Accession Number:

ADA181671

Title:

Estimation of Coronary Artery Dimensions from Angiograms.

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.,

Corporate Author:

MASSACHUSETTS INST OF TECH CAMBRIDGE RESEARCH LAB OF ELECTRONICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1987-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

124.0

Abstract:

A new approach is presented for the measurement of the severity of coronary obstructions from coronary angiograms. An angiogram is an x-ray picture of arteries in which a contrast agent has been injected. Existing techniques are heuristic and their performance is not satisfactory. The proposed approach exploits the characteristics of the signals involved. A model of the film density of the coronary angiograms is developed and used to estimate the diameter and cross-sectional area at each point along the vessel. The model accounts for the structure of the vessel and background, as well as the distortions introduced by the imaging system. Both a one-dimensional and a two-dimensional model of the angiogram are presented. The algorithms are tested on synthetic data, on x-rays of contrast-medium-filled cylindrical phantoms, and on real coronary angiograms. Both algorithms are shown to have better performance than current methods. Moreover, the two-dimensional algorithm is better than the one-dimensional algorithm.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE