Dynamic Computed Tomography Angiography for capturing vessel wall motion: A phantom study for optimal image reconstruction

Lotte B. Stam, Sabine M.L. Linden*, Luuk J. Oostveen, Hendrik H.G. Hansen, René Aquarius, Cornelis H. Slump, Chris L. de Korte, Ronald H.M.A. Bartels, Mathias Prokop, Hieronymus D. Boogaarts, Frederick J.A. Meijer

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Background Reliably capturing sub-millimeter vessel wall motion over time, using dynamic Computed Tomography Angiography (4D CTA), might provide insight in biomechanical properties of these vessels. This may improve diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment decision making in vascular pathologies. Purpose The aim of this study is to determine the most suitable image reconstruction method for 4D CTA to accurately assess harmonic diameter changes of vessels. Methods An elastic tube (inner diameter 6 mm, wall thickness 2 mm) was exposed to sinusoidal pressure waves with a frequency of 70 beats-per-minute. Five flow amplitudes were set, resulting in increasing sinusoidal diameter changes of the elastic tube, measured during three simulated pulsation cycles, using ECG-gated 4D CTA on a 320-detector row CT system. Tomographic images were reconstructed using one of the following three reconstruction methods: hybrid iterative (Hybrid-IR), model-based iterative (MBIR) and deep-learning based (DLR) reconstruction. The three reconstruction methods where based on 180 degrees (half reconstruction mode) and 360 degrees (full reconstruction mode) raw data. The diameter change, captured by 4D CTA, was computed based on image registration. As a reference metric for diameter change measurement, a 9 MHz linear ultrasound transducer was used. The sum of relative absolute differences (SRAD) between the ultrasound and 4D CTA measurements was calculated for each reconstruction method. The standard deviation was computed across the three pulsation cycles. Results MBIR and DLR resulted in a decreased SRAD and standard deviation compared to Hybrid-IR. Full reconstruction mode resulted in a decreased SRAD and standard deviations, compared to half reconstruction mode. Conclusions 4D CTA can capture a diameter change pattern comparable to the pattern captured by US. DLR and MBIR algorithms show more accurate results than Hybrid-IR. Reconstruction with DLR is >3 times faster, compared to reconstruction with MBIR. Full reconstruction mode is more accurate than half reconstruction mode.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0293353
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2023


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