Structural similarity analysis of midfacial fractures: a feasibility study

Romke Rozema*, Herbert T Kruitbosch, Baucke van Minnen, Bart Dorgelo, Joep Kraeima, Peter M A van Ooijen

*Corresponding author voor dit werk

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The structural similarity index metric is used to measure the similarity between two images. The aim here was to study the feasibility of this metric to measure the structural similarity and fracture characteristics of midfacial fractures in computed tomography (CT) datasets following radiation dose reduction, iterative reconstruction (IR) and deep learning reconstruction. Zygomaticomaxillary fractures were inflicted on four human cadaver specimen and scanned with standard and low dose CT protocols. Datasets were reconstructed using varying strengths of IR and the subsequently applying the PixelShine™ deep learning algorithm as post processing. Individual small and non-dislocated fractures were selected for the data analysis. After attenuating the osseous anatomy of interest, registration was performed to superimpose the datasets and subsequently to measure by structural image quality. Changes to the fracture characteristics were measured by comparing each fracture to the mirrored contralateral anatomy. Twelve fracture locations were included in the data analysis. The most structural image quality changes occurred with radiation dose reduction (0.980036±0.011904), whilst the effects of IR strength (0.995399±0.001059) and the deep learning algorithm (0.999996±0.000002) were small. Radiation dose reduction and IR strength tended to affect the fracture characteristics. Both the structural image quality and fracture characteristics were not affected by the use of the deep learning algorithm. In conclusion, evidence is provided for the feasibility of using the structural similarity index metric for the analysis of structural image quality and fracture characteristics.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)1571-1578
Aantal pagina's8
TijdschriftQuantitative imaging in medicine and surgery
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
Vroegere onlinedatum17-aug.-2021
StatusPublished - feb.-2022


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