Dynamic infrared imaging is a promising technique in breast oncology. In this study a QWIP infrared camera is used to acquire a sequence of consecutive thermal images of the patient’s breast for 10 s. Information on the local blood perfusion is obtained from the spectral analysis of the time series at each image pixel. Due to respiratory and motion artifacts, the direct comparison of the temperature values that a pixel assumes along the sequence becomes difficult. In fact, the small temperature changes due to blood perfusion, of the order of 10-50 mK, which constitute the signal of interest in the time domain, are superimposed onto large temperature fluctuations due to the subject’s motion, which represent noise. To improve the time series signal-to-noise ratio, and, as a consequence, enhance the specificity and sensitivity of the dynamic infrared examination, it is important to realign the thermal images of the acquisition sequence thus reducing motion artifacts. In a previous study we demonstrated that a registration algorithm based on fiducial points is suitable to both clinical applications and research, when associated with a proper set of skin markers. In this paper, we quantitatively evaluate the performance of different marker sets by means of a model that allows for estimating the signal-to-noise ratio increment due to registration, and we conclude that a 12-marker set is a good compromise between motion artifact reduction and the time required to prepare the patient.

Motion Artifact Reduction in Breast Dynamic Infrared Imaging / Agostini, Valentina; Knaflitz, Marco; Molinari, Filippo. - In: IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING. - ISSN 0018-9294. - ELETTRONICO. - 56(3):(2009), pp. 903-906. [10.1109/TBME.2008.2005584]

Motion Artifact Reduction in Breast Dynamic Infrared Imaging

AGOSTINI, VALENTINA;KNAFLITZ, Marco;MOLINARI, FILIPPO
2009

Abstract

Dynamic infrared imaging is a promising technique in breast oncology. In this study a QWIP infrared camera is used to acquire a sequence of consecutive thermal images of the patient’s breast for 10 s. Information on the local blood perfusion is obtained from the spectral analysis of the time series at each image pixel. Due to respiratory and motion artifacts, the direct comparison of the temperature values that a pixel assumes along the sequence becomes difficult. In fact, the small temperature changes due to blood perfusion, of the order of 10-50 mK, which constitute the signal of interest in the time domain, are superimposed onto large temperature fluctuations due to the subject’s motion, which represent noise. To improve the time series signal-to-noise ratio, and, as a consequence, enhance the specificity and sensitivity of the dynamic infrared examination, it is important to realign the thermal images of the acquisition sequence thus reducing motion artifacts. In a previous study we demonstrated that a registration algorithm based on fiducial points is suitable to both clinical applications and research, when associated with a proper set of skin markers. In this paper, we quantitatively evaluate the performance of different marker sets by means of a model that allows for estimating the signal-to-noise ratio increment due to registration, and we conclude that a 12-marker set is a good compromise between motion artifact reduction and the time required to prepare the patient.
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