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Presentation and evaluation of gated-SPECT myocardial perfusion images: Radial Slices - data reduction without  loss  of  information
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH).
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]


Single photon emission tomography (SPECT) data from myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) are normally displayed as a set of three slices orthogonal to the left ventricular (LV) long axis for both ECG-gated (GSPECT) and non-gated SPECT studies. The total number of slices presented for assessment depends on the size of the heart, but is typically in excess of 30. 

A requirement for data presentation is that images should be orientated about the LV axis; therefore, a set of radial slice would fulfill this need. Radial slices are parallel to the LV long axis and arranged diametrically. They could provide a suitable alternative to standard orthogonal slices, with the advantage of requiring far fewer slices to adequately represent the data.

In this study a semi-automatic method was developed for displaying MPI SPECT data as a set of radial slices orientated about the LV axis, with the aim of reducing the number of slices viewed, without loss of information and independent on the size of the heart. Input volume data consisted of standard short axis slices orientated perpendicular to the LV axis chosen at the time of reconstruction.

 The true LV axis was determined by first determining the boundary on a central long axis slice, the axis being in the direction of the y-axis in the matrix. The skeleton of the myocardium were found and the true LV axis determined for that slice. The angle of this axis with respect to the y-axis was calculated. The process was repeated for an orthogonal long axis slice. The input volume was then rotated by the angles calculated.

Radial slices generated for presentation were integrated over a sector equivalent to the imaging resolution (1.2 cm); assuming the diameter of the heart is about 8cm then non-gated data could be represented by 20 radial slices integrated over an 18 degree section. Gated information could be represented with four slices spaced at 45 intervals, integrated over a 30 degree sector.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 34 p.
Trita-STH, 2011:51
Keyword [en]
SPECT, Myocardial perfusion Imaging, Short Axis, Vertical/Horizontal Long Axis, radial slices
National Category
Medical Image Processing
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-117866OAI: diva2:603223
Subject / course
Medical Imaging
Educational program
Master of Science -Medical Imaging
Available from: 2013-05-08 Created: 2013-02-05 Last updated: 2013-05-08Bibliographically approved

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