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Real-time measurement system for the evaluation of the Intima Media Thickness with a new edge detector

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5 Author(s)
Francesco Faita ; Institure of Clinical Physiology, National Research Council, Pisa, Italy. e-mail: f.faita@ifc.cnr.it ; Vincenzo Gemignani ; Elisabetta Bianchini ; Chiara Giannarelli
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The evaluation of the intima media thickness (IMT) of the common carotid artery (CCA) with B-mode ultrasonography represents an important index of cardiovascular risk. The IMT is defined as the distance between the leading edge of the lumen-intima interface and the leading edge of the media-adventitia interface. In order to evaluate the IMT, it is necessary to locate such edges. In this paper we developed an automatic real-time system to evaluate the IMT based on the first order absolute moment (FOAM), which is used as an edge detector, and on a pattern recognition approach. The IMT measurements were compared with manual measurements. We used regression analysis and Bland-Altman analysis to compare the results

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2006. EMBS '06. 28th Annual International Conference of the IEEE

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Aug. 30 2006-Sept. 3 2006