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Fractional flow reserve (FFR) is a functional index quantifying the severity of coronary artery lesions and is clinically obtained using an invasive, catheter-based measurement. Recently, physics-based models have shown great promise in being able to noninvasively estimate FFR from patient-specific anatomical information, e.g., obtained from computed(More)
Many scientists in the field of x-ray imaging rely on the simulation of x-ray images. As the phantom models become more and more realistic, their projection requires high computational effort. Since x-ray images are based on transmission, many standard graphics acceleration algorithms cannot be applied to this task. However, if adapted properly, the(More)
PURPOSE In the community of x-ray imaging, there is a multitude of tools and applications that are used in scientific practice. Many of these tools are proprietary and can only be used within a certain lab. Often the same algorithm is implemented multiple times by different groups in order to enable comparison. In an effort to tackle this problem, the(More)
Three-dimensional reconstruction of cardiac vasculature from angiographic C-arm CT (rotational angiography) data is a major challenge. Motion artefacts corrupt image quality, reducing usability for diagnosis and guidance. Many state-of-the-art approaches depend on retrospective ECG-gating of projection data for image reconstruction. A trade-off has to be(More)
It is known that a reduction of the field-of-view in 3-D X-ray imaging is proportional to a reduction in radiation dose. The resulting truncation, however, is incompatible with conventional reconstruction algorithms. Recently, a novel method for region of interest reconstruction that uses neither prior knowledge nor extrapolation has been published, named(More)
—Anatomical and functional information about the cardiac chambers is a key component of future developments in the field of interventional cardiology. With the technology of C-arm CT it is possible to reconstruct intraprocedural 3-D images from angiographic projection data. Some approaches attempt to add the temporal dimension (4-D) by electrocardiogram(More)
High-density objects, like catheters, pacemakers or even contrast agent-filled vessels, cause characteristic streak artifacts in computed tomography (CT). Similar to metal artifacts, these streaks can be reduced by removing the dense object using segmentation and interpolation. First, we compare state-of-the-art interpolation methods like linear, spline and(More)
The acquisition of data for cardiac imaging using a C-arm computed tomography system requires several seconds and multiple heartbeats. Hence, incorporation of motion correction in the reconstruction step may improve the resulting image quality. Cardiac motion can be estimated by deformable three-dimensional (3D)/3D registration performed on initial 3D(More)
We present a software, called CoroEval, for the evaluation of 3D coronary vessel reconstructions from clinical data. It runs on multiple operating systems and is designed to be independent of the imaging modality used. At this point, its purpose is the comparison of reconstruction algorithms or acquisition protocols, not the clinical diagnosis. Implemented(More)
In computed tomography fiducial markers are frequently used to obtain accurate point correspondences for further processing. These markers typically cause metal artefacts, decreasing image quality of the subsequent reconstruction and are therefore often removed from the projection data. The placement of such markers is usually done on a surface, separating(More)