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How to perform left and right ventricular function quantification in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging with a simple mouse click
© Masip et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2011
Published: 2 February 2011
Ventricular function is a primary indicator for the diagnosis and treatment monitoring of many cardiovascular diseases. Cardiac cine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with steady state free precession (SSFP) sequences is regarded to be the standard of reference for the assessment of ventricular function. However, manual segmentation of MRI data is a time consuming process and also suffers from inter/intra-observer variability. This justifies the development of more automated segmentation methods to reduce the amount of time and effort that an experienced operator must spend on this process, and to make such methods practical.
The objective of this study was to validate our automated segmentation method developed to perform left and right ventricular function quantification from cardiac magnetic resonance images with a simple mouse click.
No statistically significant differences were found for the quantification of left and right ventricular (LV and RV, respectively) parameters using both methods (p>0.05). Correlation to estimate RV function (r>0.7) was slightly lower than that obtained for the left ventricle (r>0.9). Bland-Altman plots were used to assess the agreement between both methods.
In conclusion, our automated segmentation method: provides similar results to those achieved by manual contour tracing, reduces both the time employed and the inter/intra-observer variability to a mouse click, and does not rely on a prior knowledge, providing a true segmentation of the anatomical features present in the image.
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