A flow quantification method using fluid dynamics regularization and MR tagging

Yuttapong Jiraraksopakun, Mary P. McDougall, Steven M. Wright, Jim X. Ji

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This paper presents a new method for improved flow analysis and quantification using MRI. The method incorporates fluid dynamics to regularize the flow quantification from tagged MR images. Specifically, the flow quantification is formulated as a minimization problem based on the following: 1) the NavierStokes equation governing the fluid dynamics; 2) the flow continuity equation and boundary conditions; and 3) the data consistency constraint. The minimization is carried out using a genetic algorithm. This method is tested using both computer simulations and MR flow experiments. The results are evaluated using flow vector fields from the computational fluid dynamics software package as a reference, which show that the new method can achieve more realistic and accurate flow quantifications than the conventional method.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5415579
Pages (from-to)1437-1445
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2010



  • MR flow quantification
  • MR tagging
  • MRI
  • Motion estimation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering

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