Basal Slice Detection Using Long-Axis Segmentation for Cardiac Analysis
Estimating blood volume of the left ventricle (LV) in the end-diastolic and end-systolic phases is important in diagnosing cardiovascular diseases. Proper estimation of the volume requires knowledge of which MRI slice contains the topmost basal region of the LV. Automatic basal slice detection has proved challenging; as a result, basal slice detection remains a manual task which is prone to inter-observer variability. This paper presents a novel method that is able to track the basal slice over the whole cardiac cycle. The method was tested on 56 healthy and pathological cases and was able to identify the basal slices similar to experts’ selection for 80 % and 85 % of the cases for end-diastole and end-systole, respectively. This provides a significant improvement over the leading state-of-the-art approach that obtained 59 % and 44 % agreement with experts on the same input.
KeywordsBasal slice Long-axis motion Two-chamber view Long-axis view Cardiac analysis MRI
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