Reconstruction and Analysis of Intravascular Ultrasound Sequences
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Josepa Mauri Ferre,
Atherosclerotic plaque has been identified as one of the most important causes of sudden
cardiac failure in patients with no history of heart disease. IntraVascular UltraSound (IVUS)
represents a unique technique to study, determine and quantify plaque composition and thus allows
to develop automatic diagnostic and prediction techniques for coronary diagnosis and therapy.
However, one of the main problems of image-based studies is its dependence on image brightness
and data miss-registration due to the dynamic system composed by the catheter and the vessel.
Hence, the high dependence of the automatic analysis on the gain setting of IVUS console and its
transmit power as well as vessel motion make impossible direct analysis, comparison and follow
up of IVUS studies. To this purpose, a complete framework for data analysis should be considered
focusing on: a) modeling the image acquisition and formation process, b) developing techniques
for removing data acquisition artifacts due to the nature of ultrasound reflectance and motion of
coronary vessels, c) developing sophisticated tools for extracting features from radio-frequency
and images, and d) designing robust methods to discover and classify different categories of tissue
structures. In this chapter, we overview different methodologies to approach the afore-mentioned
problems and outline possible computer-assisted applications in the clinical practice.
Intravascular Ultrasound, Ultrasonography, Tissue Characterization, Swinging Effect, Rigid
Registration, Radio Frequency Analysis