Motion-corrected coronary calcium scores by a convolutional neural network: a robotic simulating study

Yaping Zhang, Niels R. van der Werf, Beibei Jiang, Robbert van Hamersvelt, Marcel J. W. Greuter, Xueqian Xie*

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Objective To classify motion-induced blurred images of calcified coronary plaques so as to correct coronary calcium scores on nontriggered chest CT, using a deep convolutional neural network (CNN) trained by images of motion artifacts. Methods Three artificial coronary arteries containing nine calcified plaques of different densities (high, medium, and low) and sizes (large, medium, and small) were attached to a moving robotic arm. The artificial arteries moving at 0-90 mm/s were scanned to generate nine categories (each from one calcified plaque) of images with motion artifacts. An inception v3 CNN was fine-tuned and validated. Agatston scores of the predicted classification by CNN were considered as corrected scores. Variation of Agatston scores on moving plaque and by CNN correction was calculated using the scores at rest as reference. Results The overall accuracy of CNN classification was 79.2 +/- 6.1% for nine categories. The accuracy was 88.3 +/- 4.9%, 75.9 +/- 6.4%, and 73.5 +/- 5.0% for the high-, medium-, and low-density plaques, respectively. Compared with the Agatston score at rest, the overall median score variation was 37.8% (1st and 3rd quartile, 10.5% and 68.8%) in moving plaques. CNN correction largely decreased the variation to 3.7% (1.9%, 9.1%) (p <0.001, Mann-Whitney U test) and improved the sensitivity (percentage of non-zero scores among all the scores) from 65 to 85% for detection of coronary calcifications. Conclusions In this experimental study, CNN showed the ability to classify motion-induced blurred images and correct calcium scores derived from nontriggered chest CT. CNN correction largely reduces the overall Agatston score variation and increases the sensitivity to detect calcifications.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Radiology
Publication statusPublished - 18-Oct-2019


  • Tomography
  • X-ray computed
  • Phantoms
  • imaging
  • Artifacts
  • Artificial intelligence
  • CT

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