The repeatability of IVIM with fuzzy clustering algorithm in liver imaging
Kaining Shi1, Ying Liu2, Yu Shi2, and Qiyong Guo2
1Imaging Systems Clinical Science, Philips Healthcare, Beijing, China, People's Republic of, 2Radiology department, Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, China, People's Republic of
clustering technique (FCM) has been combined with IVIM to increase the stability
and reduce the post-processing time of the nonlinear curve fitting in IVIM. Another
problem of the widely used bi-exponential IVIM model is its poor repeatability.
This work is to assess the repeatability of IVIM with FCM between two scans in
healthy liver by calculating the coefficient of variation and the 95%
Bland–Altman limits of agreements. Results proved that FCM could improve the
repeatability of IVIM, especially for the parameter D*, which was the most
unstable among total 3 parameters.
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