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Comparative Quantitative Evaluation of MR-Based Attenuation Correction Methods in Combined Brain PET/MR

2010

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Combined PET/MR provides at the same time molecular and functional imaging as well as excellent soft tissue contrast. It does not allow one to directly measure the attenuation properties of scanned tissues, despite the fact that accurate attenuation maps are necessary for quantitative PET imaging. Several methods have therefore been proposed for MR-based attenuation correction (MR-AC). So far, they have only been evaluated on data acquired from separate MR and PET scanners. We evaluated several MR-AC methods on data from 10 patients acquired on a combined BrainPET/MR scanner. This allowed the consideration of specific PET/MR issues, such as the RF coil that attenuates and scatters 511 keV gammas. We evaluated simple MR thresholding methods as well as atlas and machine learning-based MR-AC. CT-based AC served as gold standard reference. To comprehensively evaluate the MR-AC accuracy, we used RoIs from 2 anatomic brain atlases with different levels of detail. Visual inspection of the PET images indicated that even the basic FLASH threshold MR-AC may be sufficient for several applications. Using a UTE sequence for bone prediction in MR-based thresholding occasionally led to false prediction of bone tissue inside the brain, causing a significant overestimation of PET activity. Although it yielded a lower mean underestimation of activity, it exhibited the highest variance of all methods. The atlas averaging approach had a smaller mean error, but showed high maximum overestimation on the RoIs of the more detailed atlas. The Nave Bayes and Atlas-Patch MR-AC yielded the smallest variance, and the Atlas-Patch also showed the smallest mean error. In conclusion, Atlas-based AC using only MR information on the BrainPET/MR yields a high level of accuracy that is sufficient for clinical quantitative imaging requirements. The Atlas-Patch approach was superior to alternative atlas-based methods, yielding a quantification error below 10% for all RoIs except very small ones.

Author(s): Mantlik, F. and Hofmann, M. and Bezrukov, I. and Kolb, A. and Beyer, T. and Reimold, M. and Pichler, BJ. and Schölkopf, B.
Volume: 2010
Number (issue): M08-4
Year: 2010
Month: November
Day: 0

Department(s): Empirical Inference
Bibtex Type: Talk (talk)

Digital: 0
Event Name: 2010 Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference (NSS-MIC 2010)
Event Place: Knoxville, TN, USA
Institution: Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics
Language: en
Organization: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
School: Biologische Kybernetik

BibTex

@talk{6801,
  title = {Comparative Quantitative Evaluation of MR-Based Attenuation Correction Methods in Combined Brain PET/MR},
  author = {Mantlik, F. and Hofmann, M. and Bezrukov, I. and Kolb, A. and Beyer, T. and Reimold, M. and Pichler, BJ. and Sch{\"o}lkopf, B.},
  volume = {2010},
  number = {M08-4},
  organization = {Max-Planck-Gesellschaft},
  institution = {Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics},
  school = {Biologische Kybernetik},
  month = nov,
  year = {2010},
  month_numeric = {11}
}