We present here a novel and patented completely automated IMT measurement system that we developed for common carotid arterial ultrasound longitudinal images, called Carotid Measurement Using Dual Snakes (CMUDS) - a class of AtheroEdge T system. CMUDS is a dual deformable parametric model (snake) system where the dual snakes evolve simultaneously and are forced to maintain a regularized distance to prevent collapsing or diverging. We benchmarked CMUDS against a conventional single snake (CMUSS). CMUDS is totally automatic while CMUSS is semi-automatic. For performance evaluation, two readers manually traced the lumen-intima (LI) and media-adventitia (MA) borders of our multi-institutional, multi-ethnic, and multi-scanner database of 655 longitudinal B-Mode ultrasound images. CMUDS and CMUSS correctly processed all 665 images. The average IMT biases were equal to 0.030 +/- 0.284 mm and -0.004 +/- 0.273 mm for CMUDS, and -0.011 +/- 0.329 mm and -0.045 +/- 0.317 mm for CMUSS. The Figure of Merit of the system was 96.0% and 99.6% for CMUDS and 98.5% and 94.4% for CMUSS. CMUDS improved accuracy (Wilcoxon, p<0.02) and reproducibility (Fisher, p<3 10(-2)), proving that the novel CMUDS system is adaptable to large multi-centric studies, where a standard IMT measurement technique is required.
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|Titolo:||Distal Wall Delineation Using Automated Dual Snake Paradigm: A Multi-Center and Multi-Ethnic Carotid Ultrasound Evaluation|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Tipologia:||4.2 Abstract in Atti di convegno|