Automatic view plane prescription for cardiac magnetic resonance imaging via supervision by spatial relationship between views

22 Sep 2023  ·  Dong Wei, Yawen Huang, Donghuan Lu, Yuexiang Li, Yefeng Zheng ·

Background: View planning for the acquisition of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging remains a demanding task in clinical practice. Purpose: Existing approaches to its automation relied either on an additional volumetric image not typically acquired in clinic routine, or on laborious manual annotations of cardiac structural landmarks. This work presents a clinic-compatible, annotation-free system for automatic CMR view planning. Methods: The system mines the spatial relationship, more specifically, locates the intersecting lines, between the target planes and source views, and trains deep networks to regress heatmaps defined by distances from the intersecting lines. The intersection lines are the prescription lines prescribed by the technologists at the time of image acquisition using cardiac landmarks, and retrospectively identified from the spatial relationship. As the spatial relationship is self-contained in properly stored data, the need for additional manual annotation is eliminated. In addition, the interplay of multiple target planes predicted in a source view is utilized in a stacked hourglass architecture to gradually improve the regression. Then, a multi-view planning strategy is proposed to aggregate information from the predicted heatmaps for all the source views of a target plane, for a globally optimal prescription, mimicking the similar strategy practiced by skilled human prescribers. Results: The experiments include 181 CMR exams. Our system yields the mean angular difference and point-to-plane distance of 5.68 degrees and 3.12 mm, respectively. It not only achieves superior accuracy to existing approaches including conventional atlas-based and newer deep-learning-based in prescribing the four standard CMR planes but also demonstrates prescription of the first cardiac-anatomy-oriented plane(s) from the body-oriented scout.

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