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Team CT:a Madrid+Vision project in collaboration with BIT-IE-UPM

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  • Fellow: Germán González

  • Collaborators: Raúl San José Estépar (BWH), Carlos Benito (UCR), Eduardo Fraile (UCR), Frank Rybicki (BWH), María Jesús Ledesma (UPM), Marisa García UCR).

Pulmonary emboli affect between 300,000-600,000 Americans every year and result in 12,000-80,000 deaths/year. Computed Tomography Pulmonary Angiogram (CTPA) is the reference standard for  imaging pulmonary emboli. However, radiologists miss visible emboli in 3-10% of cases. Delay of treatment or lack of treatment results in increased morbidity and mortality.

Team CT proposes to apply novel image analysis techniques and computer vision to design a computer aided detection system for pulmonary emboli in computed tomography pulmonary angiography, helping radiologists to make timely, accurate interpretation of CTPA images.

From the January 2013 newsletter:

The CAD-PE challenge

Team PET and their collaborators in Madrid and Boston are developing a method for computer aided detection of pulmonary embolisms. The current standard for screening misses as many as 10% of threats. They invite you to join the CAD-PE Challenge to help improve detection techniques that could save thousands of lives each year.

A pulmonary (thrombo)-embolism (PE) refers to the situation when a portion of a blood clot becomes lodged in a pulmonary artery. PE affects between 300,000-600,000 Americans every year and results in 12,000-80,000 deaths/ year.

Computed Tomography Pulmonary Angiogram (CTPA) is the reference standard in imaging of pulmonary emboli. However, radiologists miss visible emboli in 3-10% of cases [2,3,4]. Delay of treatment or lack of treatment results in increased morbidity and mortality [5]. Computer Aided Detection (CAD) systems to detect PE exist [6], but do not yield adequate specificity for their use in clinical practice [7] and increase read time [8]. This challenge is designed to foster research in the field of CAD for PE and to provide an objective benchmark with which to compare different algorithms of CAD for PE.

Learn more and get involved at http://www.cad-pe.org.

Learn about the rest of the 2011 Fellows' projects at the Overview Page.

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