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Benefits of texture analysis of dual energy CT for computer-aided pulmonary embolism detection

Foncubierta-Rodriguez, Antonio ; Jimenez del Toro, Oscar Alfonso ; Platon, Alexandra ; Müller, Henning ; Depeursinge, Adrien

In: 35th Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference, July 3-7, 2013, Osaka International Convention Center, in Osaka, Japan, 2013, p. -

Pulmonary embolism is an avoidable cause of death if treated immediately but delays in diagnosis and treatment lead to an increased risk. Computer–assisted image analysis of both unenhanced and contrast–enhanced computed tomography (CT) have proven useful for diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. Dual energy CT provides additional information over the standard single energy scan by generating... Plus

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    Summary
    Pulmonary embolism is an avoidable cause of death if treated immediately but delays in diagnosis and treatment lead to an increased risk. Computer–assisted image analysis of both unenhanced and contrast–enhanced computed tomography (CT) have proven useful for diagnosis of pulmonary embolism. Dual energy CT provides additional information over the standard single energy scan by generating four–dimensional (4D) data, in our case with 11 energy levels in 3D. In this paper a 4D texture analysis method capable of detecting pulmonary embolism in dual energy CT is presented. The method uses wavelet–based visual words together with an automatic geodesic–based region of interest detection algorithm to characterize the texture properties of each lung lobe. Results show an increase in performance with respect to the single energy CT analysis, as well as an accuracy gain compared to preliminary work on a small dataset.