Fully automatic three-dimensional quantitative analysis of intracoronary optical coherence tomography: method and validation.

K. Sihan, Charl P. Botha, Frits H. Post, Sebastiaan de Winter, Gonzalo Nieves, E Regar, Patrick J W C Serruys, R Hamers, N Bruining
Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions, Volume 74 - May 2009
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Quantitative analysis of intracoronary optical coherence tomography (OCT) image data (QOCT) is currently performed by a time-consuming manual contour tracing process in individual OCT images acquired during a pullback procedure (frame-based method). To get an efficient quantitative analysis process, we developed a fully automatic three-dimensional (3D) lumen contour detection method and evaluated the results against those derived by expert human observers. Methods: The method was developed using Matlab (The Mathworks, Natick, MA). It incorporates a graphical user interface for contour display and, in the selected cases where this might be necessary, editing. OCT image data of 20 randomly selected patients, acquired with a commercially available system (Lightlab imaging, Westford, MA), were pulled from our OCT database for validation. Results: A total of 4,137 OCT images were analyzed. There was no statistically significant difference in mean lumen areas between the two methods (5.03 +- 2.16 vs. 5.02 +- 2.21 mm power 2; P = 0.6, human vs. automated). Regression analysis showed a good correlation with an r value of 0.99. The method requires an average 2–5 sec calculation time per OCT image. In 3% of the detected contours an observer correction was necessary. Conclusion: Fully automatic lumen contour detection in OCT images is feasible with only a select few contours showing an artifact (3%) that can be easily corrected. This QOCT method may be a valuable tool for future coronary imaging studies incorporating OCT.

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@Article { SBPWGRSHB09a,
  author       = "Sihan, K. and Botha, Charl P. and Post, Frits H. and Winter, Sebastiaan de and Nieves, Gonzalo and Regar, E
                  and Serruys, Patrick J W C and Hamers, R and Bruining, N",
  title        = "Fully automatic three-dimensional quantitative analysis of intracoronary optical coherence tomography: method
                  and validation.",
  journal      = "Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions",
  volume       = "74",
  month        = "May",
  year         = "2009",
  note         = "http://dx.note.org/10.1002/ccd.22125",
  url          = "http://graphics.tudelft.nl/Publications-new/2009/SBPWGRSHB09a"

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