Automated local maximum-intensity projection with three-dimensional vessel tracking Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Despite the simplicity and widespread acceptance of the maximum-intensity-projection (MIP) technique for displaying three-dimensional (3D) magnetic resonance angiographic data, several disadvantages are associated with MIP as it is applied to all of the 3D data. These include elevated noise level, reduced contrast between small vessels and background tissue, and the inability to distinguish arteries from veins. The authors have developed a 3D vessel tracking method combined with a local MIP around a given vessel to complement conventional MIP and alleviate these problems. The method is referred to as a traveling MIP (TMIP). TMIP was evaluated in both patients and healthy volunteers. The results indicate that TMIP provides better contrast between vessels and background tissue, better lumen definition, and better vascular visualization than either MIP or vessel tracking alone.

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publication date

  • September 1992