Functional analysis of the placenta is important to analyze and understand its role in fetal growth and development. BOLD MR is a non-invasive technique that has been extensively used for functional analysis of the brain. During the last years, several studies have shown that this dynamic image modality is also useful to extract functional information of the placenta. We propose in this paper a method to track the placenta from a sequence of BOLD MR images acquired under normoxia and hyperoxia conditions with the goal of quantifying how the placenta adapts to oxygenation changes. The method is based on a spatiotemporal transformation model that ensures temporal coherence of the tracked structures. The method was initially applied to four patients with healthy pregnancies. An average MR signal increase of 16.96±8.39% during hyperoxia was observed. These automated results are in line with state-of-the-art reports using time-consuming manual segmentations subject to inter-observer errors.
Antonio R. Porras, Gemma Piella, Wonsang You, Catherine Limperopoulos, and Marius George Linguraru, "Quantification of oxygen changes in the placenta from BOLD MR image sequences," Proc. SPIE 10134, Medical Imaging 2017: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 1013406 (Presented at SPIE Medical Imaging: February 13, 2017; Published: 3 March 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2254352.
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