Project Code: 10337298
Main Supervisor: Professor Alistair Young
Co supervisors: Avan Suinesiaputra
Application open date: 15 Oct 2015
Application deadline: 04 Jul 2018
Enrolment information: NZ Citizens, NZ Permanent Residents, International
Heart attack is a common cause of death. In this disease, parts of the heart become scarred, which hinders activation of the heartbeat. This project seeks to identify and quantify regions of scar in MRI images of the heart. Although scar tissues appear bright in the images, variations in the contrast due to tissue composition and imaging artefacts are still causing the difficulty to quantify scar tissue accurately. Scar quantification from MRI plays an important role in the diagnosis of cardiac disease, which includes assessment of myocardial viability, predicting improvement in cardiac resynchronisation therapy, and management of patients with tachycardia.
We want a student with a strong interest in developing a computer-assisted diagnostic tool, which can accurately segment and quantify scar tissue from MRI examinations. Ideally, this would be a computer science, electrical engineering or bioengineering student.
- Develop an algorithm to delineate scar tissues either semi or fully automatically.
- Develop an algorithm to quantify the degree of scar tissue
- Test and validate the algorithm.
- Optionally, to do benchmarking with an open-access challenge data available from (R. Karim et al., JCMR 2013).
- Prepare a report.