Respiratory gating is a common technique used to compensate for patient breathing motion and decrease the prevalence of image artifacts that can impact diagnoses. In this study a new data-driven respiratory gating method (PeTrack) was compared with a conventional optical tracking system. The performance of respiratory gating of the two systems was evaluated by comparing the number of respiratory triggers, patient breathing intervals and gross heart motion as measured in the respiratory-gated image reconstructions of rubidium-82 cardiac PET scans in test and control groups consisting of 15 and 8 scans, respectively. We found evidence suggesting that PeTrack is a robust patient motion tracking system that can be used to retrospectively assess patient motion in the event of failure of the conventional optical tracking system.

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Keywords Cardiac imaging, Nuclear medicine, Pet, Respiratory gating
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Conference Medical Imaging 2017: Physics of Medical Imaging
Manwell, S. (Spencer), Chamberland, M.J.P. (Marc J. P.), Klein, R. (Ran), Xu, T, & Dekemp, R. (Robert). (2017). Evaluation of the clinical efficacy of the PeTrack motion tracking system for respiratory gating in cardiac PET imaging. In Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE. doi:10.1117/12.2255544