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Image registration accuracy of an in-house developed patient transport system for PET/CT+MR and SPECT+CT imaging


Samarin, Andrei; Kuhn, Felix P; Brandsberg, Fredrik; von Schulthess, Gustav; Burger, Irene A (2015). Image registration accuracy of an in-house developed patient transport system for PET/CT+MR and SPECT+CT imaging. Nuclear medicine communications, 36(2):194-200.

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OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the registration accuracy of a newly developed patient shuttle system that can integrate different scanners by patient transfer without repositioning for 'hardware'-based image fusion. We aimed to assess the registration accuracy of image fusion in two different settings: a trimodality PET/CT+MR system and a SPECT+CT system. MATERIALS AND METHODS In this prospective study, 43 patients underwent either sequential PET/CT and MR (n=31) or sequential SPECT and diagnostic CT (D-CT) (n=12). A side-loading patient shuttle system was used for patient transport. For PET/CT+MR, hardware-only coregistration was performed and then validated with anatomical landmarks on CT and MR. SPECT+D-CT image fusion was performed with external cobalt-57 markers and manual fusion. Registration accuracy was analysed by anatomical landmarks on the attenuation correction CT and the D-CT. RESULTS For the PET/CT+MR system, the mean offset between original CT and MR images in all 31 patients was 8.1±5.7 mm in the X-axis, 5±4 mm in the Y-axis and 4.9±5.6 mm in the Z-axis. The validation of the cobalt-57 marker-assisted SPECT+D-CT fusion yielded offsets of 0.7±1.7 mm in the X-axis, 2.1±1.7 mm in the Y-axis and 0.8±1.8 mm in the Z-axis. CONCLUSION Sequential PET/CT+MR and SPECT+D-CT imaging using a dedicated patient shuttle system is feasible, resulting in mean offsets between data sets of 10.7 mm using the gantry laser system and 2.4 mm with fiducial markers.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the registration accuracy of a newly developed patient shuttle system that can integrate different scanners by patient transfer without repositioning for 'hardware'-based image fusion. We aimed to assess the registration accuracy of image fusion in two different settings: a trimodality PET/CT+MR system and a SPECT+CT system. MATERIALS AND METHODS In this prospective study, 43 patients underwent either sequential PET/CT and MR (n=31) or sequential SPECT and diagnostic CT (D-CT) (n=12). A side-loading patient shuttle system was used for patient transport. For PET/CT+MR, hardware-only coregistration was performed and then validated with anatomical landmarks on CT and MR. SPECT+D-CT image fusion was performed with external cobalt-57 markers and manual fusion. Registration accuracy was analysed by anatomical landmarks on the attenuation correction CT and the D-CT. RESULTS For the PET/CT+MR system, the mean offset between original CT and MR images in all 31 patients was 8.1±5.7 mm in the X-axis, 5±4 mm in the Y-axis and 4.9±5.6 mm in the Z-axis. The validation of the cobalt-57 marker-assisted SPECT+D-CT fusion yielded offsets of 0.7±1.7 mm in the X-axis, 2.1±1.7 mm in the Y-axis and 0.8±1.8 mm in the Z-axis. CONCLUSION Sequential PET/CT+MR and SPECT+D-CT imaging using a dedicated patient shuttle system is feasible, resulting in mean offsets between data sets of 10.7 mm using the gantry laser system and 2.4 mm with fiducial markers.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Nuclear Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:February 2015
Deposited On:11 Nov 2014 15:25
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 08:02
Publisher:Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
ISSN:0143-3636
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1097/MNM.0000000000000229
PubMed ID:25321155

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