Improved virtual cardiac phantom with variable diastolic filling rates and coronary artery velocities
© 2017 SPIE. To facilitate studies of measurement uncertainty in computed tomography angiography (CTA), we investigated the cardiac motion profile and resulting coronary artery motion utilizing innovative dynamic virtual and physical phantoms. The four-chamber cardiac finite element (FE) model developed in the Living Heart Project (LHP) served as the computational basis for our virtual cardiac phantom. This model provides deformation or strain information at high temporal and spatial resolution, exceeding that of speckle tracking echocardiography or tagged MRI. This model was extended by fitting its motion profile to left ventricular (LV) volume-time curves obtained from patient echocardiography data. By combining the dynamic patient variability from echo with the local strain information from the FE model, a series of virtual 4D cardiac phantoms were developed. Using the computational phantoms, we characterized the coronary motion and its effect on plaque imaging under a range of heart rates subject to variable diastolic function. The coronary artery motion was sampled at 248 spatial locations over 500 consecutive time frames. The coronary artery velocities were calculated as their average velocity during an acquisition window centered at each time frame, which minimized the discretization error. For the initial set of twelve patients, the diastatic coronary artery velocity ranged from 36.5 mm/s to 2.0 mm/s with a mean of 21.4 mm/s assuming an acquisition time of 75 ms. The developed phantoms have great potential in modeling cardiac imaging, providing a known truth and multiple realistic cardiac motion profiles to evaluate different image acquisition or reconstruction methods.
Sturgeon, GM; Richards, TW; Samei, E; Segars, WP
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