Detection of abrupt motion in DCE-MRI

Kumar Rajamani, Dattesh Shanbhag, Rakesh Mullick, Sohan Ranjan, Uday Patil, Sandeep N. Gupta

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Dynamic Contrast Enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) is being increasingly used as a method for studying the tumor vasculature. It is also used as a biomarker to evaluate the response to anti-angiogenic therapies and the efficacy of a therapy. The uptake of contrast in the tissue is analyzed using pharmacokinetic models for understanding the perfusion characteristics and cell structure, which are indicative of tumor proliferation. However, in most of these 4D acquisitions the time required for the complete scan are quite long as sufficient time must be allowed for the passage of contrast medium from the vasculature to the tumor interstitium and subsequent extraction. Patient motion during such long scans is one of the major challenges that hamper automated and robust quantification. A system that could automatically detect if motion has occurred during the acquisition would be extremely beneficial. Patient motion observed during such 4D acquisitions are often rapid shifts, probably due to involuntary actions such as coughing, sneezing, peristalsis, or jerk due to discomfort. The detection of such abrupt motion would help to decide on a course of action for correction for motion such as eliminating time frames affected by motion from analysis, or employing a registration algorithm, or even considering the exam us unanalyzable. In this paper a new technique is proposed for effective detection of motion in 4D medical scans by determination of the variation in the signal characteristics from multiple regions of interest across time. This approach offers a robust, powerful, yet simple technique to detect motion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventMedical Imaging 2012: Image Processing - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 6 2012Feb 9 2012


OtherMedical Imaging 2012: Image Processing
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Motion detection
  • Signal characteristics
  • Tumor characterization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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