Marie Xavier1, Alain Lalande1, Paul Michael Walker1, Jean-Christophe Eicher2, Jean-Eric Wolf, 1,2, Franois Brunotte1, Louis Legrand1
Generally, the evaluation of myocardial motion from cine-MRI sequences requires a visual evaluation of the regional contractile function and depends on the experience of the reader. To automatically detect local myocardial wall motion abnormalities from cine-MRI sequence, an optical flow technique based on phase information was used. First, the robustness of the technique with regards to Rician noise and to brightness variations was evaluated on synthetic images. Then, in the context of cardiac cine-MRI, a segmental decomposition of the myocardium allowed us to study the mean velocity along the cardiac cycle and gave similar values to those obtained by echocardiography.