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Biomedical imaging and intervention journal

A simple image processing approach for electronic cleansing in computed tomographic colonography.


PMID 21611057

Abstract

The prevalence of colon cancer has seen strong demand in screening for colorectal neoplasia, and this has drawn considerable attention to the technological advances in Computed Tomographic Colonography (CTC). With the assistance of an oral contrast agent, an imaging technique known as Electronic Cleansing (EC), can affect virtual cleaning of the computed tomography (CT) images, to remove fecal material that is tagged by the agent. Technical problems can arise with electronic cleansing however, when the air lumen causes distortions to the tagged regions which result in partial volume effects.Combining the simple image arithmetic of an electronic cleansing algorithm, with a vertical motion filter at the fluid level of the bowel, artifacts such as those caused by an air lumen are eliminated. Essentially, the filter becomes a vector for that carries the measurement of vertical motion to neutralise the artifact that is causing partial volume effects. Results demonstrate that despite its simplicity, this technique offers accuracy and is able to successfully maintain the normal intra-colonic structure, while supporting digital leaning of tagged residual material appearing on the colon wall.

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