This study examined texture analysis for objective identification of nonperfused myocardial segments in myocardial contrast echocardiographic (MCE) images. Short-axis MCE images from six open chest pigs after coronary artery ligation were examined. Six of 26 features (low gray level run emphasis, high gray level run emphasis, sum mean, sum variance, coefficient of variance and diagonal variance) demonstrated a significant texture value difference (P < 0.01) between the nonperfused and perfused segments with minimal statistical distribution overlap between the two groups. This study demonstrates that texture features other than mean gray level can objectively distinguish nonperfused from perfused myocardium in MCE images and may thus augment the diagnostic accuracy of current analysis techniques.
- Myocardial contrast echocardiography
- Myocardial perfusion
- Tissue characterization
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine