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ACCURATUM: improved calcium volume scoring using a mesh-based algorithm : a phantom study
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 1193470
Author(s) Saur, Stefan C.; Alkadhi, Hatem; Desbiolles, Lotus; Székely, Gábor; Cattin, Philippe C.
Author(s) at UniBasel Cattin, Philippe Claude
Year 2009
Title ACCURATUM: improved calcium volume scoring using a mesh-based algorithm : a phantom study
Journal European Radiology
Volume 19
Number 3
Pages / Article-Number 591-598
Keywords Coronary calcium, Volume, Computed tomography
Mesh terms Algorithms; Calcinosis, diagnostic imaging; Calcium, metabolism; Heart, diagnostic imaging; Humans; Pattern Recognition, Automated; Phantoms, Imaging; Radiographic Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted; Reproducibility of Results; Software; Tomography, X-Ray Computed, methods
Abstract To overcome the limitations of the classical volume scoring method for quantifying coronary calcifications, including accuracy, variability between examinations, and dependency on plaque density and acquisition parameters, a mesh-based volume measurement method has been developed. It was evaluated and compared with the classical volume scoring method for accuracy, i.e., the normalized volume (measured volume/ground-truthed volume), and for variability between examinations (standard deviation of accuracy). A cardiac computed-tomography (CT) phantom containing various cylindrical calcifications was scanned using different tube voltages and reconstruction kernels, at various positions and orientations on the CT table and using different slice thicknesses. Mean accuracy for all plaques was significantly higher (p > 0.0001) for the proposed method (1.220 +/- 0.507) than for the classical volume score (1.896 +/- 1.095). In contrast to the classical volume score, plaque density (p = 0.84), reconstruction kernel (p = 0.19), and tube voltage (p = 0.27) had no impact on the accuracy of the developed method. In conclusion, the method presented herein is more accurate than classical calcium scoring and is less dependent on tube voltage, reconstruction kernel, and plaque density.
Publisher Springer
ISSN/ISBN 0938-7994 ; 1432-1084
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1007/s00330-008-1181-9
PubMed ID
ISI-Number 000263114300008
Document type (ISI) Article

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