Automated measurement of stent strut coverage in intravascular optical coherence tomography

Chi Young Ahn, Byeong Keuk Kim, Myeong Ki Hong, Yangsoo Jang, Jung Heo, Chulmin Joo, Jin Keun Seo

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Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive, cross-sectional imaging modality that has become a prominent imaging method in percutaneous intracoronary intervention. We present an automated detection algorithm for stent strut coordinates and coverage in OCT images. The algorithm for stent strut detection is composed of a coordinate transformation from the polar to the Cartesian domains and application of second derivative operators in the radial and the circumferential directions. Local region-based active contouring was employed to detect lumen boundaries. We applied the method to the OCT pullback images acquired from human patients in vivo to quantitatively measure stent strut coverage. The validation studies against manual expert assessments demonstrated high Pearson’s coefficients (R = 0.99) in terms of the stent strut coordinates, with no significant bias. An averaged Hausdorff distance of < 120 μm was obtained for vessel border detection. Quantitative comparison in stent strut to vessel wall distance found a bias of < 12.3 μm and a 95% confidence of < 110 μm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)558-570
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of the Korean Physical Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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