Chair for Computer Aided Medical Procedures & Augmented Reality
Lehrstuhl für Informatikanwendungen in der Medizin & Augmented Reality

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Improvement and Automatic Classification of IVUS-VH (Intravascular Ultrasound – Virtual Histology) Images

Improvement and Automatic Classification of IVUS-VH (Intravascular Ultrasound – Virtual Histology) Images

Scientific Director: Prof. Dr. Nassir Navab

Contact Person(s): Arash Taki

Keywords: Segmentation


Heart attack and stroke are the major causes of human death and atherosclerotic plaques are the most common effect of cardiovascular disease. Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS), a diagnostic imaging technique, offers a unique view of the morphology of the arterial plaque and displays the morphological and histological properties of a cross-section of the vessel. Limitations of the grayscale IVUS manual plaque assessment have led to the development of quantitative techniques for analysis of characteristics of plaque components. In vivo plaque characterization with the so called Virtual Histology (VH)-IVUS, which is based on the ultrasound RF signal processing, is widely available for atherosclerosis plaque characterization in IVUS images. However, it suffers from a poor longitudinal resolution due to the ECG-gated acquisition. The focus of this PhD? work is to provide effective methods for image-based vessel plaque characterization via IVUS image analysis to overcome the limitations of current techniques. The proposed algorithms are also applicable to the large amount of the IVUS image sequences obtained from patients in the past, where there is no access to the corresponding radio frequency(RF) data. Since the proposed method is applicable to all IVUS frames of the heart cycle, therefore it outperforms the longitudinal resolution of the so called VH method.


Figure 1: IVUS Image
Figure 2: Histology
Figure 3: Manually Analyzed Image


Contact Person(s)

Arash Taki
Dr. Arash Taki

Working Group

Ali Bigdelou
Dr. Ali Bigdelou
Arash Taki
Dr. Arash Taki
Nassir Navab
Prof. Dr. Nassir Navab


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