Using vascular structure for CT-SPECT registration in the pelvis

Russell J. Hamilton, Michael J. Blend, Charles A. Pelizzari, Barrett D. Milliken, Srinivasan Vijayakumar

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Abstract

The authors outline a method for three-dimensional registration of pelvic CT and 111In-labeled monoclonal antibody capromab pendetide (111In MoAb 7E11.C5) images using 99mTc-labeled red blood cell SPECT data. Methods: This method of CT-SPECT registration relies on the identification of major blood vessels in the CT and 99mTc SPECT images. The vessels are segmented from the image datasets by outlining them on transverse planar slices using a mouse-based drawing tool. Stacking the transverse outlines provides a three-dimensional representation of the vascular structures. Registration is performed by matching the surfaces of the segmented volumes. Dual isotope acquisition of 111In and 99mTc activities provides precise SPECT-SPECT registration so that registration in three dimensions of the 111In MoAb and CT images is achieved by applying the same transformation obtained from the 99mTc SPECT-CT registration. Results: This method provided accurate registration of pelvic structures and significantly improved interpretation of 111In MoAb 7E11.C5 exams. Furthermore, sites of involvement by prostate cancer suggested by the 111In MoAb examination could be interpreted with the bony and soft tissue (nodal) anatomy seen on CT. Conclusion: This method is a general clinical tool for the registration of pelvic CT and SPECT imaging data. There are immediate applications in conformal radiation therapy treatment planning for certain prostate cancer patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-351
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nuclear Medicine
Volume40
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 1999
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Conformal radiation therapy
  • Image registration
  • Prostate cancer
  • Prostate imaging
  • Radioimmunotherapy
  • SPECT-CT registration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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    Hamilton, R. J., Blend, M. J., Pelizzari, C. A., Milliken, B. D., & Vijayakumar, S. (1999). Using vascular structure for CT-SPECT registration in the pelvis. Journal of Nuclear Medicine, 40(2), 347-351.