Tracking MR Tag Surfaces Using a Spatiotemporal Filter and Interpolator

W. S. Kerwin, J. L. Prince

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Magnetic resonance (MR) tagging is a method for visualizing cardiac motion in MR images by inducing artificial, high-contrast features that move with the tissue. To enable quantitative analysis of tagged MR images, a method for tracking the movement of tag features is required. In this article, we present a new method for tracking the deformation of planar tags applied to the left ventricle of the heart. The method generates a continuous three-dimensional reconstruction of deformed tag planes using optimal estimation theory. Tag plane movement is modeled as a time update process, where each update consists of a quadratic component that describes the bulk motion of the tag planes plus a stochastic component that characterizes the fine-scale variation in the motion. The model is used in conjunction with a novel, recursive algorithm that efficiently estimates the deformation of tag planes from time-series data. Results are shown using both simulated and actual MR images.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-142
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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