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Article: Ultrasound elastic tensor imaging: comparison with MR diffusion tensor imaging in the myocardium

TitleUltrasound elastic tensor imaging: comparison with MR diffusion tensor imaging in the myocardium
Authors
Issue Date2012
PublisherInstitute of Physics Publishing. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.iop.org/journals/pmb
Citation
Physics in Medicine and Biology, 2012, v. 57 n. 16, p. 5075-5095 How to Cite?
AbstractWe have previously proven the feasibility of ultrasound-based shear wave imaging (SWI) to non-invasively characterize myocardial fiber orientation in both in vitro porcine and in vivo ovine hearts. The SWI-estimated results were in good correlation with histology. In this study, we proposed a new and robust fiber angle estimation method through a tensor-based approach for SWI, coined together as elastic tensor imaging (ETI), and compared it with magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a current gold standard and extensively reported non-invasive imaging technique for mapping fiber architecture. Fresh porcine (n = 5) and ovine (n = 5) myocardial samples (20 × 20 × 30 mm3) were studied. ETI was firstly performed to generate shear waves and to acquire the wave events at ultrafast frame rate (8000 fps). A 2.8 MHz phased array probe (pitch = 0.28 mm), connected to a prototype ultrasound scanner, was mounted on a customized MRI-compatible rotation device, which allowed both the rotation of the probe from −90° to 90° at 5° increments and co-registration between two imaging modalities. Transmural shear wave speed at all propagation directions realized was firstly estimated. The fiber angles were determined from the shear wave speed map using the least-squares method and eigen decomposition. The test myocardial sample together with the rotation device was then placed inside a 7T MRI scanner. Diffusion was encoded in six directions. A total of 270 diffusion-weighted images (b = 1000 s mm−2, FOV = 30 mm, matrix size = 60 × 64, TR = 6 s, TE = 19 ms, 24 averages) and 45 B0 images were acquired in 14 h 30 min. The fiber structure was analyzed by the fiber-tracking module in software, MedINRIA. The fiber orientation in the overlapped myocardial region which both ETI and DTI accessed was therefore compared, thanks to the co-registered imaging system. Results from all ten samples showed good correlation (r2 = 0.81, p < 0.0001) and good agreement (3.05° bias) between ETI and DTI fiber angle estimates. The average ETI-estimated fractional anisotropy (FA) values decreased from subendocardium to subepicardium (p < 0.05, unpaired, one-tailed t-test, N = 10) by 33%, whereas the corresponding DTI-estimated FA values presented a change of −10% (p > 0.05, unpaired, one-tailed t-test, N = 10). In conclusion, we have demonstrated that the fiber orientation estimated by ETI, which assesses the shear wave speed (and thus the stiffness), was comparable to that measured by DTI, which evaluates the preferred direction of water diffusion, and have validated this concept within the myocardium. Moreover, ETI was shown capable of mapping the transmural fiber angles with as few as seven shear wave propagation directions.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/211056
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.811
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dc.contributor.authorLee, W-
dc.contributor.authorLarrat, B-
dc.contributor.authorPernot, M-
dc.contributor.authorTanter, M-
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-06T04:48:24Z-
dc.date.available2015-07-06T04:48:24Z-
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.identifier.citationPhysics in Medicine and Biology, 2012, v. 57 n. 16, p. 5075-5095-
dc.identifier.issn0031-9155-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/211056-
dc.description.abstractWe have previously proven the feasibility of ultrasound-based shear wave imaging (SWI) to non-invasively characterize myocardial fiber orientation in both in vitro porcine and in vivo ovine hearts. The SWI-estimated results were in good correlation with histology. In this study, we proposed a new and robust fiber angle estimation method through a tensor-based approach for SWI, coined together as elastic tensor imaging (ETI), and compared it with magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), a current gold standard and extensively reported non-invasive imaging technique for mapping fiber architecture. Fresh porcine (n = 5) and ovine (n = 5) myocardial samples (20 × 20 × 30 mm3) were studied. ETI was firstly performed to generate shear waves and to acquire the wave events at ultrafast frame rate (8000 fps). A 2.8 MHz phased array probe (pitch = 0.28 mm), connected to a prototype ultrasound scanner, was mounted on a customized MRI-compatible rotation device, which allowed both the rotation of the probe from −90° to 90° at 5° increments and co-registration between two imaging modalities. Transmural shear wave speed at all propagation directions realized was firstly estimated. The fiber angles were determined from the shear wave speed map using the least-squares method and eigen decomposition. The test myocardial sample together with the rotation device was then placed inside a 7T MRI scanner. Diffusion was encoded in six directions. A total of 270 diffusion-weighted images (b = 1000 s mm−2, FOV = 30 mm, matrix size = 60 × 64, TR = 6 s, TE = 19 ms, 24 averages) and 45 B0 images were acquired in 14 h 30 min. The fiber structure was analyzed by the fiber-tracking module in software, MedINRIA. The fiber orientation in the overlapped myocardial region which both ETI and DTI accessed was therefore compared, thanks to the co-registered imaging system. Results from all ten samples showed good correlation (r2 = 0.81, p < 0.0001) and good agreement (3.05° bias) between ETI and DTI fiber angle estimates. The average ETI-estimated fractional anisotropy (FA) values decreased from subendocardium to subepicardium (p < 0.05, unpaired, one-tailed t-test, N = 10) by 33%, whereas the corresponding DTI-estimated FA values presented a change of −10% (p > 0.05, unpaired, one-tailed t-test, N = 10). In conclusion, we have demonstrated that the fiber orientation estimated by ETI, which assesses the shear wave speed (and thus the stiffness), was comparable to that measured by DTI, which evaluates the preferred direction of water diffusion, and have validated this concept within the myocardium. Moreover, ETI was shown capable of mapping the transmural fiber angles with as few as seven shear wave propagation directions.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherInstitute of Physics Publishing. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.iop.org/journals/pmb-
dc.relation.ispartofPhysics in Medicine and Biology-
dc.rightsPhysics in Medicine and Biology. Copyright © Institute of Physics Publishing.-
dc.titleUltrasound elastic tensor imaging: comparison with MR diffusion tensor imaging in the myocardium-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLee, W: wnlee@eee.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityLee, W=rp01663-
dc.identifier.doi10.1088/0031-9155/57/16/5075-
dc.identifier.pmid22836727-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84864479923-
dc.identifier.volume57-
dc.identifier.issue16-
dc.identifier.spage5075-
dc.identifier.epage5095-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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