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Abstract #0365

Simultaneous Projection of Multi-Branched Vessels with Their Surroundings on a Single Image from Coronary MRA

Aharon S, Oksuz O, Lorenz C
Siemens Corporate Research

This studys goal was to develop a method for visualizing coronary MRA datasets, with simultaneous projection of multi-branched vessels and their surroundings on a single image without distortion and artifacts. The algorithm uses the vessels centerlines specified by a semi-automatic tracking algorithm and/or manual user specification. We successfully visualized data from eight patients, with processing time for an inexperienced user of less than 5 minutes per data set. The presented method provides simultaneous projection of multi-branched vessels with their surrounding without distortion, and allows rapid delineation of both the left and right coronary arteries on a single image.