Tag separation in cardiac tagged MRI

Junzhou Huang, Zhen Qian, Xiaolei Huang, Dimitris Metaxas, Leon Axel

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In this paper we introduce a tag separation method for better cardiac boundary segmentation and tag tracking. Our approach is based on two observations in the cardiac tagged MR images: 1) the tag patterns have a regular texture; 2) the cardiac images without tag patterns are piecewise smooth with sparse gradients. These observations motivate us to use two dictionaries, one based on the Discrete Cosine Transform for representing tag patterns and the other based on the Wavelet Transform for representing the underlying cardiac image without tag patterns. The two dictionaries are built such that they can lead to sparse representations of the tag patterns and of the piece-wise smooth regions without tag patterns. With the two dictionaries, a new tag separation approach is proposed to simultaneously optimize w.r.t. the two sparse representations, where optimization is directed by the Total Variation regularization scheme. While previous methods have focused on tag removal, our approach to acquiring both optimally-decomposed tag-only image and the cardiac image without tags simultaneously can be used for better tag tracking and cardiac boundary segmentation. We demonstrate the superior performance of the proposed approach through extensive experiments on large sets of cardiac tagged MR images.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention - MICCAI 2008 - 11th International Conference, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages9
EditionPART 2
ISBN (Print)3540859896, 9783540859895
StatePublished - 2008
Event11th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2008 - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Sep 6 2008Sep 10 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 2
Volume5242 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2008
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York, NY

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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