Anand Narasimhamurthy1, Akshay Pai1, Vivek Vaidya2, Uday Patil1
1GE Global Research Centre,
In this work, a methodology for automated planning of oblique axial MRI scans along the vertebral column, using a combined disk and vertebra search algorithm is presented. Cervical, thoracic and lumbar examinations are considered. The validation was done comparing angulations computed automatically by the algorithm with those made by a radiologist. In all sections of spine considered, the average angulation difference was less than 5 degrees, thus demonstrating the robustness of the proposed method.