Automatic determination of minimal cardiac motion phases for computed tomography imaging: initial experience.


Journal Article

Low motion phases for cardiac computed tomography reconstructions are currently detected manually in a user-dependent selection process which is often time consuming and suboptimal. The concept of motion maps was recently introduced to achieve automatic phase selection. This pilot study compared the accuracy of motion-map phase selection to that with manual iterative selection. The study included 20 patients, consisting of one group with low and one with high heart rate. The technique automatically derives a motion strength function between multiple low-resolution reconstructions through the cardiac cycle, with periods of lowest difference between neighboring phases indicating minimal cardiac motion. A high level of agreement was found for phase selection achieved with the motion map approach compared with the manual iterative selection process. The motion maps allowed automated quiescent phase detection of the cardiac cycle in 85% of cases, with best results at low heart rates and for the left coronary artery. They can also provide additional information such as the presence of breathing artifacts. Motion maps show promise as a rapid off-line tool to automatically detect quiescent cardiac phases in a variety of patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hoffmann, MHK; Lessick, J; Manzke, R; Schmid, FT; Gershin, E; Boll, DT; Rispler, S; Aschoff, AJ; Grass, M

Published Date

  • February 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 365 - 373

PubMed ID

  • 16021450

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16021450

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1432-1084

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0938-7994

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s00330-005-2849-z


  • eng