Estimation of carotid atherosclerotic plaque volume from in vivo magnetic resonance images

G. J. Adams, G. W. Vick, C. M. Ballantyne, William Insull, J. D. Morrisett

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Accurate quantitation of arterial lumen and wall volumes in the carotid arteries is possible using magnetic resonance imaging. Semi-automated algorithms reduce the time required to make the measurements and increase their reproducibility. An algorithm using active contours to aid in localizing the lumen and outer wall boundary of the artery and an automated algorithm to estimate the plaque burden was developed. The algorithm was tested on twenty MRI image sets from ten patients who had undergone unilateral carotid endarterectomy. The algorithm significantly decreases operator time for quantifying arterial volumes and provides very reproducible results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1072-1073
Number of pages2
JournalAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002
EventProceedings of the 2002 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology 24th Annual Conference and the 2002 Fall Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES / EMBS) - Houston, TX, United States
Duration: Oct 23 2002Oct 26 2002


  • Active contours
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Carotid artery
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Plaque

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics


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