Mesh-Based 3D Motion Tracking in Cardiac MRI Using Deep Learning

Qingjie Meng, Wenjia Bai, Tianrui Liu, Declan P. O’Regan, Daniel Rueckert

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3D motion estimation from cine cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) images is important for the assessment of cardiac function and diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases. Most of the previous methods focus on estimating pixel-/voxel-wise motion fields in the full image space, which ignore the fact that motion estimation is mainly relevant and useful within the object of interest, e.g., the heart. In this work, we model the heart as a 3D geometric mesh and propose a novel deep learning-based method that can estimate 3D motion of the heart mesh from 2D short- and long-axis CMR images. By developing a differentiable mesh-to-image rasterizer, the method is able to leverage the anatomical shape information from 2D multi-view CMR images for 3D motion estimation. The differentiability of the rasterizer enables us to train the method end-to-end. One advantage of the proposed method is that by tracking the motion of each vertex, it is able to keep the vertex correspondence of 3D meshes between time frames, which is important for quantitative assessment of the cardiac function on the mesh. We evaluate the proposed method on CMR images acquired from the UK Biobank study. Experimental results show that the proposed method quantitatively and qualitatively outperforms both conventional and learning-based cardiac motion tracking methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2022 - 25th International Conference, Proceedings
EditorsLinwei Wang, Qi Dou, P. Thomas Fletcher, Stefanie Speidel, Shuo Li
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783031164453
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes
Event25th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2022 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 18 Sep 202222 Sep 2022

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume13436 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference25th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2022


  • Differentiable rasterizer
  • Mesh
  • Multi-view images


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