A novel filtering approach for 3D harmonic phase analysis of tagged MRI

Xiaokai Wang, Maureen L. Stone, Jerry L. Prince, Arnold D. Gomez

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Harmonic phase analysis has been used to perform noninvasive organ motion and strain estimation using tagged magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The filtering process, which is used to produce harmonic phase images used for tissue tracking, influences the estimation accuracy. In this work, we evaluated different filtering approaches, and propose a novel high-pass filter for volumes tagged in individual directions. Testing was done using an open benchmarking dataset and synthetic images obtained using a mechanical model. We compared estimation results from our filtering approach with results from the traditional filtering approach. Our results indicate that 1) the proposed high-pass filter outperforms the traditional filtering approach reducing error by as much as 50% and 2) the accuracy improvements are especially marked in complex deformations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2018
Subtitle of host publicationImage Processing
EditorsElsa D. Angelini, Elsa D. Angelini, Bennett A. Landman
ISBN (Electronic)9781510616370
StatePublished - 2018
EventMedical Imaging 2018: Image Processing - Houston, United States
Duration: Feb 11 2018Feb 13 2018

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


OtherMedical Imaging 2018: Image Processing
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Imaging
  • brain
  • mechanics
  • tongue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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