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Estimation of cardiac motion in cine-MRI sequences by correlation transform optical flow of monogenic features distance

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Cine-MRI is widely used for the analysis of cardiac function in clinical routine, because of its high soft tissue contrast and relatively short acquisition time in comparison with other cardiac MRI techniques. The gray level distribution in cardiac cine-MRI is relatively homogenous within the myocardium, and can therefore make motion quantification difficult. To ensure that the motion estimation problem is well posed, more image features have to be considered. This work is inspired by a method previously developed for color image processing. The monogenic signal provides a framework to estimate the local phase, orientation, and amplitude, of an image, three features which locally characterize the 2D intensity profile. The independent monogenic features are combined into a 3D matrix for motion estimation. To improve motion estimation accuracy, we chose the zero-mean normalized cross-correlation as a matching measure, and implemented a bilateral filter for denoising and edge-preservation. The monogenic features distance is used in lieu of the color space distance in the bilateral filter. Results obtained from four realistic simulated sequences outperformed two other state of the art methods even in the presence of noise. The motion estimation errors (end point error) using our proposed method were reduced by about 20% in comparison with those obtained by the other tested methods. The new methodology was evaluated on four clinical sequences from patients presenting with cardiac motion dysfunctions and one healthy volunteer. The derived strain fields were analyzed favorably in their ability to identify myocardial regions with impaired motion.
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hal-01434871 , version 1 (07-02-2024)

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Bin Gao, Wanyu Liu, Liang Wang, Zhengjun Liu, Pierre Croisille, et al.. Estimation of cardiac motion in cine-MRI sequences by correlation transform optical flow of monogenic features distance. Physics in Medicine and Biology, 2016, 61 (24), pp.8640. ⟨10.1088/1361-6560/61/24/8640⟩. ⟨hal-01434871⟩
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