Shigehide Kuhara1, Shuhei Nitta2, Taichiro Shiodera2, Tomoyuki Takeguchi2, Kenichi Yokoyama3, Rieko Ishimura3, Toshiaki Nitatori3
1MRI Systems Development Department, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, Otawara-shi, Tochigi, Japan; 2Corporate Research & Development Center, Toshiba Corporation, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa, Japan; 3Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine, Kyorin University, Mitaka-shi, Tokyo, Japan
Manual setting of the motion probe for whole-heart MR imaging with motion correction to obtain high-resolution images during free breathing remains a time-consuming task, even for expert technologists. We propose an automatic motion probe setting method employing an atlas-based segmentation technique to detect the heart region and the position of the top of the right hemidiaphragm at the same time for motion probe setting. Clinical evaluation showed that the position of the top of the right hemidiaphragm could be detected by our method almost as accurately as by manual annotation, demonstrating the usefulness of our method in the clinical setting.