Tortuosity of Pulmonary Vessels Correlates with Pulmonary Hypertension

Michael Helmberger, Martin Urschler, Michael Pienn, Zoltan Balint, Andrea Olschewski, Horst Bischof

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Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a chronic disorder of the pulmonary circulation, marked by an elevated vascular resistance and pressure. Our objective is to find an automatic, non-invasive method for estimating the pulmonary pressure based on the analysis of lung vessels from contrast enhanced CT images. We present a pulmonary vessel extraction algorithm which is fast, fully automatic and robust. It uses an airway tree segmentation and a left and right lung labeled volume to restrict the response of an offset medialness vessel enhancement filter. On a data set of 24 patients, we show that quantitative indices derived from the vascular tree are applicable to distinguish patients with and without PH.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th Conference on Medical Image Understanding and Analysis
EditorsEla Claridge, Andrew D. Palmer, William T. E. Pitkeathly
PublisherThe British Machine Vision Association
ISBN (Print) 1-901725-48-0
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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