images acquired with a grid at an equivalent total exposure. PMID:19928073

  6. High-Quality Computational Imaging Through Simple Lenses Felix Heide1

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    Heidrich, Wolfgang

    optical system, enabling the capture of high-quality imagery through poorly performing lenses. From leftHigh-Quality Computational Imaging Through Simple Lenses Felix Heide1 , Mushfiqur Rouf1 , Matthias next to the camera in the left image), unprocessed input image, deblurred result. Modern imaging optics

  7. Print quality detection of cigarette wrapper based on image processing and bp network

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    Zhengwei Zhu; Yuying Guo

    2008-01-01

    To resolve the problem of the print quality detection of cigarette wrapper online, the paper has proposed a method to detect and diagnose the print quality based on image processing and BP network. Using the feature parameters of the subtraction image between the detected print image and the standard template image, a BP network is applied to classify the prints

  8. Comparing distances for quality assessment of fused images C. Thomas & L. Wald

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Comparing distances for quality assessment of fused images C. Thomas & L. Wald Ecole des Mines de, image fusion, distances, quality budget ABSTRACT: This communication deals with the fusion of panchromatic (PAN) images of high spatial resolution and multispectral (MS) images of lower resolution in order

  9. Automated selection of major arteries and veins for measurement of arteriolar-to-venular diameter ratio on retinal fundus images.

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    Muramatsu, Chisako; Hatanaka, Yuji; Iwase, Tatsuhiko; Hara, Takeshi; Fujita, Hiroshi

    2011-09-01

    An automated method for measurement of arteriolar-to-venular diameter ratio (AVR) is presented. The method includes optic disc segmentation for the determination of the AVR measurement zone, retinal vessel segmentation, vessel classification into arteries and veins, selection of major vessel pairs, and measurement of AVRs. The sensitivity for the major vessels in the measurement zone was 87%, while 93% of them were classified correctly into arteries or veins. In 36 out of 40 vessel pairs, at least parts of the paired vessels were correctly identified. Although the average error in the AVRs with respect to those based on the manual vessel segmentation results was 0.11, the average error in vessel diameter was less than 1 pixel. The proposed method may be useful for objective evaluation of AVRs and has a potential for detecting focal arteriolar narrowing on macula-centered screening fundus images. PMID:21489750

  10. A hyperspectral imaging prototype for online quality evaluation of pickling cucumbers

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    A hyperspectral imaging prototype was developed for online evaluation of external and internal quality of pickling cucumbers. The prototype had several new, unique features including simultaneous reflectance and transmittance imaging and inline, real time calibration of hyperspectral images of each ...

  11. Characterization of image quality for 3D scatter-corrected breast CT images

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    Pachon, Jan H.; Shah, Jainil; Tornai, Martin P.

    2011-03-01

    The goal of this study was to characterize the image quality of our dedicated, quasi-monochromatic spectrum, cone beam breast imaging system under scatter corrected and non-scatter corrected conditions for a variety of breast compositions. CT projections were acquired of a breast phantom containing two concentric sets of acrylic spheres that varied in size (1-8mm) based on their polar position. The breast phantom was filled with 3 different concentrations of methanol and water, simulating a range of breast densities (0.79-1.0g/cc); acrylic yarn was sometimes included to simulate connective tissue of a breast. For each phantom condition, 2D scatter was measured for all projection angles. Scatter-corrected and uncorrected projections were then reconstructed with an iterative ordered subsets convex algorithm. Reconstructed image quality was characterized using SNR and contrast analysis, and followed by a human observer detection task for the spheres in the different concentric rings. Results show that scatter correction effectively reduces the cupping artifact and improves image contrast and SNR. Results from the observer study indicate that there was no statistical difference in the number or sizes of lesions observed in the scatter versus non-scatter corrected images for all densities. Nonetheless, applying scatter correction for differing breast conditions improves overall image quality.

  12. Transient left ventricular cavitary dilation during dipyridamole-thallium imaging as an indicator of severe coronary artery disease

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    Lette, J.; Lapointe, J.; Waters, D.; Cerino, M.; Picard, M.; Gagnon, A. (Maisonneuve Hospital, Montreal, Quebec (Canada))

    1990-11-15

    Transient left ventricular (LV) cavitary dilation during dipyridamole-thallium imaging was reported in 45 of 510 (9%) consecutive patients referred for dipyridamole-thallium imaging. Clinical and hemodynamic effects observed during dipyridamole infusion were not predictive of transient cavitary dilation on the thallium images. Coronary angiography was performed in 32 of the 45 patients: 75% had either left main, 3-vessel or high-risk 2-vessel coronary artery disease. Although 25 of 45 patients (56%) with transient cavitary dilation were either asymptomatic or had only grade 1/4 effort angina, 16 of 25 patients (64%) not referred for coronary revascularization sustained a cardiac event during a mean follow-up of 12 months. Most events were cardiac deaths (75%) and 87% of events occurred within 4 months of the test. Noncardiac surgery was performed in 187 of the 510 patients. The postoperative cardiac event rate was 2% in the 101 patients with normal scans or fixed defects, 19% in 75 patients with reversible perfusion defects and 58% in 12 patients with reversible cavitary dilation (p less than 0.0001). Thus, transient LV dilation during dipyridamole-thallium imaging is a marker of severe underlying coronary artery disease, denotes a poor prognosis and predicts a high risk of postoperative cardiac complications in patients who undergo noncardiac surgery.

  13. Coronary arteries

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    P. A. Wielopolski; R. J. M. van Geuns; P. J. de Feyter; M. Oudkerk

    2000-01-01

    .   Coronary angiography (CA) is presently considered the gold standard for the assessment of the coronary arteries. However,\\u000a the presence of ionizing radiation, its invasiveness and the small associated risk of morbidity prompted long ago the development\\u000a of more patient-friendly imaging modalities. A promising technique, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), has been regarded as\\u000a the major modality in the coming decade.

  14. Comparison of coronary risk factors and quality of life in coronary artery disease patients with versus without diabetes mellitus.

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    Pischke, Claudia R; Weidner, Gerdi; Elliott-Eller, Melanie; Scherwitz, Larry; Merritt-Worden, Terri A; Marlin, Ruth; Lipsenthal, Lee; Finkel, Robert; Saunders, Donald; McCormac, Patty; Scheer, Judith M; Collins, Richard E; Guarneri, Erminia M; Ornish, Dean

    2006-05-01

    It is unclear whether patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) and diabetes mellitus (DM) can make comprehensive lifestyle changes that produce similar changes in coronary risk factors and quality of life compared with patients with CAD and without DM. We examined medical characteristics, lifestyle, and quality of life by diabetic status and gender in the Multicenter Lifestyle Demonstration Project (MLDP), a study of 440 nonsmoking patients with CAD (347 men, 55 with DM; 15.9%; 93 women, 36 with DM; 38.7%). Patients met in groups to improve lifestyle (plant-based, low-fat diet; exercise; stress management) for 1 year. Follow-ups were conducted at 3 and 12 months. At baseline, body mass and systolic blood pressure were significantly higher among patients with DM. Men with DM had a worse medical history (e.g., hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and family history of CAD) than did those without DM. Patients with DM, especially women, reported poorer quality of life than did patients without DM. The 2 groups of patients were able to adhere to the recommended lifestyle, as demonstrated by significant improvements in weight (mean -5 kg), body fat, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, exercise capacity, and quality of life. No significant changes in triglycerides and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol were noted. By the end of 12 months, improvements in glucose-lowering medications (i.e., discontinuation or a change from insulin to oral hypoglycemic agents) were noted for 19.8% (n = 18) of patients with DM. In conclusion, patients with CAD and DM are able to follow a comprehensive lifestyle change program and show similar improvements in coronary risk factors and quality of life as those without DM. PMID:16635593

  15. Color image quality in projection displays: a case study

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    Strand, Monica; Hardeberg, Jon Y.; Nussbaum, Peter

    2004-10-01

    Recently the use of projection displays has increased dramatically in different applications such as digital cinema, home theatre, and business and educational presentations. Even if the color image quality of these devices has improved significantly over the years, it is still a common situation for users of projection displays that the projected colors differ significantly from the intended ones. This study presented in this paper attempts to analyze the color image quality of a large set of projection display devices, particularly investigating the variations in color reproduction. As a case study, a set of 14 projectors (LCD and DLP technology) at Gjøvik University College have been tested under four different conditions: dark and light room, with and without using an ICC-profile. To find out more about the importance of the illumination conditions in a room, and the degree of improvement when using an ICC-profile, the results from the measurements was processed and analyzed. Eye-One Beamer from GretagMacbeth was used to make the profiles. The color image quality was evaluated both visually and by color difference calculations. The results from the analysis indicated large visual and colorimetric differences between the projectors. Our DLP projectors have generally smaller color gamut than LCD projectors. The color gamuts of older projectors are significantly smaller than that of newer ones. The amount of ambient light reaching the screen is of great importance for the visual impression. If too much reflections and other ambient light reaches the screen, the projected image gets pale and has low contrast. When using a profile, the differences in colors between the projectors gets smaller and the colors appears more correct. For one device, the average ?E*ab color difference when compared to a relative white reference was reduced from 22 to 11, for another from 13 to 6. Blue colors have the largest variations among the projection displays and makes them therefore harder to predict.

  16. Color image quality in projection displays: a case study

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    Strand, Monica; Hardeberg, Jon Y.; Nussbaum, Peter

    2005-01-01

    Recently the use of projection displays has increased dramatically in different applications such as digital cinema, home theatre, and business and educational presentations. Even if the color image quality of these devices has improved significantly over the years, it is still a common situation for users of projection displays that the projected colors differ significantly from the intended ones. This study presented in this paper attempts to analyze the color image quality of a large set of projection display devices, particularly investigating the variations in color reproduction. As a case study, a set of 14 projectors (LCD and DLP technology) at Gjovik University College have been tested under four different conditions: dark and light room, with and without using an ICC-profile. To find out more about the importance of the illumination conditions in a room, and the degree of improvement when using an ICC-profile, the results from the measurements was processed and analyzed. Eye-One Beamer from GretagMacbeth was used to make the profiles. The color image quality was evaluated both visually and by color difference calculations. The results from the analysis indicated large visual and colorimetric differences between the projectors. Our DLP projectors have generally smaller color gamut than LCD projectors. The color gamuts of older projectors are significantly smaller than that of newer ones. The amount of ambient light reaching the screen is of great importance for the visual impression. If too much reflections and other ambient light reaches the screen, the projected image gets pale and has low contrast. When using a profile, the differences in colors between the projectors gets smaller and the colors appears more correct. For one device, the average ?E*ab color difference when compared to a relative white reference was reduced from 22 to 11, for another from 13 to 6. Blue colors have the largest variations among the projection displays and makes them therefore harder to predict.

  17. Image Quality of the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) Onboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO)

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    Wachter, R.; Schou, Jesper; Rabello-Soares, M. C.; Miles, J. W.; Duvall, T. L., Jr.; Bush, R. I.

    2011-01-01

    We describe the imaging quality of the Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager (HMI) onboard the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) as measured during the ground calibration of the instrument. We describe the calibration techniques and report our results for the final configuration of HMI. We present the distortion, modulation transfer function, stray light,image shifts introduced by moving parts of the instrument, best focus, field curvature, and the relative alignment of the two cameras. We investigate the gain and linearity of the cameras, and present the measured flat field.

  18. Approaches for improving image quality in magnetic induction tomography.

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    Maimaitijiang, Y; Roula, M A; Kahlert, J

    2010-08-01

    Magnetic induction tomography (MIT) is a contactless and non-invasive method for imaging the passive electrical properties of objects. Measuring the weak signal produced by eddy currents within biological soft tissues can be challenging in the presence of noise and the large signals resulting from the direct excitation-detection coil coupling. To detect haemorrhagic stroke in the brain, for instance, high measurement accuracy is required to enable images with enough contrast to differentiate between normal and haemorrhaged brain tissues. The reconstructed images are often very sensitive to inevitable measurement noise from the environment, system instabilities and patient-related artefacts such as movement and sweating. We propose methods for mitigating signal noise and improving image reconstruction. We evaluated and compared the use of a range wavelet transforms for signal denoising. Adaptive regularization methods including L-curve, generalized cross validation (GCV) and noise estimation were also compared. We evaluated all these described methods with measurements of in vitro tissues resembling a peripheral haemorrhagic cerebral stroke created by placing a bio-membrane package filled with 10 ml blood in a swine brain of 100 ml. We show that wavelet packet denoising combined with adaptive regularization can improve the quality of reconstructed images. PMID:20647611

  19. Relations between local and global perceptual image quality and visual masking

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    Alam, Md Mushfiqul; Patil, Pranita; Hagan, Martin T.; Chandler, Damon M.

    2015-03-01

    Perceptual quality assessment of digital images and videos are important for various image-processing applications. For assessing the image quality, researchers have often used the idea of visual masking (or distortion visibility) to design image-quality predictors specifically for the near-threshold distortions. However, it is still unknown that while assessing the quality of natural images, how the local distortion visibilities relate with the local quality scores. Furthermore, the summing mechanism of the local quality scores to predict the global quality scores is also crucial for better prediction of the perceptual image quality. In this paper, the local and global qualities of six images and six distortion levels were measured using subjective experiments. Gabor-noise target was used as distortion in the quality-assessment experiments to be consistent with our previous study [Alam, Vilankar, Field, and Chandler, Journal of Vision, 2014], in which the local root-mean-square contrast detection thresholds of detecting the Gabor-noise target were measured at each spatial location of the undistorted images. Comparison of the results of this quality-assessment experiment and the previous detection experiment shows that masking predicted the local quality scores more than 95% correctly above 15 dB threshold within 5% subject scores. Furthermore, it was found that an approximate squared summation of local-quality scores predicted the global quality scores suitably (Spearman rank-order correlation 0:97).

  20. Decision theory applied to image quality control in radiology

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    Lessa, Patrícia S; Caous, Cristofer A; Arantes, Paula R; Amaro, Edson; de Souza, Fernando M Campello

    2008-01-01

    Background The present work aims at the application of the decision theory to radiological image quality control (QC) in diagnostic routine. The main problem addressed in the framework of decision theory is to accept or reject a film lot of a radiology service. The probability of each decision of a determined set of variables was obtained from the selected films. Methods Based on a radiology service routine a decision probability function was determined for each considered group of combination characteristics. These characteristics were related to the film quality control. These parameters were also framed in a set of 8 possibilities, resulting in 256 possible decision rules. In order to determine a general utility application function to access the decision risk, we have used a simple unique parameter called r. The payoffs chosen were: diagnostic's result (correct/incorrect), cost (high/low), and patient satisfaction (yes/no) resulting in eight possible combinations. Results Depending on the value of r, more or less risk will occur related to the decision-making. The utility function was evaluated in order to determine the probability of a decision. The decision was made with patients or administrators' opinions from a radiology service center. Conclusion The model is a formal quantitative approach to make a decision related to the medical imaging quality, providing an instrument to discriminate what is really necessary to accept or reject a film or a film lot. The method presented herein can help to access the risk level of an incorrect radiological diagnosis decision. PMID:19014545

  1. Frame-rate analysis of arterial blood flow in human and rat using laser speckle image sensing

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    Yokoi, Naomichi; Sato, Junki; Shimatani, Yuichi; Kyoso, Masaki; Funamizu, Hideki; Aizu, Yoshihisa

    2014-05-01

    In imaging of blood flow by means of a laser speckle technique, we have proposed so far an estimation parameter based on the spatial contrast of speckle patterns observed for the blood flow in skin tissue and a blood vessel. This parameter enable us to image a relative blood flow distribution from a single speckle pattern, thus, it analyzes the blood flow with a frame-rate of an imaging device used. In this study, we investigated availability of this parameter for detecting changes in arterial blood flow caused by medication and cold stimulation to the skin tissue. Experiments were conducted for an anesthetized rat and a human wrist to confirm the feasibility of the present parameter.

  2. Image quality evaluation of breast tomosynthesis with synchrotron radiation

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    Malliori, A.; Bliznakova, K.; Speller, R. D.; Horrocks, J. A.; Rigon, L.; Tromba, G.; Pallikarakis, N. [Department of Medical Physics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Patras, Patras 26500 (Greece); Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering, University College London, London WVC1E 6BT (United Kingdom); Clinical Physics CAU, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London EC1A 7BE (United Kingdom); INFN, Sezione di Trieste, Trieste 34127 (Italy); ELETTRA, Basovizza, Trieste 34012 (Italy); Department of Medical Physics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Patras, Patras 26500 (Greece)

    2012-09-15

    Purpose: This study investigates the image quality of tomosynthesis slices obtained from several acquisition sets with synchrotron radiation using a breast phantom incorporating details that mimic various breast lesions, in a heterogeneous background. Methods: A complex Breast phantom (MAMMAX) with a heterogeneous background and thickness that corresponds to 4.5 cm compressed breast with an average composition of 50% adipose and 50% glandular tissue was assembled using two commercial phantoms. Projection images using acquisition arcs of 24 Degree-Sign , 32 Degree-Sign , 40 Degree-Sign , 48 Degree-Sign , and 56 Degree-Sign at incident energy of 17 keV were obtained from the phantom with the synchrotron radiation for medical physics beamline at ELETTRA Synchrotron Light Laboratory. The total mean glandular dose was set equal to 2.5 mGy. Tomograms were reconstructed with simple multiple projection algorithm (MPA) and filtered MPA. In the latter case, a median filter, a sinc filter, and a combination of those two filters were applied on the experimental data prior to MPA reconstruction. Visual inspection, contrast to noise ratio, contrast, and artifact spread function were the figures of merit used in the evaluation of the visualisation and detection of low- and high-contrast breast features, as a function of the reconstruction algorithm and acquisition arc. To study the benefits of using monochromatic beams, single projection images at incident energies ranging from 14 to 27 keV were acquired with the same phantom and weighted to synthesize polychromatic images at a typical incident x-ray spectrum with W target. Results: Filters were optimised to reconstruct features with different attenuation characteristics and dimensions. In the case of 6 mm low-contrast details, improved visual appearance as well as higher contrast to noise ratio and contrast values were observed for the two filtered MPA algorithms that exploit the sinc filter. These features are better visualized at extended arc length, as the acquisition arc of 56 Degree-Sign with 15 projection images demonstrates the highest image reconstruction quality. For microcalcifications, filtered MPA implemented with a combination of median and sinc filters indicates better feature appearance due to efficient suppression of background tissue. The image quality of these features is less sensitive to the acquisition arc. Calcifications with size ranging from 170 to 500 {mu}m, like the ones presently studied, are well identified and visualized for all arcs used. The comparison of single projection images obtained under different beam conditions showed that the use of monochromatic beam can produce an image with higher contrast and contrast to noise ratio compared to an image corresponding to a polychromatic beam even when the latter is acquired with double incident exposure. Conclusions: Filter optimization in respect to the type of feature characteristics is important before the reconstruction. The MPA combined with median and sinc filters results in improved reconstruction of microcalcifications and low-contrast features. The latter are better visualized at extended arc length, while microcalcifications are less sensitive to this acquisition parameter. Use of monochromatic beams may result in tomographic images with higher contrast acquired at lower incident exposures.

  3. Patient dose and image quality from mega-voltage cone beam computed tomography imaging

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    Gayou, Olivier; Parda, David S.; Johnson, Mark; Miften, Moyed [Department of Radiation Oncology, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212 and Drexel University College of Medicine, Allegheny Campus, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212 (United States)

    2007-02-15

    The evolution of ever more conformal radiation delivery techniques makes the subject of accurate localization of increasing importance in radiotherapy. Several systems can be utilized including kilo-voltage and mega-voltage cone-beam computed tomography (MV-CBCT), CT on rail or helical tomography. One of the attractive aspects of mega-voltage cone-beam CT is that it uses the therapy beam along with an electronic portal imaging device to image the patient prior to the delivery of treatment. However, the use of a photon beam energy in the mega-voltage range for volumetric imaging degrades the image quality and increases the patient radiation dose. To optimize image quality and patient dose in MV-CBCT imaging procedures, a series of dose measurements in cylindrical and anthropomorphic phantoms using an ionization chamber, radiographic films, and thermoluminescent dosimeters was performed. Furthermore, the dependence of the contrast to noise ratio and spatial resolution of the image upon the dose delivered for a 20-cm-diam cylindrical phantom was evaluated. Depending on the anatomical site and patient thickness, we found that the minimum dose deposited in the irradiated volume was 5-9 cGy and the maximum dose was between 9 and 17 cGy for our clinical MV-CBCT imaging protocols. Results also demonstrated that for high contrast areas such as bony anatomy, low doses are sufficient for image registration and visualization of the three-dimensional boundaries between soft tissue and bony structures. However, as the difference in tissue density decreased, the dose required to identify soft tissue boundaries increased. Finally, the dose delivered by MV-CBCT was simulated using a treatment planning system (TPS), thereby allowing the incorporation of MV-CBCT dose in the treatment planning process. The TPS-calculated doses agreed well with measurements for a wide range of imaging protocols.

  4. How does image noise affect actual and predicted human gaze allocation in assessing image quality?

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    Röhrbein, Florian; Goddard, Peter; Schneider, Michael; James, Georgina; Guo, Kun

    2015-07-01

    A central research question in natural vision is how to allocate fixation to extract informative cues for scene perception. With high quality images, psychological and computational studies have made significant progress to understand and predict human gaze allocation in scene exploration. However, it is unclear whether these findings can be generalised to degraded naturalistic visual inputs. In this eye-tracking and computational study, we methodically distorted both man-made and natural scenes with Gaussian low-pass filter, circular averaging filter and Additive Gaussian white noise, and monitored participants' gaze behaviour in assessing perceived image qualities. Compared with original high quality images, distorted images attracted fewer numbers of fixations but longer fixation durations, shorter saccade distance and stronger central fixation bias. This impact of image noise manipulation on gaze distribution was mainly determined by noise intensity rather than noise type, and was more pronounced for natural scenes than for man-made scenes. We furthered compared four high performing visual attention models in predicting human gaze allocation in degraded scenes, and found that model performance lacked human-like sensitivity to noise type and intensity, and was considerably worse than human performance measured as inter-observer variance. Furthermore, the central fixation bias is a major predictor for human gaze allocation, which becomes more prominent with increased noise intensity. Our results indicate a crucial role of external noise intensity in determining scene-viewing gaze behaviour, which should be considered in the development of realistic human-vision-inspired attention models. PMID:25982711

  5. Computerized method for evaluating diagnostic image quality of calcified plaque images in cardiac CT: Validation on a physical dynamic cardiac phantom

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    King, Martin; Rodgers, Zachary; Giger, Maryellen L.; Bardo, Dianna M. E.; Patel, Amit R. [Department of Radiology, Committee on Medical Physics, University of Chicago, 5841 South Maryland Avenue, MC 2026, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States); Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Oregon Health and Science University, 3181 Southwest Sam Jackson Park Road, Portland, Oregon 97239 (United States); Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, 5841 South Maryland Avenue, MC 5084, Chicago, Illinois 60637 (United States)

    2010-11-15

    Purpose: In cardiac computed tomography (CT), important clinical indices, such as the coronary calcium score and the percentage of coronary artery stenosis, are often adversely affected by motion artifacts. As a result, the expert observer must decide whether or not to use these indices during image interpretation. Computerized methods potentially can be used to assist in these decisions. In a previous study, an artificial neural network (ANN) regression model provided assessability (image quality) indices of calcified plaque images from the software NCAT phantom that were highly agreeable with those provided by expert observers. The method predicted assessability indices based on computer-extracted features of the plaque. In the current study, the ANN-predicted assessability indices were used to identify calcified plaque images with diagnostic calcium scores (based on mass) from a physical dynamic cardiac phantom. The basic assumption was that better quality images were associated with more accurate calcium scores. Methods: A 64-channel CT scanner was used to obtain 500 calcified plaque images from a physical dynamic cardiac phantom at different heart rates, cardiac phases, and plaque locations. Two expert observers independently provided separate sets of assessability indices for each of these images. Separate sets of ANN-predicted assessability indices tailored to each observer were then generated within the framework of a bootstrap resampling scheme. For each resampling iteration, the absolute calcium score error between the calcium scores of the motion-contaminated plaque image and its corresponding stationary image served as the ground truth in terms of indicating images with diagnostic calcium scores. The performances of the ANN-predicted and observer-assigned indices in identifying images with diagnostic calcium scores were then evaluated using ROC analysis. Results: Assessability indices provided by the first observer and the corresponding ANN performed similarly (AUC{sub OBS1}=0.80 [0.73,0.86] vs AUC{sub ANN1}=0.88 [0.82,0.92]) as that of the second observer and the corresponding ANN (AUC{sub OBS2}=0.87 [0.83,0.91] vs AUC{sub ANN2}=0.90 [0.85,0.94]). Moreover, the ANN-predicted indices were generated in a fraction of the time required to obtain the observer-assigned indices. Conclusions: ANN-predicted assessability indices performed similar to observer-assigned assessability indices in identifying images with diagnostic calcium scores from the physical dynamic cardiac phantom. The results of this study demonstrate the potential of using computerized methods for identifying images with diagnostic clinical indices in cardiac CT images.

  6. Segmentation of the lumen and media-adventitia boundaries of the common carotid artery from 3D ultrasound images

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    Ukwatta, E.; Awad, J.; Ward, A. D.; Samarabandu, J.; Krasinski, A.; Parraga, G.; Fenster, A.

    2011-03-01

    Three-dimensional ultrasound (3D US) vessel wall volume (VWV) measurements provide high measurement sensitivity and reproducibility for the monitoring and assessment of carotid atherosclerosis. In this paper, we describe a semiautomated approach based on the level set method to delineate the media-adventitia and lumen boundaries of the common carotid artery from 3D US images to support the computation of VWV. Due to the presence of plaque and US image artifacts, the carotid arteries are challenging to segment using image information alone. Our segmentation framework combines several image cues with domain knowledge and limited user interaction. Our method was evaluated with respect to manually outlined boundaries on 430 2D US images extracted from 3D US images of 30 patients who have carotid stenosis of 60% or more. The VWV given by our method differed from that given by manual segmentation by 6.7% +/- 5.0%. For the media-adventitia and lumen segmentations, respectively, our method yielded Dice coefficients of 95.2% +/- 1.6%, 94.3% +/- 2.6%, mean absolute distances of 0.3 +/- 0.1 mm, 0.2 +/- 0.1 mm, maximum absolute distances of 0.8 +/- 0.4 mm, 0.6 +/- 0.3 mm, and volume differences of 4.2% +/- 3.1%, 3.4% +/- 2.6%. The realization of a semi-automated segmentation method will accelerate the translation of 3D carotid US to clinical care for the rapid, non-invasive, and economical monitoring of atherosclerotic disease progression and regression during therapy.

  7. Comprehensive model for predicting perceptual image quality of smart mobile devices.

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    Gong, Rui; Xu, Haisong; Luo, M R; Li, Haifeng

    2015-01-01

    An image quality model for smart mobile devices was proposed based on visual assessments of several image quality attributes. A series of psychophysical experiments were carried out on two kinds of smart mobile devices, i.e., smart phones and tablet computers, in which naturalness, colorfulness, brightness, contrast, sharpness, clearness, and overall image quality were visually evaluated under three lighting environments via categorical judgment method for various application types of test images. On the basis of Pearson correlation coefficients and factor analysis, the overall image quality could first be predicted by its two constituent attributes with multiple linear regression functions for different types of images, respectively, and then the mathematical expressions were built to link the constituent image quality attributes with the physical parameters of smart mobile devices and image appearance factors. The procedure and algorithms were applicable to various smart mobile devices, different lighting conditions, and multiple types of images, and performance was verified by the visual data. PMID:25967010

  8. Three dimensional level set based semiautomatic segmentation of atherosclerotic carotid artery wall volume using 3D ultrasound imaging

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    Hossain, Md. Murad; AlMuhanna, Khalid; Zhao, Limin; Lal, Brajesh K.; Sikdar, Siddhartha

    2014-03-01

    3D segmentation of carotid plaque from ultrasound (US) images is challenging due to image artifacts and poor boundary definition. Semiautomatic segmentation algorithms for calculating vessel wall volume (VWV) have been proposed for the common carotid artery (CCA) but they have not been applied on plaques in the internal carotid artery (ICA). In this work, we describe a 3D segmentation algorithm that is robust to shadowing and missing boundaries. Our algorithm uses distance regularized level set method with edge and region based energy to segment the adventitial wall boundary (AWB) and lumen-intima boundary (LIB) of plaques in the CCA, ICA and external carotid artery (ECA). The algorithm is initialized by manually placing points on the boundary of a subset of transverse slices with an interslice distance of 4mm. We propose a novel user defined stopping surface based energy to prevent leaking of evolving surface across poorly defined boundaries. Validation was performed against manual segmentation using 3D US volumes acquired from five asymptomatic patients with carotid stenosis using a linear 4D probe. A pseudo gold-standard boundary was formed from manual segmentation by three observers. The Dice similarity coefficient (DSC), Hausdor distance (HD) and modified HD (MHD) were used to compare the algorithm results against the pseudo gold-standard on 1205 cross sectional slices of 5 3D US image sets. The algorithm showed good agreement with the pseudo gold standard boundary with mean DSC of 93.3% (AWB) and 89.82% (LIB); mean MHD of 0.34 mm (AWB) and 0.24 mm (LIB); mean HD of 1.27 mm (AWB) and 0.72 mm (LIB). The proposed 3D semiautomatic segmentation is the first step towards full characterization of 3D plaque progression and longitudinal monitoring.

  9. Impact of diabetes on the risk stratification using stress single-photon emission computed tomography myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with symptoms suggestive of coronary artery disease

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    Satyendra Giri; Leslee J. Shaw; Dakshina R. Murthy

    2002-01-01

    Background—Coronary artery disease can develop prematurely and is the leading cause of death among diabetics, making noninvasive risk stratification desirable. Methods and Results—Patients with symptoms of coronary artery disease who were undergoing stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) from 5 centers were prospectively followed (2.51.5 years) for the subsequent occurrence of cardiac death, myocardial infarction (MI), and revascularization. Stress MPI results

  10. Needle-shape quality control by shadowgraphic image processing

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    Mairesse, Fabrice; Sliwa, Tadeusz M.; Roy, Michaël; Voisin, Yvon

    2011-02-01

    We propose a needle-shape quality-control method. To this end, we have devised a new acquisition system that combines a camera and a backlight. Needle measurements are carried out at a micrometric scale using shadowgraphic image processing. Our method not only distinguishes good needles from bad ones, but also allows classifying flawed needles into various categories of defects. This classification is important because some categories of defects can affect the entire production, whereas others do not. The results of our needle-shape quality-control method are validated using real samples directly off the manufacturing line. Needles are correctly classified at >97%, and accurate measurements on global shape characteristics such as straightness and sharpness are obtained.

  11. Assessment of Wall Shear Stress Changes in Arteries and Veins of Arteriovenous Polytetrafluoroethylene Grafts Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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    Misra, Sanjay, E-mail: Misra.sanjay@mayo.edu; Woodrum, David A. [Mayo Clinic, Department of Radiology (United States); Homburger, Jay [Medical College of Georgia, Department of Vascular Surgery (United States); Elkouri, Stephane [Centre Hospitalier de I'Universite de Montreal, Department of Vascular Surgery (Canada); Mandrekar, Jayawant N. [Mayo Clinic, Division of Biostatistics (United States); Barocas, Victor [University of Minnesota, Department of Biomedical Engineering (United States); Glockner, James F. [Mayo Clinic, Department of Radiology (United States); Rajan, Dheeraj K. [Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network, Department of Medical Imaging, Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (Canada); Mukhopadhyay, Debabrata [Mayo Clinic, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (United States)

    2006-08-15

    The purpose of the study was to determine simultaneously the temporal changes in luminal vessel area, blood flow, and wall shear stress (WSS) in both the anastomosed artery (AA) and vein (AV) of arteriovenous polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) grafts. PTFE grafts were placed from the iliac artery to the ipsilateral iliac vein in 12 castrated juvenile male pigs. Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiograpgy with cine phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging was performed. Luminal vessel area, blood flow, and WSS in the aorta, AA, AV, and inferior vena cava were determined at 3 days (D3), 7 days (D7), and 14 days (D14) after graft placement. Elastin von Gieson staining of the AV was performed. The average WSS of the AA was highest at D3 and then decreased by D7 and D14. In contrast, the average WSS and intima-to-media ratio of the AV increased from D3 to D7 and peaked by D14. Similarly, the average area of the AA was highest by D7 and began to approximate the control artery by D14. The average area of the AV had decreased to its lowest by D7. High blood flows through the AA causes a decrease in average WSS and increase in the average luminal vessel area, whereas at the AV, the average WSS and intima-to-media ratio both increase while the average luminal vessel area decreases.

  12. SAR image quality effects of damped phase and amplitude errors

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    Zelenka, Jerry S.; Falk, Thomas

    The effects of damped multiplicative, amplitude, or phase errors on the image quality of synthetic-aperture radar systems are considered. These types of errors can result from aircraft maneuvers or the mechanical steering of an antenna. The proper treatment of damped multiplicative errors can lead to related design specifications and possibly an enhanced collection capability. Only small, high-frequency errors are considered. Expressions for the average intensity and energy associated with a damped multiplicative error are presented and used to derive graphic results. A typical example is used to show how to apply the results of this effort.

  13. Influence of void on image quality of industrial SPECT

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    Park, J. G.; Jung, S. H.; Kim, J. B.; Moon, J.; Kim, C. H.

    2013-12-01

    Industrial single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is a promising technique to determine the dynamic behavior of industrial process media and has been developed in the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute. The present study evaluated the influence of a void, which is presence in multiphase reactors of industrial process, on the image quality of an industrial SPECT. The results are very encouraging; that is, the performance of the industrial SPECT system is little influenced by the presence of a void, which means that industrial SPECT is an appropriate tool to estimate the dynamic characteristics of the process media in a water-air phase bubble column with a static gas sparger.

  14. Assessment of image quality in x-ray radiography imaging using a small plasma focus device

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    Kanani, A.; Shirani, B.; Jabbari, I.; Mokhtari, J.

    2014-08-01

    This paper offers a comprehensive investigation of image quality parameters for a small plasma focus as a pulsed hard x-ray source for radiography applications. A set of images were captured from some metal objects and electronic circuits using a low energy plasma focus at different voltages of capacitor bank and different pressures of argon gas. The x-ray source focal spot of this device was obtained to be about 0.6 mm using the penumbra imaging method. The image quality was studied by several parameters such as image contrast, line spread function (LSF) and modulation transfer function (MTF). Results showed that the contrast changes by variations in gas pressure. The best contrast was obtained at a pressure of 0.5 mbar and 3.75 kJ stored energy. The results of x-ray dose from the device showed that about 0.6 mGy is sufficient to obtain acceptable images on the film. The measurements of LSF and MTF parameters were carried out by means of a thin stainless steel wire 0.8 mm in diameter and the cut-off frequency was obtained to be about 1.5 cycles/mm.

  15. Image quality of a cone beam O-arm 3D imaging system

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    Zhang, Jie; Weir, Victor; Lin, Jingying; Hsiung, Hsiang; Ritenour, E. Russell

    2009-02-01

    The O-arm is a cone beam imaging system designed primarily to support orthopedic surgery and is also used for image-guided and vascular surgery. Using a gantry that can be opened or closed, the O-arm can function as a 2-dimensional (2D) fluoroscopy device or collect 3-dimensional (3D) volumetric imaging data like a CT system. Clinical applications of the O-arm in spine surgical procedures, assessment of pedicle screw position, and kyphoplasty procedures show that the O-arm 3D mode provides enhanced imaging information compared to radiographs or fluoroscopy alone. In this study, the image quality of an O-arm system was quantitatively evaluated. A 20 cm diameter CATPHAN 424 phantom was scanned using the pre-programmed head protocols: small/medium (120 kVp, 100 mAs), large (120 kVp, 128 mAs), and extra-large (120 kVp, 160 mAs) in 3D mode. High resolution reconstruction mode (512×512×0.83 mm) was used to reconstruct images for the analysis of low and high contrast resolution, and noise power spectrum. MTF was measured using the point spread function. The results show that the O-arm image is uniform but with a noise pattern which cannot be removed by simply increasing the mAs. The high contrast resolution of the O-arm system was approximately 9 lp/cm. The system has a 10% MTF at 0.45 mm. The low-contrast resolution cannot be decided due to the noise pattern. For surgery where locations of a structure are emphasized over a survey of all image details, the image quality of the O-arm is well accepted clinically.

  16. Hybrid no-reference natural image quality assessment of noisy, blurry, JPEG2000, and JPEG images.

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    Shen, Ji; Li, Qin; Erlebacher, Gordon

    2011-08-01

    In this paper, we propose a new image quality assessment method based on a hybrid of curvelet, wavelet, and cosine transforms called hybrid no-reference (HNR) model. From the properties of natural scene statistics, the peak coordinates of the transformed coefficient histogram of filtered natural images occupy well-defined clusters in peak coordinate space, which makes NR possible. Compared to other methods, HNR has three benefits: 1) It is an NR method applicable to arbitrary images without compromising the prediction accuracy of full-reference methods; 2) as far as we know, it is the only general NR method well suited for four types of filters: noise, blur, JPEG2000, and JPEG compression; and 3) it can classify the filter types of the image and predict filter levels even when the image is results from the application of two different filters. We tested HNR on very intensive video image database (our image library) and Laboratory for Image & Video Engineering (a public library). Results are compared to the state-of-the-art methods including peak SNR, structural similarity, visual information fidelity, and so on. PMID:21278018

  17. Improved quality of life among patients with symptomatic carotid artery disease undergoing carotid endarterectomy

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    Alan Dardik; Julia Minor; Christopher Watson; Linda J. Hands

    2001-01-01

    Background: Few studies have examined how carotid endarterectomy affects patients' view of their quality of life. Methods: Patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy from January 1996 to March 1997 at the John Radcliffe Hospital completed the United Kingdom Short Form 36 (SF-36) Health Survey Questionnaire before undergoing the procedure and again at 3 months afterward. Scores were compared with population normal values.

  18. Characterizing image quality in a scanning laser ophthalmoscope with differing pinholes and induced scattered light

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    Hunter, Jennifer J.; Cookson, Christopher J.; Kisilak, Marsha L.; Bueno, Juan M.; Campbell, Melanie C. W.

    2007-05-01

    We quantify the effects on scanning laser ophthalmoscope image quality of controlled amounts of scattered light, confocal pinhole diameter, and age. Optical volumes through the optic nerve head were recorded for a range of pinhole sizes in 12 subjects (19-64 years). The usefulness of various overall metrics in quantifying the changes in fundus image quality is assessed. For registered and averaged images, we calculated signal-to-noise ratio, entropy, and acutance. Entropy was best able to distinguish differing image quality. The optimum confocal pinhole diameter was found to be 50 ?m (on the retina), providing improved axial resolution and image quality under all conditions.

  19. Measuring saliency in images: which experimental parameters for the assessment of image quality?

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    Fredembach, Clement; Woolfe, Geoff; Wang, Jue

    2012-01-01

    Predicting which areas of an image are perceptually salient or attended to has become an essential pre-requisite of many computer vision applications. Because observers are notoriously unreliable in remembering where they look a posteriori, and because asking where they look while observing the image necessarily in uences the results, ground truth about saliency and visual attention has to be obtained by gaze tracking methods. From the early work of Buswell and Yarbus to the most recent forays in computer vision there has been, perhaps unfortunately, little agreement on standardisation of eye tracking protocols for measuring visual attention. As the number of parameters involved in experimental methodology can be large, their individual in uence on the nal results is not well understood. Consequently, the performance of saliency algorithms, when assessed by correlation techniques, varies greatly across the literature. In this paper, we concern ourselves with the problem of image quality. Specically: where people look when judging images. We show that in this case, the performance gap between existing saliency prediction algorithms and experimental results is signicantly larger than otherwise reported. To understand this discrepancy, we rst devise an experimental protocol that is adapted to the task of measuring image quality. In a second step, we compare our experimental parameters with the ones of existing methods and show that a lot of the variability can directly be ascribed to these dierences in experimental methodology and choice of variables. In particular, the choice of a task, e.g., judging image quality vs. free viewing, has a great impact on measured saliency maps, suggesting that even for a mildly cognitive task, ground truth obtained by free viewing does not adapt well. Careful analysis of the prior art also reveals that systematic bias can occur depending on instrumental calibration and the choice of test images. We conclude this work by proposing a set of parameters, tasks and images that can be used to compare the various saliency prediction methods in a manner that is meaningful for image quality assessment.

  20. Image quality degradation and retrieval errors introduced by registration and interpolation of multispectral digital images

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    Henderson, B.G.; Borel, C.C.; Theiler, J.P.; Smith, B.W.

    1996-04-01

    Full utilization of multispectral data acquired by whiskbroom and pushbroom imagers requires that the individual channels be registered accurately. Poor registration introduces errors which can be significant, especially in high contrast areas such as boundaries between regions. We simulate the acquisition of multispectral imagery in order to estimate the errors that are introduced by co-registration of different channels and interpolation within the images. We compute the Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) and image quality degradation brought about by fractional pixel shifting and calculate errors in retrieved quantities (surface temperature and water vapor) that occur as a result of interpolation. We also present a method which might be used to estimate sensor platform motion for accurate registration of images acquired by a pushbroom scanner.

  1. Virtual monochromatic imaging in dual-source dual-energy CT: Radiation dose and image quality

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    Yu Lifeng; Christner, Jodie A.; Leng Shuai; Wang Jia; Fletcher, Joel G.; McCollough, Cynthia H. [Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota 55905 (United States)

    2011-12-15

    Purpose: To evaluate the image quality of virtual monochromatic images synthesized from dual-source dual-energy computed tomography (CT) in comparison with conventional polychromatic single-energy CT for the same radiation dose. Methods: In dual-energy CT, besides the material-specific information, one may also synthesize monochromatic images at different energies, which can be used for routine diagnosis similar to conventional polychromatic single-energy images. In this work, the authors assessed whether virtual monochromatic images generated from dual-source CT scanners had an image quality similar to that of polychromatic single-energy images for the same radiation dose. First, the authors provided a theoretical analysis of the optimal monochromatic energy for either the minimum noise level or the highest iodine contrast to noise ratio (CNR) for a given patient size and dose partitioning between the low- and high-energy scans. Second, the authors performed an experimental study on a dual-source CT scanner to evaluate the noise and iodine CNR in monochromatic images. A thoracic phantom with three sizes of attenuating rings was used to represent four adult sizes. For each phantom size, three dose partitionings between the low-energy (80 kV) and the high-energy (140 kV) scans were used in the dual-energy scan. Monochromatic images at eight energies (40 to 110 keV) were generated for each scan. Phantoms were also scanned at each of the four polychromatic single energy (80, 100, 120, and 140 kV) with the same radiation dose. Results: The optimal virtual monochromatic energy depends on several factors: phantom size, partitioning of the radiation dose between low- and high-energy scans, and the image quality metrics to be optimized. With the increase of phantom size, the optimal monochromatic energy increased. With the increased percentage of radiation dose on the low energy scan, the optimal monochromatic energy decreased. When maximizing the iodine CNR in monochromatic images, the optimal energy was lower than that when minimizing noise level. When the total radiation dose was equally distributed between low and high energy in dual-energy scans, for minimum noise, the optimal energies were 68, 71, 74, and 77 keV for small, medium, large, and extra-large (xlarge) phantoms, respectively; for maximum iodine CNR, the optimal energies were 66, 68, 70, 72 keV. With the optimal monochromatic energy, the noise level was similar to and the CNR was better than that in a single-energy scan at 120 kV for the same radiation dose. Compared to an 80 kV scan, however, the iodine CNR in monochromatic images was lower for the small, medium, and large phantoms. Conclusions: In dual-source dual-energy CT, optimal virtual monochromatic energy depends on patient size, dose partitioning, and the image quality metric optimized. With the optimal monochromatic energy, the noise level was similar to and the iodine CNR was better than that in 120 kV images for the same radiation dose. Compared to single-energy 80 kV images, the iodine CNR in virtual monochromatic images was lower for small to large phantom sizes.

  2. Software Tools Dedicated for an Automatic Analysis of the CT Scanner Quality Control's Images

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Software Tools Dedicated for an Automatic Analysis of the CT Scanner Quality Control's Images, 85925 La Roche Sur Yon, France ABSTRACT This paper deals with the CT scanner images quality control, which is an important part of the quality control process of the CT scanner, which consists of making

  3. Principles and Applications of Hyperspectral Imaging in Quality Evaluation of Agro-Food Products: A Review

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    Gamal Elmasry; Mohammed Kamruzzaman; Da-Wen Sun; Paul Allen

    2012-01-01

    The requirements of reliability, expeditiousness, accuracy, consistency, and simplicity for quality assessment of food products encouraged the development of non-destructive technologies to meet the demands of consumers to obtain superior food qualities. Hyperspectral imaging is one of the most promising techniques currently investigated for quality evaluation purposes in numerous sorts of applications. The main advantage of the hyperspectral imaging system

  4. Task-based measures of image quality and their relation to radiation dose and patient risk

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    Barrett, Harrison H.; Myers, Kyle J.; Hoeschen, Christoph; Kupinski, Matthew A.; Little, Mark P.

    2015-01-01

    The theory of task-based assessment of image quality is reviewed in the context of imaging with ionizing radiation, and objective figures of merit (FOMs) for image quality are summarized. The variation of the FOMs with the task, the observer and especially with the mean number of photons recorded in the image is discussed. Then various standard methods for specifying radiation dose are reviewed and related to the mean number of photons in the image and hence to image quality. Current knowledge of the relation between local radiation dose and the risk of various adverse effects is summarized, and some graphical depictions of the tradeoffs between image quality and risk are introduced. Then various dose-reduction strategies are discussed in terms of their effect on task-based measures of image quality.

  5. *kerekes@cis.rit.edu Hyperspectral image quality for unmixing and

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    Kerekes, John

    and to provide new prediction tools to assist with hyperspectral imaging sensor design and operation. Keywords*kerekes@cis.rit.edu Hyperspectral image quality for unmixing and subpixel detection applications, NY, USA 14623 ABSTRACT The quality of remotely sensed hyperspectral images is not easily assessed

  6. ASSESSING THE QUALITY OF COMPRESSED IMAGES USING EEG Lea Lindemann, Marcus Magnor

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    Magnor, Marcus

    - ding of large volumes of image/video data. Traditionally, per- ceived image quality is assessed that the presence of artifacts reliably elicits a measurable re- sponse in the brain. We furthermore show/video data with minimal effect on perceived image quality. Different methods have been applied to assess

  7. Automated detection of the carotid artery wall in longitudinal B-mode images using active contours initialized by the Hough transform.

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    Matsakou, A I; Golemati, S; Stoitsis, J S; Nikita, K S

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, a fully automatic active-contour-based segmentation method is presented, for detecting the carotid artery wall in longitudinal B-mode ultrasound images. A Hough-transform-based methodology is used for the definition of the initial snake, followed by a gradient vector flow (GVF) snake deformation for the final contour detection. The GVF snake is based on the calculation of the image edge map and the calculation of GVF field which guides its deformation for the estimation of the real arterial wall boundaries. In twenty cases there was no significant difference between the automated segmentation and the manual diameter measurements. The sensitivity, specificity and accuracy were 0.97, 0.99 and 0.98, respectively, for both diastolic and systolic cases. In conclusion, the proposed methodology provides an accurate and reliable way to segment ultrasound images of the carotid artery. PMID:22254374

  8. Computed tomography imaging of early coronary artery lesions in stable individuals with multiple cardiovascular risk factors

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    Yang, Xi; Huang, Hong; Liu, Hong; Zeng, Zhi-Yu; Zhang, Jie

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: To investigate the prevalence, extent, severity, and features of coronary artery lesions in stable patients with multiple cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS: Seventy-seven patients with more than 3 cardiovascular risk factors were suspected of having coronary artery disease. Patients with high-risk factors and 39 controls with no risk factors were enrolled in the study. The related risk factors included hypertension, impaired glucose tolerance, dyslipidemia, smoking history, and overweight. The characteristics of coronary lesions were identified and evaluated by 64-slice coronary computed tomography angiography. RESULTS: The incidence of coronary atherosclerosis was higher in the high-risk group than in the no-risk group. The involved branches of the coronary artery, the diffusivity of the lesion, the degree of stenosis, and the nature of the plaques were significantly more severe in the high-risk group compared with the no-risk group (all p < 0.05). CONCLUSION: Among stable individuals with high-risk factors, early coronary artery lesions are common and severe. Computed tomography has promising value for the early screening of coronary lesions. PMID:26017789

  9. Computational simulation of blood flow dynamics using an anatomically realistic artery model constructed from medical images

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    YUJI SHIMOGONYA; KAZUHIRO ITOH; HIROSHIGE KUMAMARU

    2010-01-01

    Hemodynamics is believed to play a vital role in the initiation of cerebral aneurysms. In this study, we describe a newly defined hemodynamic quantity, the gradient oscillatory number (GON), as an index for the cerebral aneurysm initiation. It is defined by temporal variations of flow-induced tension\\/compression forces acting on endothelial cells. We calculated the index for the arterial geometry before

  10. Open source database of images DEIMOS: extension for large-scale subjective image quality assessment

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    Vítek, Stanislav

    2014-09-01

    DEIMOS (Database of Images: Open Source) is an open-source database of images and video sequences for testing, verification and comparison of various image and/or video processing techniques such as compression, reconstruction and enhancement. This paper deals with extension of the database allowing performing large-scale web-based subjective image quality assessment. Extension implements both administrative and client interface. The proposed system is aimed mainly at mobile communication devices, taking into account advantages of HTML5 technology; it means that participants don't need to install any application and assessment could be performed using web browser. The assessment campaign administrator can select images from the large database and then apply rules defined by various test procedure recommendations. The standard test procedures may be fully customized and saved as a template. Alternatively the administrator can define a custom test, using images from the pool and other components, such as evaluating forms and ongoing questionnaires. Image sequence is delivered to the online client, e.g. smartphone or tablet, as a fully automated assessment sequence or viewer can decide on timing of the assessment if required. Environmental data and viewing conditions (e.g. illumination, vibrations, GPS coordinates, etc.), may be collected and subsequently analyzed.

  11. Quality Enhancement and Nerve Fibre Layer Artefacts Removal in Retina Fundus Images by Off Axis Imaging

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    Giancardo, Luca [ORNL] [ORNL; Meriaudeau, Fabrice [ORNL] [ORNL; Karnowski, Thomas Paul [ORNL] [ORNL; Li, Yaquin [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)] [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK); Tobin Jr, Kenneth William [ORNL] [ORNL; Chaum, Edward [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)] [University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)

    2011-01-01

    Retinal fundus images acquired with non-mydriatic digital fundus cameras are a versatile tool for the diagnosis of various retinal diseases. Because of the ease of use of newer camera models and their relative low cost, these cameras are employed worldwide by retina specialists to diagnose diabetic retinopathy and other degenerative diseases. Even with relative ease of use, the images produced by these systems sometimes suffer from reflectance artefacts mainly due to the nerve fibre layer (NFL) or other camera lens related reflections. We propose a technique that employs multiple fundus images acquired from the same patient to obtain a single higher quality image without these reflectance artefacts. The removal of bright artefacts, and particularly of NFL reflectance, can have great benefits for the reduction of false positives in the detection of retinal lesions such as exudate, drusens and cotton wool spots by automatic systems or manual inspection. If enough redundant information is provided by the multiple images, this technique also compensates for a suboptimal illumination. The fundus images are acquired in straightforward but unorthodox manner, i.e. the stare point of the patient is changed between each shot but the camera is kept fixed. Between each shot, the apparent shape and position of all the retinal structures that do not exhibit isotropic reflectance (e.g. bright artefacts) change. This physical effect is exploited by our algorithm in order to extract the pixels belonging to the inner layers of the retina, hence obtaining a single artefacts-free image.

  12. Evaluation of scatter effects on image quality for breast tomosynthesis

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    Wu, Gang; Mainprize, James G.; Boone, John M.; Yaffe, Martin J.

    2007-03-01

    Digital breast tomosynthesis uses a limited number of low-dose x-ray projections to produce a three-dimensional (3D) tomographic reconstruction of the breast. The purpose of this investigation was to characterize and evaluate the effect of scatter radiation on image quality for breast tomosynthesis. Generated by a Monte Carlo simulation method, scatter point spread functions (PSF) were convolved over the field of view (FOV) to estimate the distribution of scatter for each angle of tomosynthesis projection. The results demonstrated that in the absence of scatter reduction techniques, the scatter-to-primary ratio (SPR) levels for the average breast are quite high (~0.4 at the centre of mass), and increased with increased breast thickness and with larger FOV. Associated with such levels of x-ray scatter are cupping artifacts, as well as reduced accuracy in reconstruction values. The effect of x-ray scatter on the contrast, noise, and signal-difference-to-noise ratio (SDNR) in tomosynthesis reconstruction was measured as a function of tumour size. For example, the contrast in the reconstructed central slice of a tumour-like mass (14 mm in diameter) was degraded by 30% while the inaccuracy of the voxel value was 28%, and the reduction of SDNR was 60%. We have quantified the degree to which scatter degrades the image quality over a wide range of parameters, including x-ray beam energy, breast thickness, breast diameter, and breast composition. However, even without a scatter rejection device, the contrast and SDNR in the reconstructed tomosynthesis slice is higher than that of conventional mammographic projection images acquired with a grid at an equivalent total exposure.

  13. A no-reference quality assessment algorithm for JPEG2000-compressed images based on local sharpness

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    Vu, Phong V.; Chandler, Damon M.

    2013-01-01

    In this paper, we present a no-reference quality assessment algorithm for JPEG2000-compressed images called EDIQ (EDge-based Image Quality). The algorithm works based on the assumption that the quality of JPEG2000- compressed images can be evaluated by separately computing the quality of the edge/near-edge regions and the non-edge regions where no edges are present. EDIQ first separates the input image into edge/near-edge regions and non-edge regions by applying Canny edge detection and edge-pixel dilation. Our previous sharpness algorithm, FISH [Vu and Chandler, 2012], is used to generate a sharpness map. The part of the sharpness map corresponding to the non-edge regions is collapsed by using root mean square to yield the image quality index of the non-edge regions. The other part of the sharpness map, which corresponds to the edge/near-edge regions, is weighted by the local RMS contrast and the local slope of magnitude spectrum to yield an enhanced quality map, which is then collapsed into the quality index of the edge/near-edge regions. These two indices are combined by a geometric mean to yield a quality indicator of the input image. Testing on the JPEG2000-compressed subsets of four different image-quality databases demonstrate that EDIQ is competitive with other no-reference image quality algorithms on JPEG2000-compressed images.

  14. A statistical evaluation of recent full reference image quality assessment algorithms.

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    Sheikh, Hamid Rahim; Sabir, Muhammad Farooq; Bovik, Alan Conrad

    2006-11-01

    Measurement of visual quality is of fundamental importance for numerous image and video processing applications, where the goal of quality assessment (QA) algorithms is to automatically assess the quality of images or videos in agreement with human quality judgments. Over the years, many researchers have taken different approaches to the problem and have contributed significant research in this area and claim to have made progress in their respective domains. It is important to evaluate the performance of these algorithms in a comparative setting and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of these methods. In this paper, we present results of an extensive subjective quality assessment study in which a total of 779 distorted images were evaluated by about two dozen human subjects. The "ground truth" image quality data obtained from about 25,000 individual human quality judgments is used to evaluate the performance of several prominent full-reference image quality assessment algorithms. To the best of our knowledge, apart from video quality studies conducted by the Video Quality Experts Group, the study presented in this paper is the largest subjective image quality study in the literature in terms of number of images, distortion types, and number of human judgments per image. Moreover, we have made the data from the study freely available to the research community. This would allow other researchers to easily report comparative results in the future. PMID:17076403

  15. Comparison of no-reference image quality assessment machine learning-based algorithms on compressed images

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    Charrier, Christophe; Saadane, AbdelHakim; Fernandez-Maloigne, Christine

    2015-01-01

    No-reference image quality metrics are of fundamental interest as they can be embedded in practical applications. The main goal of this paper is to perform a comparative study of seven well known no-reference learning-based image quality algorithms. To test the performance of these algorithms, three public databases are used. As a first step, the trial algorithms are compared when no new learning is performed. The second step investigates how the training set influences the results. The Spearman Rank Ordered Correlation Coefficient (SROCC) is utilized to measure and compare the performance. In addition, an hypothesis test is conducted to evaluate the statistical significance of performance of each tested algorithm.

  16. Variability of repeated coronary artery calcium measurements by 1.25mm and 2.5mmthickness images on prospective electrocardiograph-triggered 64-slice CT

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    Jun Horiguchi; Noriaki Matsuura; Hideya Yamamoto; Nobuhiko Hirai; Masao Kiguchi; Chikako Fujioka; Toshiro Kitagawa; Nobuoki Kohno; Katsuhide Ito

    2008-01-01

    High reproducibility on coronary artery calcium scoring is a key requirement in monitoring the progression of coronary atherosclerosis.\\u000a The purpose of this prospective study is to assess the reproducibility of 1.25-mm- and 2.5-mm-thickness images on prospective\\u000a electrocardiograph-triggered 64-slice CT with respect to 2.5-mm-thickness images on spiral overlapping reconstruction. One\\u000a hundred patients suspected of coronary artery disease were scanned twice repeatedly,

  17. Mutual information as a measure of image quality for 3D dynamic lung imaging with EIT.

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    Crabb, M G; Davidson, J L; Little, R; Wright, P; Morgan, A R; Miller, C A; Naish, J H; Parker, G J M; Kikinis, R; McCann, H; Lionheart, W R B

    2014-05-01

    We report on a pilot study of dynamic lung electrical impedance tomography (EIT) at the University of Manchester. Low-noise EIT data at 100 frames per second were obtained from healthy male subjects during controlled breathing, followed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) subsequently used for spatial validation of the EIT reconstruction. The torso surface in the MR image and electrode positions obtained using MRI fiducial markers informed the construction of a 3D finite element model extruded along the caudal-distal axis of the subject. Small changes in the boundary that occur during respiration were accounted for by incorporating the sensitivity with respect to boundary shape into a robust temporal difference reconstruction algorithm. EIT and MRI images were co-registered using the open source medical imaging software, 3D Slicer. A quantitative comparison of quality of different EIT reconstructions was achieved through calculation of the mutual information with a lung-segmented MR image. EIT reconstructions using a linear shape correction algorithm reduced boundary image artefacts, yielding better contrast of the lungs, and had 10% greater mutual information compared with a standard linear EIT reconstruction. PMID:24710978

  18. Design of a practical model-observer-based image quality assessment method for CT imaging systems

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    Tseng, Hsin-Wu; Fan, Jiahua; Cao, Guangzhi; Kupinski, Matthew A.; Sainath, Paavana

    2014-03-01

    The channelized Hotelling observer (CHO) is a powerful method for quantitative image quality evaluations of CT systems and their image reconstruction algorithms. It has recently been used to validate the dose reduction capability of iterative image-reconstruction algorithms implemented on CT imaging systems. The use of the CHO for routine and frequent system evaluations is desirable both for quality assurance evaluations as well as further system optimizations. The use of channels substantially reduces the amount of data required to achieve accurate estimates of observer performance. However, the number of scans required is still large even with the use of channels. This work explores different data reduction schemes and designs a new approach that requires only a few CT scans of a phantom. For this work, the leave-one-out likelihood (LOOL) method developed by Hoffbeck and Landgrebe is studied as an efficient method of estimating the covariance matrices needed to compute CHO performance. Three different kinds of approaches are included in the study: a conventional CHO estimation technique with a large sample size, a conventional technique with fewer samples, and the new LOOL-based approach with fewer samples. The mean value and standard deviation of area under ROC curve (AUC) is estimated by shuffle method. Both simulation and real data results indicate that an 80% data reduction can be achieved without loss of accuracy. This data reduction makes the proposed approach a practical tool for routine CT system assessment.

  19. Quality Imaging - Comparison of CR Mammography with Screen-Film Mammography

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    Gaona, E. [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Calz. del Hueso 1100, 04960 Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); CICATA Unidad Legaria Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Av. Legaria 694, 11599 Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Azorin Nieto, J. [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Av. San Rafael Atlixco 186, 09340 Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Iran Diaz Gongora, J. A. [CICATA Unidad Legaria Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Av. Legaria 694, 11599 Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Arreola, M. [Department of Radiology, Shands Hospital at UF, PO Box 100374, Gainesville, FL 32610-0374 (United States); Casian Castellanos, G. [Hospital Juarez de Mexico, Av. IPN 5160, 07760 Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Perdigon Castaneda, G. M. [Hospital General 'Dr. Manuel Gea Gonzalez', Calz. de Tlalpan 4800, 14000 Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Franco Enriquez, J. G. [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Calz. del Hueso 1100, 04960 Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)

    2006-09-08

    The aim of this work is a quality imaging comparison of CR mammography images printed to film by a laser printer with screen-film mammography. A Giotto and Elscintec dedicated mammography units with fully automatic exposure and a nominal large focal spot size of 0.3 mm were used for the image acquisition of phantoms in screen-film mammography. Four CR mammography units from two different manufacturers and three dedicated x-ray mammography units with fully automatic exposure and a nominal large focal spot size of 0.3 mm were used for the image acquisition of phantoms in CR mammography. The tests quality image included an assessment of system resolution, scoring phantom images, Artifacts, mean optical density and density difference (contrast). In this study, screen-film mammography with a quality control program offers a significantly greater level of quality image relative to CR mammography images printed on film.

  20. ORIGINAL RESEARCH MR Imaging: Influence of Imaging Technique and Postprocessing on Measurement of Internal Carotid Artery Stenosis

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    F. Runck; R. P. Steiner; W. A. Bautz; M. M. Lell

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: MR angiography (MRA) is increasingly used as an alternative to digital subtraction angiography (DSA) to evaluate internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis. Because MRA is not standardized in data acquisition and postprocessing, we sought to evaluate the effects of different acquisition techniques (time-of-flight MRA (TOF-MRA)) and contrast-enhanced MRA (CE-MRA)) and postprocessing methods (maximum intensity projection (MIP), multiplanar reformation

  1. Relationships between radiotracer properties and image quality in molecular imaging of the brain with positron emission tomography

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    Marc Laruelle; Mark Slifstein; Yiyun Huang

    2003-01-01

    In molecular imaging of the brain, many factors affect the reliability of the quantitative information that can be derived from the imaging process. This article discusses factors impacting on the imaging quality that are related to the radiotracer per se. Following a brief summary of key concepts in receptor quantification, a number of these factors are discussed, including selectivity, affinity,

  2. The iCAM Framework for Image Appearance, Image Differences, and Image Quality

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    Zanibbi, Richard

    and temporally at the level of complexity of real natural and man-made scenes and extends traditional image and application of image appearance models, a somewhat natural evolution of color appearance, spatial vision developed for measuring photographic materials with the intent of specifying the amounts of dye or silver

  3. Tomographic particle image velocimetry investigation of the flow in a modeled human carotid artery bifurcation

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    N. A. Buchmann; C. Atkinson; M. C. Jeremy; J. Soria

    2011-01-01

    Hemodynamic forces within the human carotid artery are well known to play a key role in the initiation and progression of\\u000a vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis. The degree and extent of the disease largely depends on the prevailing three-dimensional\\u000a flow structure and wall shear stress (WSS) distribution. This work presents tomographic PIV (Tomo-PIV) measurements of the\\u000a flow structure and WSS

  4. Evaluation of arterial blood flow heterogeneity via an image-based computational model

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    Burrowes, Kelly S.; Tawhai, Merryn H.; Hunter, Peter J.

    2005-04-01

    A computational model of blood flow through the human pulmonary arterial tree has been developed to investigate the relative influence of branching structure and gravity on blood flow distribution in the human lung. A geometric model of the largest arterial vessels and definitions of the lobar boundaries were first derived using multi-detector row x-ray computed tomography (MDCT) scans from the Lung Atlas. Further accompanying arterial vessels were generated from the MDCT vessel end points into the lobar volumes using a volume filling branching algorithm. A reduced form of the Navier-Stokes equations were solved within the geometric model to simulate pressure, velocity and vessel radius throughout the network. Blood flow results in the anatomically-based model, with and without gravity, and in a symmetric arterial model were compared in order to investigate their relative contributions to blood flow heterogeneity. Results showed a persistent blood flow gradient and flow heterogeneity in the absence of gravitational forces in the anatomically-based model. Results revealed that the asymmetric branching structure of the model was largely responsible for producing this heterogeneity. Analysis of average results in different slice thicknesses illustrated a clear flow gradient due to gravity in 'lower-resolution" data (thicker slices), but on examination of higher resolution data a trend was less obvious. Results suggest that while gravity does influence flow distribution, the influence of the tree branching structure is also a dominant factor. These results are consistent with high-resolution experimental studies that have demonstrated gravity to be only a minor determinant of blood flow distribution.

  5. In-Vitro Investigation of three-dimensional Carotid Artery Haemodynamics by Tomographic Particle Image Velocimetry

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    N. A. Buchmann; C. H. Atkinson; M. C. Jermy; J. Soria

    \\u000a Haemodynamic forces within the carotid artery (CA) are well understood to be a key player in the initiation and progression\\u000a of vascular disease and detailed measurements of the interaction between the local flow field and wall shear stress (WSS)\\u000a within the CA facilitates a better understanding of local haemodynamics. Most experimental approaches, including in-vivo measurements,\\u000a provide insufficient spatial or temporal

  6. Congenital anomalies of the coronary arteries: imaging with contrast-enhanced, multidetector computed tomography

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    Rainer Schmitt; Steffen Froehner; Juergen Brunn; Matthias Wagner; Horst Brunner; Oleg Cherevatyy; Frank Gietzen; Georgios Christopoulos; Sebastian Kerber; Franz Fellner

    2005-01-01

    The objective of this study is to evaluate multidetector CT (MDCT) in detecting and characterizing anomalous coronary arteries. Forty-four patients with anomalies of the coronaries were selected from a total of 1758 individuals examined with ECG-gated 4- and 16-row MDCT including thinMIP, MPR and VRT post-processing. Twenty-eight patients showed origin and course anomalies of the central coronary segments, and in

  7. Transitional flow analysis in the carotid artery bifurcation by proper orthogonal decomposition and particle image velocimetry.

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    Kefayati, Sarah; Poepping, Tamie L

    2013-07-01

    Blood flow instabilities in the carotid artery bifurcation have been highly correlated to clot formation and mobilization resulting in ischemic stroke. In this work, PIV-measured flow velocities in normal and stenosed carotid artery bifurcation models were analyzed by means of proper orthogonal decomposition (POD). Through POD analysis, transition to more complex flow was visualized and quantified for increasing stenosis severity. While no evidence of transitional flow was seen in the normal model, the 50%-stenosed model started to show characteristics of transitional flow, which became highly evident in the 70% model, with greatest manifestation during the systolic phase of the cardiac cycle. By means of a model comparison, we demonstrate two quantitative measures of the flow complexity through the power-law decay slope of the energy spectrum and the global entropy. The more complex flow in the 70%-stenosed model showed a flatter slope of energy decay (-0.91 compared to -1.34 for 50% stenosis) and higher entropy values (0.26 compared to 0.17). Finally, the minimum temporal resolution required for POD analysis of carotid artery flow was found to be 100 Hz when determined through a more typical energy-mode convergence test, as compared to 400 Hz based on global entropy values. PMID:23025907

  8. [Doppler ultrasound images of the uterine artery and uterine involution in normal puerperium].

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    Reles, A; Ertan, A K; Kainer, F; Dudenhausen, J W

    1992-01-01

    Serial sonographic studies of the involution of the uterus and Doppler ultrasound studies of the uterine artery blood flow were done with a pulsed Doppler apparatus on 102 patients with uncomplicated pregnancy, normal vaginal develivery, and normal puerperal course on the 2nd and 4th post-partum days and 1 and 2 months post partum. Length of the uterus, anteroposterior and transversal uterine diameter, and diameter of the myometrium on the anterior and posterior uterine wall underwent main involution during the 1st month post partum and showed only a slight decrease during the 2nd month post partum. Systolic/diastolic ratio and resistance index of the uterine artery increased slightly, but not significantly, between the 2nd and 4th post-partum days, but significantly until the end of the 1st month post partum. Until the end of the 2nd month post partum systolic/diastolic ratio and resistance index of the uterine artery showed, although the involution of the uterus was largely completed, a further significant increase. PMID:1392630

  9. OBJECTIVE QUALITY ASSESSMENT FOR IMAGE SUPER-RESOLUTION: A NATURAL SCENE STATISTICS APPROACH

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    Wang, Zhou

    OBJECTIVE QUALITY ASSESSMENT FOR IMAGE SUPER-RESOLUTION: A NATURAL SCENE STATISTICS APPROACH@ieee.org ABSTRACT There has been an increasing number of image super-resolution (SR) algorithms proposed recently to create images with higher spatial resolution from low-resolution (LR) images. Nevertheless, how

  10. Arterial embolism

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    ... the artery (arterial bypass) to create a second source of blood supply Clot removal through a balloon catheter placed into the affected artery or through open surgery on the artery (embolectomy) Opening of the ...

  11. Coronary Arteries

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    ... and animations for grades K-6. The Coronary Arteries | Share Coronary Circulation The heart muscle, like every ... into two main coronary blood vessels (also called arteries). These coronary arteries branch off into smaller arteries, ...

  12. Utility of technetium-t-butyl isonitrile (99mTc-TBI) myocardial imaging in coronary artery disease.

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    Nair, N; Nayak, U N; Ramanathan, P; Ramamoorthy, N; Sachdeva, S S

    1992-08-01

    99mTc-t-butyl isonitrile is a useful agent for myocardial perfusion imaging. The superior physical advantages of technetium over 201thallium make larger doses possible for imaging. Accumulation in the myocardium is unidirectional in that once attached it does not leave the myocardium and hence two separate injections are needed for rest and stress imaging. High liver uptake frequently conceals the inferior wall and high early uptakes make immediate post-injection imaging almost impossible at least up to 45-60 min. This agent, however, was seen to accurately identify under-perfused areas and distinguish between ischaemia and infarct in our patients. Agreement with 201Tl and with GBP study of regional wall motion was excellent. While its individual sensitivity and specificity are quite high at 82.6 and 90.9%, in combined GBP studies the sensitivity rose to 93.4%. It is concluded that Tc-TBI is a valuable agent for myocardial perfusion scintigraphy, especially in a developing country like India where Tc-MIBI cannot be routinely used, since it is expensive, and where regular supplies of 201Tl are also not always feasible due to the high cost of importing. 99mTc-TBI can be made cheaply here and in a select population, notably in those with left anterior descending and circumflex coronary artery disease, it can provide valuable information. PMID:1522026

  13. Noninvasive assessment of the brain redox status after transient middle cerebral artery occlusion using Overhauser-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Yamato, Mayumi; Shiba, Takeshi; Yamada, Ken-ichi; Watanabe, Toshiaki; Utsumi, Hideo

    2009-10-01

    Oxidative stress has been implicated in the cell death that occurs after ischemia-reperfusion of the brain, which causes the production of reactive oxygen species and a decrease in antioxidants, leading to mitochondrial dysfunction. However, the invasive methods used to collect much of this evidence are themselves stress inducing, which could skew the results. In this study, we aimed at demonstrating brain redox alterations after ischemia-reperfusion noninvasively, using Overhauser-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging. The reduction rate of 3-methoxycarbonyl-2,2,5,5-tetramethylpyrrolidine-L-oxyl (methoxycarbonyl-PROXYL), a redox-sensitive contrast agent, was used as an index of the redox status in vivo. No changes were observed in the antioxidant concentration, the mitochondrial complex activity, or in the redox status image intensity after 3 h of reperfusion, following transient middle cerebral artery occlusion; however, after 24 h of reperfusion, the methoxycarbonyl-PROXYL reduction rate, calculated from continuous images, had decreased significantly. Concordantly, biochemical assays showed that the concentration of ascorbic acid in the ischemic hemisphere and the activity of mitochondrial complex II had also decreased. Thus, the noninvasive imaging of the brain redox alterations faithfully reflected changes in antioxidant levels and in mitochondrial complex II activity after ischemia-reperfusion. PMID:19553909

  14. The image quality of ion computed tomography at clinical imaging dose levels

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    Hansen, David C., E-mail: dch@oncology.au.dk [Department of Experimental Clinical Oncology, Aarhus University Hospital, 8000 Aarhus (Denmark); Bassler, Niels [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus (Denmark); Sørensen, Thomas Sangild [Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark and Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus (Denmark); Seco, Joao [Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School,Boston, Massachusetts 02114 (United States)

    2014-11-01

    Purpose: Accurately predicting the range of radiotherapy ions in vivo is important for the precise delivery of dose in particle therapy. Range uncertainty is currently the single largest contribution to the dose margins used in planning and leads to a higher dose to normal tissue. The use of ion CT has been proposed as a method to improve the range uncertainty and thereby reduce dose to normal tissue of the patient. A wide variety of ions have been proposed and studied for this purpose, but no studies evaluate the image quality obtained with different ions in a consistent manner. However, imaging doses ion CT is a concern which may limit the obtainable image quality. In addition, the imaging doses reported have not been directly comparable with x-ray CT doses due to the different biological impacts of ion radiation. The purpose of this work is to develop a robust methodology for comparing the image quality of ion CT with respect to particle therapy, taking into account different reconstruction methods and ion species. Methods: A comparison of different ions and energies was made. Ion CT projections were simulated for five different scenarios: Protons at 230 and 330 MeV, helium ions at 230 MeV/u, and carbon ions at 430 MeV/u. Maps of the water equivalent stopping power were reconstructed using a weighted least squares method. The dose was evaluated via a quality factor weighted CT dose index called the CT dose equivalent index (CTDEI). Spatial resolution was measured by the modulation transfer function. This was done by a noise-robust fit to the edge spread function. Second, the image quality as a function of the number of scanning angles was evaluated for protons at 230 MeV. In the resolution study, the CTDEI was fixed to 10 mSv, similar to a typical x-ray CT scan. Finally, scans at a range of CTDEI’s were done, to evaluate dose influence on reconstruction error. Results: All ions yielded accurate stopping power estimates, none of which were statistically different from the ground truth image. Resolution (as defined by the modulation transfer function = 10% point) was the best for the helium ions (18.21 line pairs/cm) and worst for the lower energy protons (9.37 line pairs/cm). The weighted quality factor for the different ions ranged from 1.23 for helium to 2.35 for carbon ions. For the angle study, a sharp increase in absolute error was observed below 45 distinct angles, giving the impression of a threshold, rather than smooth, limit to the number of angles. Conclusions: The method presented for comparing various ion CT modalities is feasible for practical use. While all studied ions would improve upon x-ray CT for particle range estimation, helium appears to give the best results and deserves further study for imaging.

  15. Imaging-based logics for ornamental stone quality chart definition

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    Bonifazi, Giuseppe; Gargiulo, Aldo; Serranti, Silvia; Raspi, Costantino

    2007-02-01

    Ornamental stone products are commercially classified on the market according to several factors related both to intrinsic lythologic characteristics and to their visible pictorial attributes. Sometimes these latter aspects prevail in quality criteria definition and assessment. Pictorial attributes are in any case also influenced by the performed working actions and the utilized tools selected to realize the final stone manufactured product. Stone surface finishing is a critical task because it can contribute to enhance certain aesthetic features of the stone itself. The study was addressed to develop an innovative set of methodologies and techniques able to quantify the aesthetic quality level of stone products taking into account both the physical and the aesthetical characteristics of the stones. In particular, the degree of polishing of the stone surfaces and the presence of defects have been evaluated, applying digital image processing strategies. Morphological and color parameters have been extracted developing specific software architectures. Results showed as the proposed approaches allow to quantify the degree of polishing and to identify surface defects related to the intrinsic characteristics of the stone and/or the performed working actions.

  16. Histological approaches for high-quality imaging of zooplanktonic organisms.

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    Melo, Rossana C N; Rosa, Priscila G; Noyma, Natália P; Pereira, Wânia F; Tavares, Luiz E R; Parreira, Gleydes G; Chiarini-Garcia, Hélio; Roland, Fábio

    2007-01-01

    The investigation of the internal organization of zooplankton communities provides important information on the plankton biology with special interest for the study of ecological processes. Zooplanktoners can play a structural function as indicators for ecosystem health or stress, but their study using histological techniques is still limited. Here we report that the internal structure of zooplanktonic organisms can be facilely observed by a histological approach that combines optimal fixation and processing with a plastic resin (glycol methacrylate) embedding, resulting in increased tissue resolution. Using copepods, organisms that can dominate zooplankton assemblages, as models, collected from a tropical ecosystem (Paraibuna river, Brazil), we showed fine histological details of their muscular, nervous and digestive systems, structure of appendages and cell features. Critical advantages of this approach are that it permits optimal preservation and adequate handling of the organisms (embedded in agar after fixation) for further histological processing and investigation. This is important because it prevents both mechanically induced artifacts and loss of these diminutive organisms during the different steps of processing. Moreover, embedding in plastic resin showed a superior imaging of copepod internal structures compared to paraffin embedding. The use of glycol methacrylate is advantageous over paraffin/paraplast embedding by avoiding heat damage, tissue retraction and allowing faster embedding procedure and better tissue resolution. The value of histological approaches in enabling high-quality imaging of the internal structure of copepods is particularly important because these organisms can be used as indicators of environmental changes. PMID:17574853

  17. Extending subjective experiments for image quality assessment with baseline adjustments

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    Zhao, Ping; Pedersen, Marius

    2015-01-01

    In a typical working cycle of image quality assessment, it is common to have a number of human observers to give perceptual ratings on multiple levels of distortions of selected test images. If additional distortions need to be introduced into the experiment, the entire subjective experiment must be performed over again in order to incorporate the additional distortions. However, this would usually consume considerable more time and resources. Baseline adjustment is one method to extend an experiment with additional distortions without having to do a full experiment, reducing both the time and resources needed. In this paper, we conduct a study to verify and evaluate the baseline adjustment method regarding extending an existing subjective experimental session to another. Our experimental results suggest that the baseline adjustment method can be effective. We identify the optimal distortion levels to be included in the baselines should be the ones of which the stimulus combinations produce the minimum standard deviations in the mean adjusted Z-scores over all human observers in the existing rating session. We also demonstrate that it is possible to reduce the number of baseline stimuli, so the cost of extending subjective experiments can be optimized. Comparing to conventional researches mainly focusing on case studies of hypothetical data sets, we perform this research based on the real perceptual ratings collected from an existing subjective experiment.

  18. Patient and Spouse Perceived Quality of Life Five Years After Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery

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    Lee, G.A

    2008-01-01

    Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) was examined in patients’ and their respective spouses’ perspectives five years after cardiac bypass surgery. Participants completed the Short-Form 36 (SF-36) which consists of eight domains and two component summary scores measuring physical and mental HRQoL (PCS and MCS respectively). Paired t tests were used to compare couples responses (n=56 pairs) with spouses recording higher (i.e. better scores) in the physical-related domains although differences were not significant. Statistically significant results were found between patients and spouses in emotional role, mental health, social functioning, energy/vitality and general health perceptions (p< 0.001). The PCS were very similar for both the patient and spouses sample (45.9 v. 45.8 respectively, p = .829) and the MCS was significantly higher in the patients compared to the spouses (54.8 v. 47.7, p < .001). The results demonstrated that spouses could accurately report the physical aspects of HRQoL but not the mental health of their partner. PMID:19319222

  19. Image quality comparison of high-energy phase contrast x-ray images with low-energy conventional images: phantom studies

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    Wong, Molly; Wu, Xizeng; Liu, Hong

    2010-02-01

    A significant challenge in the field of mammography that has yet to be overcome involves providing adequate image quality for detection and diagnosis, while minimizing the radiation dose to the patient. An emerging x-ray technology, high energy phase contrast imaging holds the potential to reduce the patient dose without compromising the image quality, which would benefit the early detection of breast cancer. The purpose of this preliminary study was to compare the image quality of high energy phase contrast images to conventional x-ray images at typical mammography energies. The experimental settings were selected to provide similar entrance exposures for the high and low energy images. Several phantoms were utilized in this study to provide a comprehensive image quality comparison, in an effort to investigate the clinical potential of high energy phase contrast imaging. An ACR phantom was utilized for quantitative comparison through an observer study, while a new tissue-equivalent phantom was utilized for a qualitative investigation. Finally, an acrylic-edge phantom was employed to provide an illustration of the edge enhancement in the phase contrast images as compared to the conventional images. The results from the multi-faceted comparison indicate the potential of high energy phase contrast imaging to provide comparable image quality at a similar or decreased patient dose.

  20. Development of Software to Model AXAF-I Image Quality

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    Ahmad, Anees; Hawkins, Lamar

    1996-01-01

    This draft final report describes the work performed under the delivery order number 145 from May 1995 through August 1996. The scope of work included a number of software development tasks for the performance modeling of AXAF-I. A number of new capabilities and functions have been added to the GT software, which is the command mode version of the GRAZTRACE software, originally developed by MSFC. A structural data interface has been developed for the EAL (old SPAR) finite element analysis FEA program, which is being used by MSFC Structural Analysis group for the analysis of AXAF-I. This interface utility can read the structural deformation file from the EAL and other finite element analysis programs such as NASTRAN and COSMOS/M, and convert the data to a suitable format that can be used for the deformation ray-tracing to predict the image quality for a distorted mirror. There is a provision in this utility to expand the data from finite element models assuming 180 degrees symmetry. This utility has been used to predict image characteristics for the AXAF-I HRMA, when subjected to gravity effects in the horizontal x-ray ground test configuration. The development of the metrology data processing interface software has also been completed. It can read the HDOS FITS format surface map files, manipulate and filter the metrology data, and produce a deformation file, which can be used by GT for ray tracing for the mirror surface figure errors. This utility has been used to determine the optimum alignment (axial spacing and clocking) for the four pairs of AXAF-I mirrors. Based on this optimized alignment, the geometric images and effective focal lengths for the as built mirrors were predicted to cross check the results obtained by Kodak.

  1. MR imaging during arterial-portography (MR-AP) in the detection of hepatic tumor: comparison with CT-AP.

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    Kajiya, Y; Nakajo, M; Miyazono, N; Kajiya, Y; Fujiyoshi, F; Ichinari, N

    1997-01-01

    This study was undertaken to compare the detection rate of hepatic space occupying lesion (SOL)s between computed tomography during arterial portography (CT-AP) and magnetic resonance imaging during arterial portography (MR-AP) and the differences in time intensity curve on MR-AP between HCC, metastatic tumor, FNH, and hemangioma. We performed CT-AP and MR-AP in 17 patients including 14 cases of HCC and one each of metastasis, FNH, and hemangioma. MR-AP was performed by Turbo-FLASH sequence. There was no statistically significant difference between CT-AP and MR-AP in detecting satellite lesions in terms of smallest diameter and number of flow defects (p > 0.05). Hemangioma showed rapid enhancement after the first pass and, consequently, the same enhancement as the hepatic parenchyma. MR-AP was comparable to CT-AP in the detection of hepatic SOLs. Hemangioma showed an enhancement pattern different from those of HCC, metastatic tumor, and FNH, which showed patterns similar to each other. PMID:9495785

  2. Turbulence intensity measurements using particle image velocimetry in diseased carotid artery models: effect of stenosis severity, plaque eccentricity, and ulceration.

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    Kefayati, Sarah; Holdsworth, David W; Poepping, Tamie L

    2014-01-01

    Clinical decision-making for the treatment of patients with diseased carotid artery is mainly based on the severity of the stenosis. However, stenosis severity alone is not a sensitive indicator, and other local factors for the assessment of stroke risk are required. Flow disturbance is of particular interest due to its proven association with increased thromboembolic activities. The objective of this study was to investigate the level of turbulence intensity (TI) with regards to certain geometrical features of the plaque - namely stenosis severity, eccentricity, and ulceration. A family of eight carotid-artery bifurcation models was examined using particle image velocimetry. Results showed a marked difference in turbulence intensity among these models; increasing degree of stenosis severity resulted in increased turbulence intensity, going from 0.12 m/s for mild stenosis to 0.37 m/s for severe stenosis (with concentric geometry). Moreover, independent of stenosis severity, eccentricity led to further elevations in turbulence intensity, increasing TI by 0.05-0.10 m/s over the counterpart concentric plaque. The presence of ulceration (in a 50% eccentric plaque) produced a larger portion of moderate turbulence intensity (~0.10 m/s) compared to the non-ulcerated model, more proximal to the bifurcation apex in the post-stenotic recirculation zone. The effect of plaque eccentricity and ulceration in enhancing the downstream turbulence has potential clinical implications for a more sensitive assessment of stroke risk beyond stenosis severity alone. PMID:24182694

  3. Image-based computational simulation of sub-endothelial LDL accumulation in a human right coronary artery.

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    Nouri, Mohammad; Jalali, Farhang; Karimi, Gholamreza; Zarrabi, Khalil

    2015-07-01

    Accumulation of low density lipoproteins (LDL) in the vessel wall is suggested as the initiator of atherosclerosis and coronary stenosis. This process is associated with the performance of endothelium layer that regulates entering of macromolecules to the vessel wall. Therefore, the present study aims to investigate sub-endothelial accumulation of LDL molecules in a coronary tree and predict atherosclerosis prone sites. Non-Newtonian blood flow is simulated for normal and hypertensive conditions through the lumen of a right coronary artery reconstructed from computed tomography (CT) images. A three-pore model is implemented as the endothelium boundary condition and hence, plasma flow and LDL transport are simulated within the arterial wall. Based on the pore model, endothelium pathways divide into normal junctions, vesicles and leaky junctions. Most of LDL molecules pass through the leaky junctions that arise at locations with low wall shear stress (WSS). Results indicate that increase in the number of leaky junctions at branch points with low WSS can lead to both elevated levels of sub-endothelial LDL accumulation and atherosclerosis risk. Findings reveal that at the branch points with disturbed flow, sub-endothelial concentration of LDL for the hypertensive condition is higher than the normal condition, however for the rest of regions with uniform geometry and unidirectional flow, this is reversed. Comparisons of non-Newtonian and Newtonian flows show mean increases of 34% and 13% in the sub-endothelial concentrations of Newtonian flows during the normal and hypertensive conditions, respectively. PMID:25957745

  4. Quantitative and qualitative image quality analysis of super resolution images from a low cost scanning laser ophthalmoscope

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    Murillo, Sergio; Echegaray, Sebastian; Zamora, Gilberto; Soliz, Peter; Bauman, Wendall

    2011-03-01

    The lurking epidemic of eye diseases caused by diabetes and aging will put more than 130 million Americans at risk of blindness by 2020. Screening has been touted as a means to prevent blindness by identifying those individuals at risk. However, the cost of most of today's commercial retinal imaging devices makes their use economically impractical for mass screening. Thus, low cost devices are needed. With these devices, low cost often comes at the expense of image quality with high levels of noise and distortion hindering the clinical evaluation of those retinas. A software-based super resolution (SR) reconstruction methodology that produces images with improved resolution and quality from multiple low resolution (LR) observations is introduced. The LR images are taken with a low-cost Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (SLO). The non-redundant information of these LR images is combined to produce a single image in an implementation that also removes noise and imaging distortions while preserving fine blood vessels and small lesions. The feasibility of using the resulting SR images for screening of eye diseases was tested using quantitative and qualitative assessments. Qualitatively, expert image readers evaluated their ability of detecting clinically significant features on the SR images and compared their findings with those obtained from matching images of the same eyes taken with commercially available high-end cameras. Quantitatively, measures of image quality were calculated from SR images and compared to subject-matched images from a commercial fundus imager. Our results show that the SR images have indeed enough quality and spatial detail for screening purposes.

  5. Heart-Rate Dependent Improvement in Image Quality and Diagnostic Accuracy of Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography by Novel Intra-cycle Motion Correction Algorithm

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    Cho, Iksung; Elmore, Kimberly; Hartaigh, Bríain ó; Schulman-Marcus, Josh; Granser, Heidi; Valenti, Valentina; Xiong, Guanglei; Carrascosa, Patricia M; Min, James K

    2014-01-01

    Background To determine the effect of a novel intra-cycle motion correction algorithm (MCA) on diagnostic accuracy of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) Methods Coronary artery phantom models were scanned at static and heart rates (HR) simulation of 60–100 beat/min and reconstructed with a conventional algorithm (CA) and MCA. Results Among 144 coronary segments, improvements in image interpretability, quality and diagnostic accuracy by MCA were observed for HRs of 80 and 100 (P<0.05 for all), but not for HR of 60. Conclusion Novel intra-cycle motion correction algorithm demonstrates improved heart-rate dependent image interpretability, and quality and accuracy, particularly at higher heart rates. PMID:25649255

  6. Comparison of Partial Volume Effects in Arterial and Venous Contrast Curves in CT Brain Perfusion Imaging

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    Riordan, Alan J.; Bennink, Edwin; Dankbaar, Jan Willem; Viergever, Max A.; Velthuis, Birgitta K.; Smit, Ewoud J.; de Jong, Hugo W. A. M.

    2014-01-01

    Purpose In brain CT perfusion (CTP), the arterial contrast bolus is scaled to have the same area under the curve (AUC) as the venous outflow to correct for partial volume effects (PVE). This scaling is based on the assumption that large veins are unaffected by PVE. Measurement of the internal carotid artery (ICA), usually unaffected by PVE due to its large diameter, may avoid the need for partial volume correction. The aims of this work are to examine i) the assumptions behind PVE correction and ii) the potential of selecting the ICA obviating correction for PVE. Methods The AUC of the ICA and sagittal sinus were measured in CTP datasets from 52 patients. The AUCs were determined by i) using commercial CTP software based on a Gaussian curve-fitting to the time attenuation curve, and ii) by simple integration of the time attenuation curve over a time interval. In addition, frames acquired up to 3 minutes after first bolus passage were used to examine the ratio of arterial and venous enhancement. The impact of selecting the ICA without PVE correction was illustrated by reporting cerebral blood volume (CBV) measurements. Results In 49 of 52 patients, the AUC of the ICA was significantly larger than that of the sagittal sinus (p?=?0.017). Measured after the first pass bolus, contrast enhancement remained 50% higher in the ICA just after the first pass bolus, and 30% higher 3 minutes later. CBV measurements were significantly lowered when the ICA was used without PVE correction. Conclusions Contradicting the assumptions underlying PVE correction, contrast in the ICA was significantly higher than in the sagittal sinus, even 3 minutes after the first pass of the contrast bolus. PVE correction might lead to overestimation of CBV if the CBV is calculated using the AUC of the time attenuation curves. PMID:24858308

  7. Arterial Disease in Patients with Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection: What Has Imaging Taught Us?

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    Stein, James H.; Currier, Judith S.; Hsue, Priscilla Y.

    2014-01-01

    With advances in antiretroviral therapy, individuals with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection are living longer and increasingly die of non-HIV related diseases such as cardiovascular disease (CVD). Several observational studies suggest that HIV-infected patients on ART are at increased CVD risk; however, the precise mechanisms underlying the association between HIV infection and CVD risk are uncertain. Atherosclerosis and arterial disease in HIV-infected individuals is a multifactorial process with several potential targets for research and therapeutic intervention. PMID:24831212

  8. Stress Imaging May Be Overused in Medicare Patients With Stable Coronary Artery Disease

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  9. [Delineation of the anatomical relationship of innominate artery and trachea by respiratory-gated MR imaging with true FISP sequence in patients with severe motor and intellectual disabilities].

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    Fujikawa, Yoshinao; Sato, Noriko; Sugai, Kenji; Endo, Yusaku; Matsufuji, Hiroki; Oomi, Tsuyoshi; Honzawa, Shiho; Sasaki, Masayuki

    2008-01-01

    Tracheoinnominate artery fistula is a well-known complication that arises on using a cannula. Therefore, routine examination of the anatomical relationship of the innominate artery and trachea should be carried out. We evaluated the usefulness of magnetic resonance imaging in 5 patients with severe motor and intellectual disabilities (SMID) using a combination of true-fast imaging of steady-state precession (true-FISP) sequences and two-dimensional prospective acquisition correction (2D-PACE). For all patients, the trachea and the innominate artery were identified without sedation and contrast media. In one patient, the innominate artery was observed to be pressing on the trachea. In three patients, the trachea and innominate artery were brought very close each other, and in the other patient the anatomical relationship of the trachea and surrounding structure was delineated before tracheotomy. The validity of true-FISP sequences combined with the respiratory-gated technique was confirmed useful for the patients who are difficult to lie quietly and to hold their breath voluntarily. PMID:18210856

  10. Adaptive and Quality 3D Meshing from Imaging Data Yongjie Zhang

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    Zhang, Yongjie "Jessica"

    Adaptive and Quality 3D Meshing from Imaging Data Yongjie Zhang Chandrajit Bajaj Bong-Soo Sohn at Austin Figure 1: Adaptive tetrahedral meshes extracted from UNC Head (CT, 129×129×129). Isovalues (in an algorithm to extract adaptive and quality 3D meshes directly from volumetric imaging data - primarily

  11. 1) Title of the paper: A MULTI-PURPOSE OBJECTIVE QUALITY METRIC FOR IMAGE

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    the performance of the CPA metric. The new metric includes the most important steps of Human Vi- sual System (HVSCover Page 1) Title of the paper: A MULTI-PURPOSE OBJECTIVE QUALITY METRIC FOR IMAGE WATERMARKING 2 Multi-purpose Objective Quality Metric for Image Watermarking}, booktitle = {IEEE International

  12. Analysis of Image Quality After Correction Using the T.H.E.M.I.S. Image Stabilizer Optical System

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    Molodij, G.; Rayrole, J.

    We present the results of numerical simulations to analyze the effects of anisoplanatism on T.H.E.M.I.S. adaptive optics system when observing extended sources. We compute analytically the long exposure optical tranfer functions in the field-of-view to simulate the image quality after correction using adaptive optics systems. We demonstrate the capacity of the image stabilizer optical system for very large field-of-view observations with medium image qual ity while the capacity of high order adaptive optics system is suitable for high image quality observations but to the price of a reduction of the field-of-view .

  13. Spectral CT Imaging of Laryngeal and Hypopharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Evaluation of Image Quality and Status of Lymph Nodes

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    Li, Wei; Wang, Zhongzhou; Pang, Tao; Li, Jun; Shi, Hao; Zhang, Chengqi

    2013-01-01

    Purpose The purpose of this study was to evaluate image quality and status of lymph nodes in laryngeal and hypopharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) patients using spectral CT imaging. Materials and Methods Thirty-eight patients with laryngeal and hypopharyngeal SCCs were scanned with spectral CT mode in venous phase. The conventional 140-kVp polychromatic images and one hundred and one sets of monochromatic images were generated ranging from 40 keV to 140 keV. The mean optimal keV was calculated on the monochromatic images. The image quality of the mean optimal keV monochromatic images and polychromatic images was compared with two different methods including a quantitative analysis method and a qualitative analysis method. The HU curve slope (?HU) in the target lymph nodes and the primary lesion was calculated respectively. The ratio of ?HU was studied between metastatic and non-metastatic lymph nodes group. Results A total of 38 primary lesions were included. The mean optimal keV was obtained at 55±1.77 keV on the monochromatic images. The image quality evaluated by two different methods including a quantitative analysis method and a qualitative analysis method was obviously increased on monochromatic images than polychromatic images (p<0.05). The ratio of ?HU between metastatic and non-metastatic lymph nodes was significantly different in the venous phase images (p<0.05). Conclusion The monochromatic images obtained with spectral CT can be used to improve the image quality of laryngeal and hypopharyngeal SCC and the N-staging accuracy. The quantitative ratio of ?HU may be helpful for differentiating between metastatic and non-metastatic cervical lymph nodes. PMID:24386214

  14. Poor Sleep Quality in Patients after Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: An Intervention Study Using the PRECEDE-PROCEED Model

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    Ranjbaran, Soheila; Dehdari, Tahereh; Sadeghniiat-Haghighi, Khosro; Majdabadi, Mahmood Mahmoodi

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Background: Poor sleep quality (SQ) is common among patients after coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). This study attempted to determine the status of SQ following an intervention based on the PRECEDE-PROCEED model in patients with poor SQ after CABG. Methods: This study was a randomized clinical trial. The study sample, including 100 patients referred to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic of Tehran Heart Center, was assigned either to the intervention (recipient of exercise and lifestyle training plus designed intervention based on the PRECEDE-PROCEED model) or to the control group (recipient of exercise and lifestyle training). Eight training sessions over 8 weeks were conducted for the intervention group. Predisposing, enabling, and reinforcing factors as well as social support and SQ were measured in the intervention group before and one month after the intervention and compared to those in the control group at the same time points. Results: The mean age of the patients in the intervention (24% women) and control (24% women) groups was 59.3 ± 7.3 and 59.5 ± 9.3 years, respectively. The results showed that the mean scores of SQ (p value < 0.001), knowledge (p value < 0.001), beliefs (p value < 0.001), sleep self-efficacy (p value < 0.001), enabling factors (p value < 0.001), reinforcing factors (p value < 0.001), and social support (p value < 0.001) were significantly different between the intervention and control groups after the intervention. Conclusion: Adding an intervention based on the PRECEDE-PROCEED model to the cardiac rehabilitation program may further improve the SQ of patients.

  15. Evaluation of Cranial and Cervical Arteries and Brain Tissue in Transient Ischemic Attack Patients with Magnetic Resonance Angiography and Diffusion-Weighted Imaging

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    Li, Jian-Long; Li, Chang-Shan; Fu, Jun-Hua; Zhang, Ke; Xu, Rui; Xu, Wen-Jian

    2015-01-01

    Background Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) have been widely used in the prediction of ischemic stroke; however, the differences of the 2 methods in detection the artery lesion differences between transient ischemic attack (TIA) and infarction patients have been long neglected. We performed the present study to investigate the differences between vessel characteristics detected by MRA and DWI in acute stroke and TIA patients. Material/Methods We classified 110 subjects into 2 groups and all the patients underwent both MRA and DWI. The degree of stenosis of cranial and cervical arteries, the distribution of the stenosis, the development and changes of the vessels, and the DWI scanning results of the brain tissue were all analyzed. Results We detected a significant difference in the number and the degree of stenosis of cranial and cervical arteries among the 3 groups (P=0.006). Compared with health controls, patients with TIA and cerebral infraction had much more severe stenosis and occlusive arteries (P<0.05). However, no significant difference was detected between TIA and cerebral infraction patients (P=0.148). Moreover, a higher rate of unilateral vertebral artery dysplasia was found in the vertebrobasilar TIA patients. Higher lesion signals were also observed by DWI in TIA patients of internal carotid artery system (4/8, 50%). Conclusions Vessel characteristics were not significantly different between TIA and infarction patients. Unilateral vertebral artery hypoplasia was a predisposing factor for vertebrobasilar TIA and ischemic focus in DWI detection was always caused by severe artery lesions. PMID:26073092

  16. Objective Image-Quality Assessment for High-Resolution Photospheric Images by Median Filter-Gradient Similarity

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    Deng, Hui; Zhang, Dandan; Wang, Tianyu; Ji, Kaifan; Wang, Feng; Liu, Zhong; Xiang, Yongyuan; Jin, Zhenyu; Cao, Wenda

    2015-05-01

    All next-generation ground-based and space-based solar telescopes require a good quality-assessment metric to evaluate their imaging performance. In this paper, a new image quality metric, the median filter-gradient similarity (MFGS) is proposed for photospheric images. MFGS is a no-reference/blind objective image-quality metric (IQM) by a measurement result between 0 and 1 and has been performed on short-exposure photospheric images captured by the New Vacuum Solar Telescope (NVST) of the Fuxian Solar Observatory and by the Solar Optical Telescope (SOT) onboard the Hinode satellite, respectively. The results show that (1) the measured value of the MFGS changes monotonically from 1 to 0 with degradation of image quality; (2) there exists a linear correlation between the measured values of the MFGS and the root-mean-square contrast (RMS-contrast) of the granulation; (3) the MFGS is less affected by the image contents than the granular RMS-contrast. Overall, the MFGS is a good alternative for the quality assessment of photospheric images.

  17. Which histological characteristics of basal cell carcinomas influence the quality of optical coherence tomography imaging?

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    Mogensen, M.; Thrane, L.; Joergensen, T. M.; Nürnberg, B. M.; Jemec, G. B. E.

    2009-07-01

    We explore how histopathology parameters influence OCT imaging of basal cell carcinomas (BCC) and address whether such parameters correlate with the quality of the recorded OCT images. Our results indicate that inflammation impairs OCT imaging and that sun-damaged skin can sometimes provide more clear-cut images of skin cancer lesions using OCT imaging when compared to skin cancer surrounded by skin without sun-damage.

  18. Comparison of Different Edge Detections and Noise Reduction on Ultrasound Images of Carotid and Brachial Arteries Using a Speckle Reducing Anisotropic Diffusion Filter

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    Rafati, Mehravar; Arabfard, Masoud; Rafati-Rahimzadeh, Mehrdad

    2014-01-01

    Background: Common carotid artery (CCA) ultrasound with measurement of intima-media thickness (IMT) is a safe and noninvasive technique for assessing subclinical atherosclerosis and determining cardiovascular risks. Moreover, the pattern of wall thickening in the brachial artery (BA) is rather diffuse compared to the carotid artery and may be a more sensitive indicator of long-term systemic exposure to risk factors. Therefore noninvasive evaluation of mechanical parameters changes of both arteries has gained the attention of researchers. Objectives: The aim of this study was to compare different edge detection techniques with speckle reducing anisotropic diffusion (SRAD) de-noising filter in ultrasound images of both arteries. Patients and Methods: In a cross-sectional design, an examination was performed on ten men with mean age of 40 ± 5 years from September 2012 to March 2013 through random sampling. An ultrasonic examination of the left CCA and BA was performed. The program was designed in the MATLAB software to extract consecutive images in JPEG format from the AVI. Another program was designed in the MATLAB software to apply regions of interest (ROI) on the IMT of the posterior wall of common carotid and brachial arteries. Next, different edge detections and SRAD filter were applied to the ROI, separately. Finally, the program measured mean-squared error (MSE) and peak signal to noise ratio (PSNR). Results: The lowest values of MSE and highest values of PSNR were achieved by Canny edge detection with de-noising SRAD filter for IMT of left CCA and BA in 90 frames. Conclusions: Based on the result, by measuring the MSE and PSNR, this study showed Canny edge detection with SRAD filter is better than other edge detections in terms of speckle suppression and details preservation in CCA and BA ultrasound images. PMID:25593716

  19. Exercise Performance and Quality of Life Following Surgical Repair of Anomalous Aortic Origin of a Coronary Artery in the Pediatric Population

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    Brothers, J.A.; McBride, M.G.; Marino, B.S.; Tomlinson, R.S.; Seliem, M.A.; Pampaloni, M.H.; Gaynor, J.W.; Spray, T.L.; Paridon, S.M.

    2009-01-01

    Objective We sought to evaluate exercise performance and quality of life in children after surgical repair of anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery with an interarterial course. Methods Patients who had surgery 10/2001–1/2007 were eligible for inclusion. Exercise performance and quality of life were prospectively assessed by maximal exercise tests and age-appropriate questionnaires, respectively. We used t-tests to compare pre- and post-operative exercise data and quality of life scores to published normative data. We performed linear regression analyses to assess associations between demographic, anatomic, and exercise variables and quality of life score. Results Of 25/27 patients, 64% were male, 68% had anomalous right coronary, 32% were asymptomatic. Average age at surgery was 10.8 (±4.1) years; median follow-up was 14.5 (2–48) months. Post-operative percent-predicted exercise values were: peak heart rate 97 (±6), working capacity 91 (±15), maximal oxygen consumption 82 (±16). In those who underwent pre-operative exercise testing (n=11), resting and maximal heart rates decreased significantly without significant change in exercise performance. Average child quality of life was 85/100 (±13) and parent-proxy 88 (±11) compared to normal scores of 83 (±15) and 88 (±12), respectively (p=NS). Conclusion There is mild chronotropic impairment in children and adolescents following anomalous coronary artery repair without a decline in exercise performance. This does not appear to impair their overall quality of life. Since long-term effects on heart rate, exercise performance, and quality of life are unknown, serial exercise tests should be included as routine care of these patients. We evaluated exercise performance and quality of life following repair of anomalous coronary artery in children. There was mild chronotropic impairment post-operatively despite maintenance of exercise performance and quality of life. Since long-term effects of surgical repair are unknown, serial exercise tests should be included as routine care. PMID:19185157

  20. No-reference image quality assessment and blind deblurring with sharpness metrics exploiting Fourier phase information

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    of the Fourier phase information. Quality indices divide into three categories : full- reference, reduced, concluding (in 2006) that "the design of application-specific no-reference quality assessment sys- temsNo-reference image quality assessment and blind deblurring with sharpness metrics exploiting

  1. Non-destructive Quality Analysis of Indian Basmati Oryza Sativa SSP Indica (Rice) Using Image Processing

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    Chetna Vasudevbhai Maheshwari; Kavindra R. Jain; Chintan K. Modi

    2012-01-01

    The Agricultural industry on the whole is ancient so far. Quality assessment of grains is a very big challenge since time immemorial. The paper presents a solution for quality evaluation and grading of Rice industry using computer vision and image processing. In this paper basic problem of rice industry for quality assessment is defined which is traditionally done manually by

  2. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MEDICAL IMAGING --FINAL MANUSCRIPT 2004-0117 1 Interactive Virtual Endoscopy in Coronary Arteries

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    Wahle, Andreas

    in Coronary Arteries based on Multi-Modality Fusion Andreas Wahle, Senior Member, IEEE, Mark E. Olszewski-independent virtual endoscopy in human coronary arteries is presented in this pa- per. It incorporates previously results in a three- or four-dimensional (3-D/4-D) model of a coronary artery, specifically of its lumen

  3. Theoretical analysis of correlation-based quality measures for weighted averaging image fusion

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    Chuanming Wei; Rick S. Blum

    2010-01-01

    Recently introduced correlation-based quality measures have received lots of attention due to the fact that they do not need ground-truth reference images to evaluate the performance of image fusion algorithms. In this paper we focus on theoretical analysis of these correlation-based quality measures when they are used to judge the performance of weighted averaging image fusion algorithms. The purpose of

  4. Theoretical analysis of correlation-based quality measures for weighted averaging image fusion

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    Chuanming Wei; Rick S. Blum

    2009-01-01

    Recently introduced correlation-based quality measures have received lots of attention due to the fact that they do not need ground-truth reference images to evaluate the performance of image fusion algorithms. In this paper we focus on theoretical analysis of these correlation-based quality measures when they are used to judge the performance of weighted averaging image fusion algorithms. The purpose of

  5. Contrast-Enhanced MRA of Carotid and Vertebral Arteries

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    Hans-Martin Klein; Ricarda Buchal; Ulrike Achenbach; Stefan Domalski

    2008-01-01

    Purpose:  To assess the image quality of contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (CE-MRA) of the carotid artery with open 0.35-T\\u000a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), compared to a 1.5-T high-field system.\\u000a \\u000a \\u000a \\u000a Patients and Methods:  100 patients were retrospectively evaluated with CE-MRA for suspected carotid or vertebral artery disease. 50 patients were\\u000a investigated using an open-design 0.35-T MRI system, 50 were examined on a 1.5-T

  6. Automated detection of the carotid artery wall in B-mode ultrasound images using active contours initialized by the Hough Transform.

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    Stoitsis, J; Golemati, S; Kendros, S; Nikita, K S

    2008-01-01

    Automatic segmentation of the arterial lumen from ultrasound images is an important and often challenging task in clinical diagnosis. We previously used the Hough Transform (HT) to automatically extract circles from sequences of B-mode ultrasound images of transverse sections of the carotid artery. In this paper, an active-contour-based methodology is suggested, initialized by the HT circle, in an attempt to extend previous findings and to accurately detect the arterial wall boundary. The methodology is based on the generation of a gradient vector flow field, an approach attempting to overcome conventional active contours constraints. Contour estimation is then achieved by deforming the initial curve (circle) based on the gradient vector flow field. In ten normal subjects, the specificity and accuracy of the segmentation were on average higher than 0.98, whereas the sensitivity was higher than 0.82. The methodology was also applied to four subjects with atherosclerosis, in which sensitivity, specificity and accuracy were comparable to those of normal subjects. In conclusion, the HT-initialized active contours methodology provides a reliable tool to detect the carotid artery wall in ultrasound images and can be used in clinical practice. PMID:19163374

  7. A novel quality metric for evaluating depth distribution of artifacts in coded 3D images

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    Olsson, Roger; Sjöström, Mårten

    2008-02-01

    The two-dimensional quality metric Peak-Signal-To-Noise-Ratio (PSNR) is often used to evaluate the quality of coding schemes for different types of light field based 3D-images, e.g. integral imaging or multi-view. The metric results in a single accumulated quality value for the whole 3D-image. Evaluating single views -- seen from specific viewing angles -- gives a quality matrix that present the 3D-image quality as a function of viewing angle. However, these two approaches do not capture all aspects of the induced distortion in a coded 3D-image. We have previously shown coding schemes of similar kind for which coding artifacts are distributed differently with respect to the 3D-image's depth. In this paper we propose a novel metric that captures the depth distribution of coding-induced distortion. Each element in the resulting quality vector corresponds to the quality at a specific depth. First we introduce the proposed full-reference metric and the operations on which it is based. Second, the experimental setup is presented. Finally, the metric is evaluated on a set of differently coded 3D-images and the results are compared, both with previously proposed quality metrics and with visual inspection.

  8. Lesion Insertion in Projection Domain for Computed Tomography Image Quality Assessment

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    Chen, Baiyu; Yu, Zhicong; Leng, Shuai; Yu, Lifeng

    2015-01-01

    To perform task-based image quality assessment in CT, it is desirable to have a large number of realistic patient images with known diagnostic truth. One effective way to achieve this objective is to create hybrid images that combine patient images with simulated lesions. Because conventional hybrid images generated in the image-domain fails to reflect the impact of scan and reconstruction parameters on lesion appearance, this study explored a projection-domain approach. Liver lesion models were forward projected according to the geometry of a commercial CT scanner to acquire lesion projections. The lesion projections were then inserted into patient projections (decoded from commercial CT raw data with the assistance of the vendor) and reconstructed to acquire hybrid images. To validate the accuracy of the forward projection geometry, simulated images reconstructed from the forward projections of a digital ACR phantom were compared to physically acquired ACR phantom images. To validate the hybrid images, lesion models were inserted into patient images and visually assessed. Results showed that the simulated phantom images and the physically acquired phantom images had great similarity in terms of HU accuracy and high-contrast resolution. The lesions in the hybrid image had a realistic appearance and merged naturally into the liver background. In addition, the inserted lesion demonstrated reconstruction-parameter-dependent appearance. Compared to conventional image-domain approach, our method enables more realistic hybrid images for image quality assessment.

  9. Lesion insertion in projection domain for computed tomography image quality assessment

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    Chen, Baiyu; Ma, Chi; Yu, Zhicong; Leng, Shuai; Yu, Lifeng; McCollough, Cynthia

    2015-03-01

    To perform task-based image quality assessment in CT, it is desirable to have a large number of realistic patient images with known diagnostic truth. One effective way to achieve this objective is to create hybrid images that combine patient images with simulated lesions. Because conventional hybrid images generated in the image-domain fails to reflect the impact of scan and reconstruction parameters on lesion appearance, this study explored a projection-domain approach. Liver lesion models were forward projected according to the geometry of a commercial CT scanner to acquire lesion projections. The lesion projections were then inserted into patient projections (decoded from commercial CT raw data with the assistance of the vendor) and reconstructed to acquire hybrid images. To validate the accuracy of the forward projection geometry, simulated images reconstructed from the forward projections of a digital ACR phantom were compared to physically acquired ACR phantom images. To validate the hybrid images, lesion models were inserted into patient images and visually assessed. Results showed that the simulated phantom images and the physically acquired phantom images had great similarity in terms of HU accuracy and high-contrast resolution. The lesions in the hybrid image had a realistic appearance and merged naturally into the liver background. In addition, the inserted lesion demonstrated reconstruction-parameter-dependent appearance. Compared to conventional image-domain approach, our method enables more realistic hybrid images for image quality assessment.

  10. Recent developments in hyperspectral imaging for assessment of food quality and safety.

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    Huang, Hui; Liu, Li; Ngadi, Michael O

    2014-01-01

    Hyperspectral imaging which combines imaging and spectroscopic technology is rapidly gaining ground as a non-destructive, real-time detection tool for food quality and safety assessment. Hyperspectral imaging could be used to simultaneously obtain large amounts of spatial and spectral information on the objects being studied. This paper provides a comprehensive review on the recent development of hyperspectral imaging applications in food and food products. The potential and future work of hyperspectral imaging for food quality and safety control is also discussed. PMID:24759119

  11. CT of the pancreas: comparison of image quality and pancreatic duct depiction among model-based iterative, adaptive statistical iterative, and filtered back projection reconstruction techniques.

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    Lin, Xiao-Zhu; Machida, Haruhiko; Tanaka, Isao; Fukui, Rika; Ueno, Eiko; Chen, Ke-Min; Yan, Fu-Hua

    2014-06-01

    The purpose of this study is to compare CT images of the pancreas reconstructed with model-based iterative reconstruction (MBIR), adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASiR), and filtered back projection (FBP) techniques for image quality and pancreatic duct (PD) depiction. Data from 40 patients with contrast-enhanced abdominal CT [CTDIvol: 10.3 ± 3.0 (mGy)] during the late arterial phase were reconstructed with FBP, 40% ASiR-FBP blending, and MBIR. Two radiologists assessed the depiction of the main PD, image noise, and overall image quality using 5-point scale independently. Objective CT value and noise were measured in the pancreatic parenchyma, and the contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) of the PD was calculated. The Friedman test and post-hoc multiple comparisons with Bonferroni test following one-way ANOVA were used for qualitative and quantitative assessment, respectively. For the subjective assessment, scores for MBIR were significantly higher than those for FBP and 40% ASiR (all P < 0.001). No significant differences in CT values of the pancreatic parenchyma were noted among FBP, 40% ASiR, and MBIR images (P > 0.05). Objective image noise was significantly lower and CNR of the PD was higher with MBIR than with FBP and 40% ASiR (all P < 0.05). Our results suggest that pancreatic CT images reconstructed with MBIR have lower image noise, better image quality, and higher conspicuity and CNR of the PD compared with FBP and ASiR. PMID:24496703

  12. Quality assessment of stereoscopic 3D image compression by binocular integration behaviors.

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    Lin, Yu-Hsun; Wu, Ja-Ling

    2014-04-01

    The objective approaches of 3D image quality assessment play a key role for the development of compression standards and various 3D multimedia applications. The quality assessment of 3D images faces more new challenges, such as asymmetric stereo compression, depth perception, and virtual view synthesis, than its 2D counterparts. In addition, the widely used 2D image quality metrics (e.g., PSNR and SSIM) cannot be directly applied to deal with these newly introduced challenges. This statement can be verified by the low correlation between the computed objective measures and the subjectively measured mean opinion scores (MOSs), when 3D images are the tested targets. In order to meet these newly introduced challenges, in this paper, besides traditional 2D image metrics, the binocular integration behaviors-the binocular combination and the binocular frequency integration, are utilized as the bases for measuring the quality of stereoscopic 3D images. The effectiveness of the proposed metrics is verified by conducting subjective evaluations on publicly available stereoscopic image databases. Experimental results show that significant consistency could be reached between the measured MOS and the proposed metrics, in which the correlation coefficient between them can go up to 0.88. Furthermore, we found that the proposed metrics can also address the quality assessment of the synthesized color-plus-depth 3D images well. Therefore, it is our belief that the binocular integration behaviors are important factors in the development of objective quality assessment for 3D images. PMID:24569441

  13. Multidetector CT and three-dimensional CT angiography of upper extremity arterial injury.

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    Fritz, Jan; Efron, David T; Fishman, Elliot K

    2015-06-01

    Successful management of upper extremity arterial injury requires fast and accurate diagnosis. The rate of limb preservation depends on the location, severity, and time of ischemia. Indications for diagnostic imaging depend on the mechanism and type of injury, clinical signs, cardiovascular stability, and clinical suspicion. Because of ease of access, speed, and high accuracy for this diagnosis, multidetector computed tomographic (MDCT) angiography is often used as the first line imaging modality. MDCT systems with 64 slice configuration and more afford high temporal and spatial high-resolution, isotropic data acquisition and integration with whole-body trauma MDCT protocols. The use of individual injection timing protocols ensures high diagnostic image quality. Several strategies are available to reduce radiation exposure. Direct MDCT angiography findings of arterial injuries include active extravasation, luminal narrowing, lack of luminal contrast opacification, filling defect, arteriovenous fistula, and pseudoaneurysm. Important descriptors are location and length of defect, degree of luminal narrowing, and presence of distal arterial supply reconstitution. Proximal arterial injuries include the subclavian, axillary, and brachial arteries. Distal arterial injuries include the ulnar and radial arteries, as well as the palmar arterial arches. Concomitant venous injury, musculoskeletal injury, and nerve damage are common. In this exhibit, we outline the role of MDCT angiography in the diagnosis and management of upper extremity arterial injury, discuss strategies for MDCT angiography acquisition and concepts of data visualization, and illustrate various types of injuries. PMID:25504031

  14. Use of technetium-99m isonitrile (RP-30A) in assessing left ventricular perfusion and function at rest and during exercise in coronary artery disease, and comparison with coronary arteriography and exercise thallium-201 SPECT imaging

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    Iskandrian, A.S.; Heo, J.; Kong, B.; Lyons, E.; Marsch, S. (Philadelphia Heart Institute, PA (USA))

    1989-08-01

    This study compared the results of stress and rest single-photon emission computed tomography imaging of myocardial perfusion using technetium-99m isonitrile (RP-30A) with the results of stress and redistribution tomographic thallium imaging and the results of coronary arteriography in 39 patients, 11 without and 28 with coronary artery disease (CAD). Each patient underwent 2 exercise studies at identical workload, heart rate and double product. In a subset of 13 patients, concomitant evaluation of left ventricular (LV) function using first-pass radionuclide angiography with a multi-crystal camera also was performed with bolus injections of isonitrile. Isonitrile had similar sensitivity (82 vs 82%, difference not significant), a slightly--but not significantly--higher specificity (100 vs 82%) and similar predictive accuracy (87 vs 82%) to thallium-201. The tracer uptake was assessed in 20 segments/study. There was concordance between the isonitrile and thallium-201 images in 723 of the 780 segments (93%) (kappa = 0.83 +/- 0.02). In general, the isonitrile images were considered of better quality than the thallium-201 images. All 10 patients with CAD who underwent concomitant first-pass radionuclide angiography had either perfusion abnormalities or an abnormal ejection fraction response to exercise. Thus, technetium-99m isonitrile provides a reliable method of assessment of CAD with a sensitivity, specificity and predictive accuracy comparable to that of exercise thallium-201 imaging. Additional advantages include better image quality and the ability to obtain concomitant assessment of LV function with the use of first-pass radionuclide angiography.

  15. CT angiography of neonates and infants: comparison of radiation dose and image quality of target mode prospectively ECG-gated 320-MDCT and ungated helical 64-MDCT.

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    Jadhav, Siddharth P; Golriz, Farahnaz; Atweh, Lamya A; Zhang, Wei; Krishnamurthy, Rajesh

    2015-02-01

    OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the radiation dose and image quality of target mode prospectively ECG-gated volumetric CT angiography (CTA) performed with a 320-MDCT scanner compared with the radiation dose and image quality of ungated helical CTA performed with a 64-MDCT scanner. MATERIALS AND METHODS. An experience with CTA for cardiovascular indications in neonates and infants 0-6 months old was retrospectively assessed. Radiation doses and quantitative and qualitative image quality scores of 28 CTA examinations performed with a 320-MDCT scanner and volumetric target mode prospective ECG gating plus iterative reconstruction (target mode) were compared with the doses and scores of 28 CTA examinations performed with a 64-MDCT scanner and ungated helical scanning plus filtered back projection reconstruction (ungated mode). All target mode studies were performed during free breathing. Seven ungated CTA examinations (25%) were performed with general endotracheal anesthesia. The findings of 17 preoperative CTA examinations performed in target mode were also compared with surgical reports for evaluation of diagnostic accuracy. RESULTS. All studies performed with target mode technique were diagnostic for the main clinical indication. Effective doses were significantly lower in the target mode group (0.51 ± 0.19 mSv) compared with the ungated mode group (4.8 ± 1.4 mSv) (p < 0.0001). Quantitative analysis revealed no statistically significant difference between the two groups with respect to signal-to-noise ratio (of pulmonary artery and aorta) and contrast-to-noise ratio. Subjective image quality was significantly better with target mode than with ungated mode (p < 0.0001). CONCLUSION. Target mode prospectively ECG-gated volumetric scanning with iterative reconstruction performed with a 320-MDCT scanner has several benefits in cardiovascular imaging of neonates and infants, including low radiation dose, improved image quality, high diagnostic accuracy, and ability to perform free-breathing studies. PMID:25615779

  16. Diffusion Tensor Imaging: on the assessment of data quality - a preliminary bootstrap analysis

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    S. Heim; K. Hahn; D. P. Auer

    2003-01-01

    In the field of nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has proven an important method for the characterisation of ultrastructural tissue properties. Yet various technical and biological sources of signal uncertainty may prolong into variables derived from diffusion weighted images and thus compromise data validity and reliability. To gain an objective quality rating of real raw data we

  17. The quest for "diagnostically lossless" medical image compression: A comparative study of objective quality

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    Wang, Zhou

    The quest for "diagnostically lossless" medical image compression: A comparative study of objective quality metrics for compressed medical images Ilona Kowalik-Urbaniaka, Dominique Bruneta, Jiheng Wangb,NSK) as well as a leading international developer of medical imaging software (AGFA), is primarily concerned

  18. Visible to SWIR hyperspectral imaging for produce safety and quality evaluation

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    Hyperspectral imaging techniques, combining the advantages of spectroscopy and imaging, have found wider use in food quality and safety evaluation applications during the past decade. In light of the prevalent use of hyperspectral imaging techniques in the visible to near-infrared (VNIR: 400 -1000 n...

  19. Evaluation of Extrahepatic Perfusion of Anticancer Drugs in the Right Gastric Arterial Region on Fused Images Using Combined CT/SPECT: Is Extrahepatic Perfusion Predictive of Gastric Toxicity?

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    Ikeda, Osamu, E-mail: osamu-3643ik@do9.enjoy.ne.jp; Tamura, Yoshitaka; Nakasone, Yutaka; Shiraishi, Shinya; Kawanaka, Kouichi; Tomiguchi, Seiji; Morishita, Shouji [Kumamoto University Graduate School of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Diagnostic Radiology (Japan); Takamori, Hiroshi; Chikamoto, Akira; Kanemitsu, Keiichirou [Kumamoto University Graduate School of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Gastroenterological Surgery (Japan); Yamashita, Yasuyuki [Kumamoto University Graduate School of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Department of Diagnostic Radiology (Japan)

    2007-06-15

    Background. Hepatic arterial infusion (HAI) chemotherapy is effective for treating primary and metastatic carcinomas of the liver. Since hepatic arteries also supply the stomach and duodenum, HAI may result in unwanted infusion into the upper gastrointestinal tract and consequent gastric toxicity. Using fused images obtained with a combined SPECT/CT system, we assessed extrahepatic perfusion (EHP) and its correlation with gastrointestinal toxicity in patients receiving HAI. Methods. We studied 41 patients with primary or metastatic carcinoma of the liver who received HAI chemotherapy consisting of 5-fluorouracil and cisplatin. All underwent abdominal SPECT using a {sup 99m}Tc-MAA (185 MBq) instrument and an injection rate of 0.1 ml/min, identical to the chemotherapy infusion rate. Delivery was through an implantable port. We analyzed the distribution of the anticancer agent on fused images and the relationship between EHP of the right gastric arterial region and gastric toxicity. All patients underwent esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGDS). Results. Of the 41 patients, 11 (27%) manifested enhancement of the duodenal and gastric pyloric region on fused images. EGDS at the time of reservoir placement detected gastric ulcers in 10 of these patients. Conclusion. Fusion imaging with combined SPECT/CT reflects the actual distribution of the infused anticancer agents. The detection of EHP on fused images is predictive of the direct gastric toxicity from anticancer agents in patients undergoing HAI.

  20. Quality evaluation of adaptive optical image based on DCT and Rényi entropy

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    Xu, Yuannan; Li, Junwei; Wang, Jing; Deng, Rong; Dong, Yanbing

    2015-04-01

    The adaptive optical telescopes play a more and more important role in the detection system on the ground, and the adaptive optical images are so many that we need find a suitable method of quality evaluation to choose good quality images automatically in order to save human power. It is well known that the adaptive optical images are no-reference images. In this paper, a new logarithmic evaluation method based on the use of the discrete cosine transform(DCT) and Rényi entropy for the adaptive optical images is proposed. Through the DCT using one or two dimension window, the statistical property of Rényi entropy for images is studied. The different directional Rényi entropy maps of an input image containing different information content are obtained. The mean values of different directional Rényi entropy maps are calculated. For image quality evaluation, the different directional Rényi entropy and its standard deviation corresponding to region of interest is selected as an indicator for the anisotropy of the images. The standard deviation of different directional Rényi entropy is obtained as the quality evaluation value for adaptive optical image. Experimental results show the proposed method that the sorting quality matches well with the visual inspection.

  1. Hemodynamics in Normal Cerebral Arteries: Qualitative Comparison of 4D Phase-Contrast Magnetic Resonance and Image-Based Computational Fluid Dynamics

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    Cebral, Juan R.; Putman, Christopher M.; Alley, Marcus T.; Hope, Thomas; Bammer, Roland; Calamante, Fernando

    2009-01-01

    Detailed knowledge of the hemodynamic conditions in normal cerebral arteries is important for a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms leading to the initiation and progression of cerebrovascular diseases. Information about the baseline values of hemodynamic variables such as wall shear stresses is necessary for comparison to pathological conditions such as in cerebral aneurysms or arterial stenoses. The purpose of this study was to compare the blood flow patterns in cerebral arteries of normal subjects determined by 4D phase-contrast magnetic resonance and image-based computational fluid dynamics techniques in order to assess their consistency and to highlight their differences. The goal was not to validate (or disprove) any of the two methodologies but rather to identify regions where disagreements are to be expected and to provide guidance when interpreting the data produced by each technique. PMID:19684874

  2. Multi-modal pharmacokinetic modelling for DCE-MRI: using diffusion weighted imaging to constrain the local arterial input function

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    Hamy, Valentin; Modat, Marc; Shipley, Rebecca; Dikaios, Nikos; Cleary, Jon; Punwani, Shonit; Ourselin, Sebastien; Atkinson, David; Melbourne, Andrew

    2014-03-01

    The routine acquisition of multi-modal magnetic resonance imaging data in oncology yields the possibility of combined model fitting of traditionally separate models of tissue structure and function. In this work we hypothesise that diffusion weighted imaging data may help constrain the fitting of pharmacokinetic models to dynamic contrast enhanced (DCE) MRI data. Parameters related to tissue perfusion in the intra-voxel incoherent motion (IVIM) modelling of diffusion weighted MRI provide local information on how tissue is likely to perfuse that can be utilised to guide DCE modelling via local modification of the arterial input function (AIF). In this study we investigate, based on multi-parametric head and neck MRI of 8 subjects (4 with head and neck tumours), the benefit of incorporating parameters derived from the IVIM model within the DCE modelling procedure. Although we find the benefit of this procedure to be marginal on the data used in this work, it is conceivable that a technique of this type will be of greater use in a different application.

  3. Lumen segmentation and motion estimation in B-mode and contrast-enhanced ultrasound images of the carotid artery in patients with atherosclerotic plaque.

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    Carvalho, Diego D B; Akkus, Zeynettin; van den Oord, Stijn C H; Schinkel, Arend F L; van der Steen, Antonius F W; Niessen, Wiro J; Bosch, Johan G; Klein, Stefan

    2015-04-01

    In standard B-mode ultrasound (BMUS), segmentation of the lumen of atherosclerotic carotid arteries and studying the lumen geometry over time are difficult owing to irregular lumen shapes, noise, artifacts, and echolucent plaques. Contrast enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) improves lumen visualization, but lumen segmentation remains challenging owing to varying intensities, CEUS-specific artifacts and lack of tissue visualization. To overcome these challenges, we propose a novel method using simultaneously acquired BMUS&CEUS image sequences. Initially, the method estimates nonrigid motion (NME) from the image sequences, using intensity-based image registration. The motion-compensated image sequence is then averaged to obtain a single "epitome" image with improved signal-to-noise ratio. The lumen is segmented from the epitome image through an intensity joint-histogram classification and a graph-based segmentation. NME was validated by comparing displacements with manual annotations in 11 carotids. The average root mean square error (RMSE) was 112±73 ?m . Segmentation results were validated against manual delineations in the epitome images of two different datasets, respectively containing 11 (RMSE 191±43 ?m) and 10 (RMSE 351±176 ?m ) carotids. From the deformation fields, we derived arterial distensibility with values comparable to the literature. The average errors in all experiments were in the inter-observer variability range. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study exploiting combined BMUS&CEUS images for atherosclerotic carotid lumen segmentation. PMID:25423650

  4. Local homogeneity combined with DCT statistics to blind noisy image quality assessment

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    Yang, Lingxian; Chen, Li; Chen, Heping

    2015-03-01

    In this paper a novel method for blind noisy image quality assessment is proposed. First, it is believed that human visual system (HVS) is more sensitive to the local smoothness area in a noise image, an adaptively local homogeneous block selection algorithm is proposed to construct a new homogeneous image named as homogeneity blocks (HB) based on computing each pixel characteristic. Second, applying the discrete cosine transform (DCT) for each HB and using high frequency component to evaluate image noise level. Finally, a modified peak signal to noise ratio (MPSNR) image quality assessment approach is proposed based on analysis DCT kurtosis distributions change and noise level above-mentioned. Simulations show that the quality scores that produced from the proposed algorithm are well correlated with the human perception of quality and also have a stability performance.

  5. Image quality evaluation of space optical remote sensor with segmented mirror

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    Wen, Yan; Yan, Ji-xiang

    2008-03-01

    The design of segmented mirror is an effective way to increase the resolution of space optical remote sensor. We analyze the gaps and piston that affecting the system imaging performance. The corresponding Point Spread Function (PSF), modulation transfer functions (MTF) and SR (Strehl Ratio) are presented. The General Image Quality Equation (GIQE) is used to Linking NIIRS to those effects to provide engineering the criteria for system performance. We show an example of how NIIRS is applied to measure the influence of these effects on system performance. In the example, the ? NIIRS is computed by GIQE. ? NIIRS is performed to measure small loss in image quality. When the ? NIIRS is more than 0.2, the loss of image quality are non-negligible. The experiment show the NIIRS can provide a simple, yet powerful, tool for assessing and communicating image quality and sensor system requirements.

  6. Human visual system consistent quality assessment for remote sensing image fusion

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    Liu, Jun; Huang, Junyi; Liu, Shuguang; Li, Huali; Zhou, Qiming; Liu, Junchen

    2015-07-01

    Quality assessment for image fusion is essential for remote sensing application. Generally used indices require a high spatial resolution multispectral (MS) image for reference, which is not always readily available. Meanwhile, the fusion quality assessments using these indices may not be consistent with the Human Visual System (HVS). As an attempt to overcome this requirement and inconsistency, this paper proposes an HVS-consistent image fusion quality assessment index at the highest resolution without a reference MS image using Gaussian Scale Space (GSS) technology that could simulate the HVS. The spatial details and spectral information of original and fused images are first separated in GSS, and the qualities are evaluated using the proposed spatial and spectral quality index respectively. The overall quality is determined without a reference MS image by a combination of the proposed two indices. Experimental results on various remote sensing images indicate that the proposed index is more consistent with HVS evaluation compared with other widely used indices that may or may not require reference images.

  7. Numerical 3D models used for an evaluation of software tools dedicated to an automatic quality control of EPID images

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    for the treatment. Therefore, the quality control of portal images3, 4, 5, 6, 7 is essential for this task. Software tools8 that are capable to perform an automatic quality control of EPID images in terms of spatial of EPID images quality control faster, more precise and more complete. Therefore, the software tools

  8. Near-infrared hyperspectral imaging for quality analysis of agricultural and food products

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    Singh, C. B.; Jayas, D. S.; Paliwal, J.; White, N. D. G.

    2010-04-01

    Agricultural and food processing industries are always looking to implement real-time quality monitoring techniques as a part of good manufacturing practices (GMPs) to ensure high-quality and safety of their products. Near-infrared (NIR) hyperspectral imaging is gaining popularity as a powerful non-destructive tool for quality analysis of several agricultural and food products. This technique has the ability to analyse spectral data in a spatially resolved manner (i.e., each pixel in the image has its own spectrum) by applying both conventional image processing and chemometric tools used in spectral analyses. Hyperspectral imaging technique has demonstrated potential in detecting defects and contaminants in meats, fruits, cereals, and processed food products. This paper discusses the methodology of hyperspectral imaging in terms of hardware, software, calibration, data acquisition and compression, and development of prediction and classification algorithms and it presents a thorough review of the current applications of hyperspectral imaging in the analyses of agricultural and food products.

  9. Image quality of increased along-scan sampling for remote sensing systems

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    Fiete, Robert D.; Tantalo, Theodore A.

    1999-05-01

    Commercial remote sensing systems generally employ a linear detector array for imaging the ground scene. Strategies for increasing the ground sampling along one direction of the array can be employed to improve the image quality. Image simulations were generated to quantify the image quality improvement, in terms of the National Image Interpretability Scale (NIIRS), as the sampling is increased in the along- scan (A/S) direction of the array. The simulations modeled a remote sensing system with (lambda) FN/p equals 1 (where FN is the system f-number and p is the detector sampling pitch) and show that an image quality improvement of approximately 0.35 NIIRS can be achieved if the sampling rate is increased in the A/S direction by 2X.

  10. Comparison of retinal image quality with spherical and customized aspheric intraocular lenses

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    Guo, Huanqing; Goncharov, Alexander V.; Dainty, Chris

    2012-01-01

    We hypothesize that an intraocular lens (IOL) with higher-order aspheric surfaces customized for an individual eye provides improved retinal image quality, despite the misalignments that accompany cataract surgery. To test this hypothesis, ray-tracing eye models were used to investigate 10 designs of mono-focal single lens IOLs with rotationally symmetric spherical, aspheric, and customized surfaces. Retinal image quality of pseudo-phakic eyes using these IOLs together with individual variations in ocular and IOL parameters, are evaluated using a Monte Carlo analysis. We conclude that customized lenses should give improved retinal image quality despite the random errors resulting from IOL insertion. PMID:22574257

  11. Cardiac magnetic resonance and computed tomography angiography for clinical imaging of stable coronary artery disease. Diagnostic classification and risk stratification

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    Korosoglou, Grigorios; Giusca, Sorin; Gitsioudis, Gitsios; Erbel, Christian; Katus, Hugo A.

    2014-01-01

    Despite advances in the pharmacologic and interventional treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD), atherosclerosis remains the leading cause of death in Western societies. X-ray coronary angiography has been the modality of choice for diagnosing the presence and extent of CAD. However, this technique is invasive and provides limited information on the composition of atherosclerotic plaque. Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) have emerged as promising non-invasive techniques for the clinical imaging of CAD. Hereby, CCTA allows for visualization of coronary calcification, lumen narrowing and atherosclerotic plaque composition. In this regard, data from the CONFIRM Registry recently demonstrated that both atherosclerotic plaque burden and lumen narrowing exhibit incremental value for the prediction of future cardiac events. However, due to technical limitations with CCTA, resulting in false positive or negative results in the presence of severe calcification or motion artifacts, this technique cannot entirely replace invasive angiography at the present time. CMR on the other hand, provides accurate assessment of the myocardial function due to its high spatial and temporal resolution and intrinsic blood-to-tissue contrast. Hereby, regional wall motion and perfusion abnormalities, during dobutamine or vasodilator stress, precede the development of ST-segment depression and anginal symptoms enabling the detection of functionally significant CAD. While CT generally offers better spatial resolution, the versatility of CMR can provide information on myocardial function, perfusion, and viability, all without ionizing radiation for the patients. Technical developments with these 2 non-invasive imaging tools and their current implementation in the clinical imaging of CAD will be presented and discussed herein. PMID:25147526

  12. Multi-level tree analysis of pulmonary artery/vein trees in non-contrast CT images

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    Gao, Zhiyun; Grout, Randall W.; Hoffman, Eric A.; Saha, Punam K.

    2012-02-01

    Diseases like pulmonary embolism and pulmonary hypertension are associated with vascular dystrophy. Identifying such pulmonary artery/vein (A/V) tree dystrophy in terms of quantitative measures via CT imaging significantly facilitates early detection of disease or a treatment monitoring process. A tree structure, consisting of nodes and connected arcs, linked to the volumetric representation allows multi-level geometric and volumetric analysis of A/V trees. Here, a new theory and method is presented to generate multi-level A/V tree representation of volumetric data and to compute quantitative measures of A/V tree geometry and topology at various tree hierarchies. The new method is primarily designed on arc skeleton computation followed by a tree construction based topologic and geometric analysis of the skeleton. The method starts with a volumetric A/V representation as input and generates its topologic and multi-level volumetric tree representations long with different multi-level morphometric measures. A new recursive merging and pruning algorithms are introduced to detect bad junctions and noisy branches often associated with digital geometric and topologic analysis. Also, a new notion of shortest axial path is introduced to improve the skeletal arc joining two junctions. The accuracy of the multi-level tree analysis algorithm has been evaluated using computer generated phantoms and pulmonary CT images of a pig vessel cast phantom while the reproducibility of method is evaluated using multi-user A/V separation of in vivo contrast-enhanced CT images of a pig lung at different respiratory volumes.

  13. Angioplasty and stenting for severe vertebral artery orifice stenosis: effects on cerebellar function remodeling verified by blood oxygen level-dependent functional magnetic resonance imaging

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    Liu, Bo; Li, Zhiwei; Xie, Peng

    2014-01-01

    Vertebral artery orifice stenting may improve blood supply of the posterior circulation of the brain to regions such as the cerebellum and brainstem. However, previous studies have mainly focused on recovery of cerebral blood flow and perfusion in the posterior circulation after interventional therapy. This study examined the effects of functional recovery of local brain tissue on cerebellar function remodeling using blood oxygen level-dependent functional magnetic resonance imaging before and after interventional therapy. A total of 40 Chinese patients with severe unilateral vertebral artery orifice stenosis were enrolled in this study. Patients were equally and randomly assigned to intervention and control groups. The control group received drug treatment only. The intervention group received vertebral artery orifice angioplasty and stenting + identical drug treatment to the control group. At 13 days after treatment, the Dizziness Handicap Inventory score was compared between the intervention and control groups. Cerebellar function remodeling was observed between the two groups using blood oxygen level-dependent functional magnetic resonance imaging. The improvement in dizziness handicap and cerebellar function was more obvious in the intervention group than in the control group. Interventional therapy for severe vertebral artery orifice stenosis may effectively promote cerebellar function remodeling and exert neuroprotective effects. PMID:25657727

  14. Sustained release nitroglycerin improves myocardial thallium-201 images in men with coronary artery disease

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    Steele, P.; Kirch, D.; Levitt, P.

    1984-06-22

    Ten men with coronary disease and angina-limited exercise participated in a study of the effects of sustained release nitroglycerin capsules on exercise performance and myocardial thallium images. Dose titration to ascertain the maximally tolerated dose, 6.5 to 26 mg orally four times a day, followed by double-blind, placebo-controlled cross-over treatment was undertaken. Following the administration of sustained release nitroglycerin exercise performance and exercise thallium images improved and appeared to remain so for four hours.

  15. Body image and college women's quality of life: The importance of being self-compassionate.

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    Duarte, Cristiana; Ferreira, Cláudia; Trindade, Inês A; Pinto-Gouveia, José

    2015-06-01

    This study explored self-compassion as a mediator between body dissatisfaction, social comparison based on body image and quality of life in 662 female college students. Path analysis revealed that while controlling for body mass index, self-compassion mediated the impact of body dissatisfaction and unfavourable social comparisons on psychological quality of life. The path model accounted for 33?per cent of psychological quality of life variance. Findings highlight the importance of self-compassion as a mechanism that may operate on the association between negative body image evaluations and young women's quality of life. PMID:26032792

  16. Quality analysis of the aggregate imaging system (AIMS) 

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    Bathina, Manjula

    2005-08-29

    is the first step towards the development of valid specifications for these characteristics. Current test methods used in practice have several limitations in quantifying the shape and texture properties. An imaging based test method ??Aggregate Imaging System...

  17. Evaluation of Urban Environmental Quality with High Resolution Satellite Images

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    Meichun Yan; Liliang Ren; Xiufeng He; Wengang Sang

    2008-01-01

    It can serve for the city planning scientifically and improve the people's daily life level actively to evaluate the urban environment status efficiently from the meter resolution satellite images such as IKONOS images and QUICKBIRD images. We can obtain the environment information such as vegetation type and its cover area, water body area and water pollution status, the air pollution

  18. Image quality improvement by the structured light illumination method in an optical readout cantilever array infrared imaging system.

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    Feng, Yun; Zhao, Yuejin; Liu, Ming; Dong, Liquan; Yu, Xiaomei; Kong, Lingqin; Ma, Wei; Liu, Xiaohua

    2015-04-01

    The structured light illumination method is applied in an optical readout uncooled infrared imaging system to improve the IR image quality. The unavoidable nonuniform distribution of the initial bending angles of the bimaterial cantilever pixels in the focal plane array (FPA) can be well compensated by this method. An ordinary projector is used to generate structured lights of different intensity distribution. The projected light is divided into patches of rectangular regions, and the brightness of each region can be set automatically according to the deflection angles of the FPA and the light intensity focused on the imaging plane. By this method, the FPA image on the CCD plane can be much more uniform and the image quality of the IR target improved significantly. A comparative experiment is designed to verify the effectiveness. The theoretical analysis and experimental results show that the proposed structured light illumination method outperforms the conventional one, especially when it is difficult to perfect the FPA fabrication. PMID:25831340

  19. Application of image quality metamerism to investigate gold color area in cultural property

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    Miyata, Kimiyoshi; Tsumura, Norimichi

    2013-01-01

    A concept of image quality metamerism as an expansion of conventional metamerism defined in color science is introduced, and it is applied to segment similar color areas in a cultural property. The image quality metamerism can unify different image quality attributes based on an index showing the degree of image quality metamerism proposed. As a basic research step, the index is consisted of color and texture information and examined to investigate a cultural property. The property investigated is a pair of folding screen paintings that depict the thriving city of Kyoto designated as a nationally important cultural property in Japan. Gold-colored areas painted by using high granularity colorants compared with other color areas are evaluated based on the image quality metamerism index locally, then the index is visualized as a map showing the possibility of the image quality metamer to the reference pixel set in the same image. This visualization means a segmentation of areas where color is similar but texture is different. The experimental result showed that the proposed method was effective to show areas of gold color areas in the property.

  20. Improving image quality in medical images using a combined method of undecimated wavelet transform and wavelet coefficient mapping.

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    Tsai, Du-Yih; Matsuyama, Eri; Chen, Hsian-Min

    2013-01-01

    We propose a method for improving image quality in medical images by using a wavelet-based approach. The proposed method integrates two components: image denoising and image enhancement. In the first component, a modified undecimated discrete wavelet transform is used to eliminate the noise. In the second component, a wavelet coefficient mapping function is applied to enhance the contrast of denoised images obtained from the first component. This methodology can be used not only as a means for improving visual quality of medical images but also as a preprocessing module for computer-aided detection/diagnosis systems to improve the performance of screening and detecting regions of interest in images. To confirm its superiority over existing state-of-the-art methods, the proposed method is experimentally evaluated via 30 mammograms and 20 chest radiographs. It is demonstrated that the proposed method can further improve the image quality of mammograms and chest radiographs, as compared to two other methods in the literature. These results reveal the effectiveness and superiority of the proposed method. PMID:24382951

  1. Improving Image Quality in Medical Images Using a Combined Method of Undecimated Wavelet Transform and Wavelet Coefficient Mapping

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    Tsai, Du-Yih; Chen, Hsian-Min

    2013-01-01

    We propose a method for improving image quality in medical images by using a wavelet-based approach. The proposed method integrates two components: image denoising and image enhancement. In the first component, a modified undecimated discrete wavelet transform is used to eliminate the noise. In the second component, a wavelet coefficient mapping function is applied to enhance the contrast of denoised images obtained from the first component. This methodology can be used not only as a means for improving visual quality of medical images but also as a preprocessing module for computer-aided detection/diagnosis systems to improve the performance of screening and detecting regions of interest in images. To confirm its superiority over existing state-of-the-art methods, the proposed method is experimentally evaluated via 30 mammograms and 20 chest radiographs. It is demonstrated that the proposed method can further improve the image quality of mammograms and chest radiographs, as compared to two other methods in the literature. These results reveal the effectiveness and superiority of the proposed method. PMID:24382951

  2. Uncommon CT imaging of the hepatic falciform artery in patients presenting with very unusual variants of gastrointestinal arteries: report of two cases.

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    Coulier, Bruno

    2015-07-01

    The hepatic falciform artery (HFA) may be found in 68 % of subjects in post-mortem dissections. It is well known by interventional radiologists who perform selective hepatic angiography. The reason essentially results from the potential supraumbilical skin complications which may produce by the distribution of chemotherapeutic agents through the HFA after transcatheter chemoinfusion or chemoembolization for liver tumors. Nevertheless, the spontaneous visualization of the HFA remains very unusual in current abdominal CT practice. We hereby report the demonstration of a patent HFA during conventional abdominal CT in two patients presenting without liver disease but in which very unusual variants of the gastrointestinal arteries were simultaneously found. The first patient had a common celiomesenteric trunk and the second had a severe compression of both the celiac trunk and superior mesenteric artery by the median arcuate ligament of the diaphragm. We shortly review the literature about these rare variants. We hypothesize that the HFA was spontaneously visible in our patients because of hypertrophy due supplying collateralization. PMID:25791132

  3. LEDs as light source: examining quality of acquired images

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    Bachnak, Rafic; Funtanilla, Jeng; Hernandez, Jose

    2004-05-01

    Recent advances in technology have made light emitting diodes (LEDs) viable in a number of applications, including vehicle stoplights, traffic lights, machine-vision-inspection, illumination, and street signs. This paper presents the results of comparing images taken by a videoscope using two different light sources. One of the sources is the internal metal halide lamp and the other is a LED placed at the tip of the insertion tube. Images acquired using these two light sources were quantitatively compared using their histogram, intensity profile along a line segment, and edge detection. Also, images were qualitatively compared using image registration and transformation. The gray-level histogram, edge detection, image profile and image registration do not offer conclusive results. The LED light source, however, produces good images for visual inspection by an operator. The paper will present the results and discuss the usefulness and shortcomings of various comparison methods.

  4. Nondestructive spectroscopic and imaging techniques for quality evaluation and assessment of fish and fish products.

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    He, Hong-Ju; Wu, Di; Sun, Da-Wen

    2015-01-01

    Nowadays, people have increasingly realized the importance of acquiring high quality and nutritional values of fish and fish products in their daily diet. Quality evaluation and assessment are always expected and conducted by using rapid and nondestructive methods in order to satisfy both producers and consumers. During the past two decades, spectroscopic and imaging techniques have been developed to nondestructively estimate and measure quality attributes of fish and fish products. Among these noninvasive methods, visible/near-infrared (VIS/NIR) spectroscopy, computer/machine vision, and hyperspectral imaging have been regarded as powerful and effective analytical tools for fish quality analysis and control. VIS/NIR spectroscopy has been widely applied to determine intrinsic quality characteristics of fish samples, such as moisture, protein, fat, and salt. Computer/machine vision on the other hand mainly focuses on the estimation of external features like color, weight, size, and surface defects. Recently, by incorporating both spectroscopy and imaging techniques in one system, hyperspectral imaging cannot only measure the contents of different quality attributes simultaneously, but also obtain the spatial distribution of such attributes when the quality of fish samples are evaluated and measured. This paper systematically reviews the research advances of these three nondestructive optical techniques in the application of fish quality evaluation and determination and discuss future trends in the developments of nondestructive technologies for further quality characterization in fish and fish products. PMID:24915393

  5. Clinical Image Quality Assessment of Accelerated Magnetic Resonance Neuroimaging Using Compressed Sensing

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    Southern California, University of

    Clinical Image Quality Assessment of Accelerated Magnetic Resonance Neuroimaging Using Compressed abnormality. Conclusion: Compressed sensing is able to moderately accelerate certain neu- roimaging sequences methods are capable of accelerating clinical magnetic resonance neuroimaging sequences. Methods: Two 2

  6. The effect of stereoscopic display luminance and ambient illuminance on physiological measurement and image quality

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    Wang, Pei-Chia; Chen, Kuan-Yu; Hwang, Sheue-Ling; Chen, Chin-Sen

    2011-06-01

    When people watch 3D-Ready TV, the display luminance as well as the ambient illuminace is important factors for image quality and physiological comfort. In this research, a human factors experiment on a stereoscopic display was conducted. The result showed that display luminance affected subjective comfort evaluation and image quality evaluation. The effect of ambient illuminance also influenced objective asthenopia index (CFF), subjective comfort evaluation and viewers' image quality evaluation of watching 3D static pictures. However, the main effects of display luminance, ambient illuminance, and their interaction effect were not significant on objective physiological measurement (HRV). Among the six combination levels of display luminance and ambient illuminance, viewers felt more comfortable and got the best image quality in the high levels of display luminance and ambient illuminance. The outcome of the experiment is expected to find out the optimal display luminance and ambient illuminance combination level for designers' guidelines and users' references as viewing 3D displays.

  7. Novel approaches to the measurement of arterial blood flow from dynamic digital X-ray images

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    Kawal S. Rhode; Tryphon Lambrou; David J. Hawkes; Alexander M. Seifalian

    2005-01-01

    We have developed two new algorithms for the measurement of blood flow from dynamic X-ray angiographic images. Both algorithms aim to improve on existing techniques. First, a model-based (MB) algorithm is used to constrain the concentration-distance curve matching approach. Second, a weighted optical flow algorithm (OP) is used to improve on point-based optical flow methods by averaging velocity estimates along

  8. Assessment of Cerebral Blood Flow and CO2 Reactivity After Controlled Cortical Impact By Perfusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging Using Arterial SpinLabeling in Rats

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    Michael L. Forbes; Kristy S. Hendrich; Patrick M. Kochanek; Donald S. Williams; Joanne K. Schiding; Stephen R. Wisniewski; Sheryl F. Kelsey; Steven H. Graham; Donald W. Marion; Chien Ho

    1997-01-01

    We measured CBF and CO2 reactivity after traumatic brain injury (TBI) produced by controlled cortical impact (CCI) using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spin-labeled carotid artery water protons as an endogenous tracer. Fourteen Sprague-Dawley rats divided into TBI (CCI; 4.02 ± 0.14 m\\/s velocity; 2.5 mm deformation), sham, and control groups were studied 24 hours after TBI or surgery. Perfusion

  9. Multi-delay multi-parametric arterial spin-labeled perfusion MRI in acute ischemic stroke — Comparison with dynamic susceptibility contrast enhanced perfusion imaging?

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    Wang, Danny J.J.; Alger, Jeffry R.; Qiao, Joe X.; Gunther, Matthias; Pope, Whitney B.; Saver, Jeffrey L.; Salamon, Noriko; Liebeskind, David S.

    2013-01-01

    The purpose of the present study was to present a multi-delay multi-parametric pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling (pCASL) protocol with background suppressed 3D GRASE (gradient and spin echo) readout for perfusion imaging in acute ischemic stroke. PCASL data at 4 post-labeling delay times (PLD = 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 s) were acquired within 4.5 min in 24 patients (mean age 79.7 ± 11.4 years; 11 men) with acute middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke who also underwent dynamic susceptibility contrast (DSC) enhanced perfusion imaging. Arterial transit times (ATT) were estimated through the calculation of weighted delays across the 4 PLDs, which were included in the calculation of cerebral blood flow (CBF) and arterial cerebral blood volume (CBV). Mean perfusion parameters derived using pCASL and DSC were measured within MCA territories and infarct regions identified on diffusion weighted MRI. The results showed highly significant correlations between pCASL and DSC CBF measurements (r > = 0.70, p < = 0.0001) and moderately significant correlations between pCASL and DSC CBV measurements (r > = 0.45, p < = 0.027) in both MCA territories and infarct regions. ASL ATT showed correlations with DSC time to the maximum of tissue residual function (Tmax)(r = 0.66, p = 0.0005) and mean transit time (MTT)(r = 0.59, p = 0.0023) in leptomeningeal MCA territories. The present study demonstrated the feasibility for noninvasive multi-parametric perfusion imaging using ASL for acute stroke imaging. PMID:24159561

  10. Locoregional Drug Delivery Using Image-guided Intra-arterial Drug Eluting Bead Therapy

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    Lewis, Andrew L.; Dreher, Matthew R.

    2012-01-01

    Lipiodol-based transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) has been performed for over 3 decades for the treatment of solid tumors and describes the infusion of chemotherapeutic agents followed by embolization with particles. TACE is an effective treatment for inoperable hepatic tumors, especially hypervascular tumors such as hepatocellular carcinoma. Recently, drug eluting beads (DEBs), in which a uniform embolic material is loaded with a drug and delivered in a single image-guided step, have been developed to reduce the variability in a TACE procedure. DEB-TACE results in localization of drug to targeted tumors while minimizing systemic exposure to chemotherapeutics. Once localized in the tissue, drug is eluted from the DEB in a controlled manner and penetrates hundreds of microns of tissue from the DEB surface. Necrosis is evident surrounding a DEB in tissue days to months after therapy; however, the contribution of drug and ischemia is currently unknown. Future advances in DEB technology may include image-ability, DEB size tailored to tumor anatomy and drug combinations. PMID:22285550

  11. Cerebral venous and arterial blood volumes can be estimated separately in humans using magnetic resonance imaging.

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    An, Hongyu; Lin, Weili

    2002-10-01

    Approaches to obtain quantitative, noninvasive estimates of total cerebral blood volume (tCBV) and cerebral venous blood volume (vCBV) separately in humans are proposed. Two sequences were utilized, including a 3D high-resolution gradient-echo (GE) sequence and a 2D multi-echo GE/spin-echo (MEGESE) sequence. Images acquired by the former sequence provided an estimate of background magnetic field variations (DeltaB), while images obtained by the latter sequence were utilized to obtain separate measures of tCBV and vCBV with and without contrast agent. Prior to the calculation of vCBV and tCBV, the acquired images were corrected for signal loss induced by the presence of DeltaB. vCBV and tCBV were estimated to be 2.46% +/- 0.28% and 3.20% +/- 0.41%, respectively, after the DeltaB correction, which in turn provided a vCBV/tCBV ratio of 0.77 +/- 0.04, in excellent agreement with results reported in the literature. Our results demonstrate that quantitative estimates of vCBV and tCBV can be obtained in vivo. PMID:12353273

  12. Impact of Computed Tomography Image Quality on Image-Guided Radiation Therapy Based on Soft Tissue Registration

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    Morrow, Natalya V.; Lawton, Colleen A. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States); Qi, X. Sharon [Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado (United States); Li, X. Allen, E-mail: ali@mcw.edu [Department of Radiation Oncology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (United States)

    2012-04-01

    Purpose: In image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), different computed tomography (CT) modalities with varying image quality are being used to correct for interfractional variations in patient set-up and anatomy changes, thereby reducing clinical target volume to the planning target volume (CTV-to-PTV) margins. We explore how CT image quality affects patient repositioning and CTV-to-PTV margins in soft tissue registration-based IGRT for prostate cancer patients. Methods and Materials: Four CT-based IGRT modalities used for prostate RT were considered in this study: MV fan beam CT (MVFBCT) (Tomotherapy), MV cone beam CT (MVCBCT) (MVision; Siemens), kV fan beam CT (kVFBCT) (CTVision, Siemens), and kV cone beam CT (kVCBCT) (Synergy; Elekta). Daily shifts were determined by manual registration to achieve the best soft tissue agreement. Effect of image quality on patient repositioning was determined by statistical analysis of daily shifts for 136 patients (34 per modality). Inter- and intraobserver variability of soft tissue registration was evaluated based on the registration of a representative scan for each CT modality with its corresponding planning scan. Results: Superior image quality with the kVFBCT resulted in reduced uncertainty in soft tissue registration during IGRT compared with other image modalities for IGRT. The largest interobserver variations of soft tissue registration were 1.1 mm, 2.5 mm, 2.6 mm, and 3.2 mm for kVFBCT, kVCBCT, MVFBCT, and MVCBCT, respectively. Conclusions: Image quality adversely affects the reproducibility of soft tissue-based registration for IGRT and necessitates a careful consideration of residual uncertainties in determining different CTV-to-PTV margins for IGRT using different image modalities.

  13. Application of the ITIQUE Image Quality Modeling Metric to SSA Domain Imagery

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    Gerwe, D.; Luna, C.; Calef, B.

    2012-09-01

    This paper describes and assesses a metric for quantifying the level of image visual information content and quality in terms of the National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS). The Information Theoretic Image Quality Equation (ITIQUE) metric is based on the Shannon mutual information (MI) at multiple spatial scales between a pristine object and the image output from a detailed image formation chain simulation. Integrating the MI at each spatial scale and applying a calibration offset produces a prediction of NIIRS image quality indicating the level of interpretation tasks that could be supported. The model enables prediction of NIIRS quality obtainable as dependent on image collection conditions and imaging system design including both hardware and processing algorithms. The focus of this paper is on ITIQUE's applicability to Space Situational Awareness (SSA) domain imagery, degradations, and non-linear processing techniques. ITIQUE results were compared with visual assessments from a panel of human observers for a set of 480 images that spanned a 16x resolution range, encompassed many degradation types, and included linear and non-linear image enhancement processing. ITIQUE model predictions are shown to human scores to nearly within the human-to-human variability.

  14. Evaluation of image quality and dose on a flat-panel CT-scanner

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    M. Grasruck; Ch. Suess; K. Stierstorfer; S. Popescu; T. Flohr

    2005-01-01

    We developed and evaluated a prototype flat-panel detector based Volume CT (VCT) scanner. We focused on improving the image quality using different detector settings and reducing x-ray scatter intensities. For the presented results we used a Varian 4030CB flat-panel detector mounted in a multislice CT-gantry (Siemens Medical Systems). The scatter intensities may severely impair image quality in flat-panel detector CT

  15. Computed tomography angiography in children with cardiovascular disease: low dose techniques and image quality

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    S. Bruce Greenberg; Sadaf Bhutta; Leah Braswell; Frandics Chan

    Dose reduction techniques for computed tomography angiography (CTA) in children with cardiovascular diseases have the potential\\u000a of reducing risks of radiation-induced cancer. To evaluate effectiveness of these techniques, both radiation dose and image\\u000a quality must be compared. While clinically practical methods of estimating effective dose are available, there are no generally\\u000a accepted metrics for the assessment of image quality in

  16. Predicting customer preference from objective image quality metrics for monochrome document products

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    Shin, Helen H.; Dalal, Edul N.; Rasmussen, D. R.

    2003-12-01

    This paper describes a regression model for predicting customer preference from objective image quality metrics for black and white printers, copiers and multifunction systems. In order to quantify customer preference for monochrome images the quantitative preference system was previously developed. Using this system, a preference survey with five different customer-type documents was used to obtain the preference data. Objective image quality metrics were obtained from a scanner-based measurement system. Using this regression model, typically 80% or more of the variation of the overall preference can be explained by six objective image quality metrics: Relative TRC Error; Mottle; Visual Noise; Visual Structure; Streaks and Bands; and Relative Dynamic Range Reduction. The results also provide the relative significance of these attributes for the different kinds of customer images.

  17. Identification of viable myocardium in patients with chronic coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction: role of magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Fedele, F; Montesano, T; Ferro-Luzzi, M; Di Cesare, E; Di Renzi, P; Scopinaro, F; Agati, L; Penco, M; Serri, F; Vitarelli, A

    1994-09-01

    Nineteen patients (16 men and 3 women, mean age 51 years) with previous anterior myocardial infarction and severe stenosis (> or = 90%) of the left anterior descending coronary artery were studied by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) without and with contrast media to verify the capability of MRI in identifying viable myocardium in areas of severe systolic dysfunction. In corresponding left ventricular segments, a comparison was made between regional signal intensities (SI) determined on MRI images before and 4, 8, 12, and 30 minutes after administration of paramagnetic contrast media (gadolinium diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid, 0.4 mmol/kg intravenously) and metabolic parameters determined by iodine 123 phenylpentadecanoic acid (IPPA) scintigraphy. The SI and the time of maximum postcontrast enhancement were analyzed by dividing the left ventricle into 11 segments. Each segment was classified as normal (group 1, n = 116), hibernating (group 2, n = 50), or necrotic (group 3, n = 43) on the basis of the IPPA washout rate (> 30%, 10% to 30%, and < 10%, respectively). Regional SI demonstrated significant differences in absolute values at 12 minutes (group 3: 1.62 +/- 0.58 vs group 1: 1.32 +/- 0.52, p < 0.01, and vs group 2: 1.34 +/- 0.48, p < 0.05) and at 30 minutes (group 3: 1.71 +/- 0.47 vs group 1: 1.21 +/- 0.55, p < 0.01, and vs group 2: 1.49 +/- 0.57, p < 0.05) and in temporal distribution. These results suggest that MRI has a potential role in differentiating viable from necrotic myocardium in patients with chronic severe systolic dysfunction. PMID:8074009

  18. In vivo imaging of the effect of LPS on arterial endothelial cells: molecu