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Abstract #2516

Improved SNAP with Mask-based Venous Flow Suppression

Haining Liu 1 , Zechen Zhou 2 , Jinnan Wang 3 , and Chun Yuan 2,4

1 Bioengineering Department, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States, 2 Bioengineering Department, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 3 Philips Research North America, NY, United States, 4 Radiology Department, University of Washington, WA, United States

SNAP can simultaneously detect lumen stenosis and hemorrhage of atherosclerotic plaque with good contrast and resolution. One of its limitations is its inability to differentiate the venous flow from arterial ones. Venous contamination like this will become a challenge to image reviews that focus only on the pathological characteristics of arteries. In this study, we suggest the use of mask generated from two scans with different venous lumen intensity to suppress the venous contamination in regular SNAP. As shown in the in vivo comparison, the venous flow was successfully suppressed while the contrast of arterial lumen was maintained.

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