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A Parallel Deconvolution Algorithm in Perfusion Imaging

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We present the implementation of a deconvolution algorithm for brain perfusion quantification on GPGPU (General Purpose Graphics Processor Units) using the CUDA programming model. GPUs originated as graphics generation dedicated co-processors, but the modern GPUs have evolved to become a more general processor capable of executing scientific computations. It provides a highly parallel computing environment due to its huge number of computing cores and constitutes an affordable high performance computing method. The objective of brain perfusion quantification is to generate parametric maps of relevant haemodynamic quantities such as Cerebral Blood Flow (CBF), Cerebral Blood Volume (CBV) and Meant Transit Time (MTT) that can be used in diagnosis of conditions such as stroke or brain tumours. These calculations involve deconvolution operations that in the case of using local Arterial Input Functions (AIF) can be very expensive computationally. We present the serial and parallel implementations of such algorithm and the evaluation of the performance gains using GPUs.

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Tuesday, 26 July, 2011 - 11:30
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Healthcare Informatics, Imaging and Systems Biology(HISB) 2011, Calnifornia, US