Quantitative image quality evaluation for cardiac CT reconstructions

Hsin Wu Tseng, Jiahua Fan, Matthew A Kupinski, William Balhorn, Darin R. Okerlund

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Maintaining image quality in the presence of motion is always desirable and challenging in clinical Cardiac CT imaging. Different image-reconstruction algorithms are available on current commercial CT systems that attempt to achieve this goal. It is widely accepted that image-quality assessment should be task-based and involve specific tasks, observers, and associated figures of merits. In this work, we developed an observer model that performed the task of estimating the percentage of plaque in a vessel from CT images. We compared task performance of Cardiac CT image data reconstructed using a conventional FBP reconstruction algorithm and the SnapShot Freeze (SSF) algorithm, each at default and optimal reconstruction cardiac phases. The purpose of this work is to design an approach for quantitative image-quality evaluation of temporal resolution for Cardiac CT systems. To simulate heart motion, a moving coronary type phantom synchronized with an ECG signal was used. Three different percentage plaques embedded in a 3 mm vessel phantom were imaged multiple times under motion free, 60 bpm, and 80 bpm heart rates. Static (motion free) images of this phantom were taken as reference images for image template generation. Independent ROIs from the 60 bpm and 80 bpm images were generated by vessel tracking. The observer performed estimation tasks using these ROIs. Ensemble mean square error (EMSE) was used as the figure of merit. Results suggest that the quality of SSF images is superior to the quality of FBP images in higher heart-rate scans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2016: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment
ISBN (Electronic)9781510600225
StatePublished - 2016
EventMedical Imaging 2016: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment - San Diego, United States
Duration: Mar 2 2016Mar 3 2016


OtherMedical Imaging 2016: Image Perception, Observer Performance, and Technology Assessment
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego


  • Cardiac CT
  • CT
  • Image Quality
  • Motion Compensation
  • SnapShot Freeze (SSF)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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