Vladimir Zagrodsky

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Stress echocardiography is a routinely used clinical procedure to diagnose cardiac dysfunction by comparing wall motion information in prestress and poststress ultrasound images. Incomplete data, complicated imaging protocols and misaligned prestress and poststress views, however, are known limitations of conventional stress echocardiography. We discuss how(More)
UNLABELLED Registration and fusion of whole-body functional PET and anatomic CT is significant for accurate differentiation of viable tumors from benign masses, radiotherapy planning and monitoring treatment response, and cancer staging. Whole-body PET and CT acquired on separate scanners are misregistered because of differences in patient positions and(More)
We investigated the registration of ultrasound volumes based on the mutual information measure, a technique originally applied to multimodality registration of brain images. A prerequisite for successful registration is a smooth, quasi-convex mutual information surface with an unambiguous maximum. We discuss the necessary preprocessing to create such a(More)
Real-time three-dimensional (3-D) echocardiography is a new imaging modality that presents the unique opportunity to visualize the complex 3-D shape and motion of the left ventricle (LV) in vivo and to measure the associated global and local function parameters. To take advantage of this opportunity in routine clinical practice, automatic segmentation of(More)
Four-dimensional (4-D) imaging to capture the three-dimensional (3-D) structure and motion of the heart in real time is an emerging trend. We present here our method of interactive multiplanar reformatting (MPR), i.e., the ability to visualize any chosen anatomical cross section of 4-D cardiac images and to change its orientation smoothly while maintaining(More)
Background: Ultrasound (US) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) are the two most commonly prescribed procedures for diagnosing coronary artery disease (CAD). We have demonstrated the feasibility of multimodality registration of two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) cardiac US images with cardiac SPECT images with an aim to(More)
A generalized, accurate, automatic, retrospective method of image registration for three-dimensional images has been developed. The method is based on mutual information, a specific measure of voxel similarity, and is applicable to a wide range of imaging modalities and organs, rigid or deformable. A drawback of mutual information-based image registration(More)
We present a hardware-accelerated method using three-dimensional (3D) textures to visualize four-dimensional (4D) images of the heart. Novel data subdivision and caching ideas enable interactive performance even though 4D data exceed the size of 3D texture memory. The capability to visualize 4D images is critical to continued evolution and clinical(More)