Tagged magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has shown great promise in non-invasive analysis of heart motion. To replace implanted markers as a gold standard, however, tagged MRI must be able to track a sparse set of material points, so-called material markers, with high accuracy. This paper presents a new method for generating accurate motion estimates over a… (More)
PURPOSE To provide sample size calculation for the quantitative assessment of carotid atherosclerotic plaque using non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging in multi-center clinical trials. METHODS. As part of a broader double-blind randomized trial of an experimental pharmaceutical agent, 20 asymptomatic placebo-control subjects were recruited from 5… (More)
Combining Bayesian network (BN) and Markov Random Field (MRF) models, this paper presents an effective supervised image segmentation algorithm. Representing information from different features, a Bayesian network generates the probability map for each pixel via the conditional PDF (probability density function) learned from a limited training data set.… (More)
A method is presented for tracking object boundaries in sequential images using an active contour model, based on fuzzy reasoning rule-based control. Evolution of contour segments is controlled by separate processes based on whether the segment is judged to be inside, outside, or near the boundary of the object, leading to robust boundary detection.
BACKGROUND The aim of this study is to investigate the inter-scan reproducibility of kinetic parameters in atherosclerotic plaque using dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in a multi-center setting at 3T. METHODS Carotid arteries of 51 subjects from 15 sites were scanned twice within two weeks on 3T scanners using a… (More)
Atherosclerosis is a chronic, progressive, inflammatory disease affecting many vascular beds. Disease progression leads to acute cardiovascular events such as myocardial infarction, stroke and death. The diseased carotid alone is responsible for one third of the 700,000 new or recurrent strokes occurring yearly in the United States. Imaging plays an… (More)
PURPOSE To investigate the impact of different field strengths on determining plaque composition with an automatic classifier. MATERIALS AND METHODS We applied a previously developed automatic classifier-the morphology enhanced probabilistic plaque segmentation (MEPPS) algorithm-to images from 20 subjects scanned at both 1.5 Tesla (T) and 3T. Average… (More)