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Automatically extracted coronary artery trees (CATs) from coronary computed tomography angiography images could contain incorrect extractions which require manual corrections before they can be used in clinical practice. A model-guided method for improving the extracted CAT is described to automatically detect potential incorrect extractions and improve them.
The proposed method is a coarse-to-fine approach. A coarse improvement is first applied on all vessels in the extracted CAT, and then a fine improvement is applied only on vessels with higher clinical significance. Based upon a decision tree, the proposed method automatically and iteratively performs improvement operations for the entire extracted CAT until it meets the stop criteria. The improvement in the extraction quality obtained by the proposed method is measured using a scoring system. 18 datasets were used to determine optimal values for the parameters involved in the model-guided method and 122 datasets were used for evaluation.
Compared to the initial automatic extractions, the proposed method improves the CATs for 122 datasets from an average quality score of 87 ± 6 to 93 ± 4. The developed method is able to run within 2 min on a typical workstation. The difference in extraction quality after automatic improvement is negatively correlated with the initial extraction quality (R = − 0.694, P < 0.001).
Without deteriorating the initially extracted CATs, the presented method automatically detects incorrect extractions and improves the CATs to an average quality score of 93 guided by anatomical statistical models.
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- A model-guided method for improving coronary artery tree extractions from CCTA images
Pieter H. Kitslaar
Boudewijn P. F. Lelieveldt
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