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Phase Based Level Set Segmentation of Blood Vessels
Linköping University, Department of Science and Technology, Digital Media. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6457-4914
Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Medical Informatics. Linköping University, Center for Medical Image Science and Visualization (CMIV). Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9267-2191
2008 (English)In: Proceedings of 19th International Conference on Pattern Recognition, IEEE Computer Society , 2008, 1-4 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The segmentation and analysis of blood vessels hasreceived much attention in the research community. Theresults aid numerous applications for diagnosis andtreatment of vascular diseases. Here we use level setpropagation with local phase information to capture theboundaries of vessels. The basic notion is that localphase, extracted using quadrature filters, allows us todistinguish between lines and edges in an image. Notingthat vessels appear either as lines or edge pairs, weintegrate multiple scales and capture information aboutvessels of varying width. The outcome is a “global”phase which can be used to drive a contour robustly towardsthe vessel edges. We show promising results in2D and 3D. Comparison with a related method givessimilar or even better results and at a computationalcost several orders of magnitude less. Even with verysparse initializations, our method captures a large portionof the vessel tree.

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IEEE Computer Society , 2008. 1-4 p.
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International Conference on Pattern Recognition, ISSN 1051-4651
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Medical Laboratory and Measurements Technologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-21054DOI: 10.1109/ICPR.2008.4760970ISI: 000264729000023ISBN: 978-1-4244-2175-6 (print)ISBN: 978-1-4244-2174-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-21054DiVA: diva2:240478
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19th International Conference on Pattern Recognition (ICPR 2008), 8-11 December 2008, Tampa, Finland
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Available from: 2009-09-28 Created: 2009-09-28 Last updated: 2015-10-09
In thesis
1. Segmentation Methods for Medical Image Analysis: Blood vessels, multi-scale filtering and level set methods
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Segmentation Methods for Medical Image Analysis: Blood vessels, multi-scale filtering and level set methods
2010 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Image segmentation is the problem of partitioning an image into meaningful parts, often consisting of an object and background. As an important part of many imaging applications, e.g. face recognition, tracking of moving cars and people etc, it is of general interest to design robust and fast segmentation algorithms. However, it is well accepted that there is no general method for solving all segmentation problems. Instead, the algorithms have to be highly adapted to the application in order to achieve good performance. In this thesis, we will study segmentation methods for blood vessels in medical images. The need for accurate segmentation tools in medical applications is driven by the increased capacity of the imaging devices. Common modalities such as CT and MRI generate images which simply cannot be examined manually, due to high resolutions and a large number of image slices. Furthermore, it is very difficult to visualize complex structures in three-dimensional image volumes without cutting away large portions of, perhaps important, data. Tools, such as segmentation, can aid the medical staff in browsing through such large images by highlighting objects of particular importance. In addition, segmentation in particular can output models of organs, tumors, and other structures for further analysis, quantification or simulation.

We have divided the segmentation of blood vessels into two parts. First, we model the vessels as a collection of lines and edges (linear structures) and use filtering techniques to detect such structures in an image. Second, the output from this filtering is used as input for segmentation tools. Our contributions mainly lie in the design of a multi-scale filtering and integration scheme for de- tecting vessels of varying widths and the modification of optimization schemes for finding better segmentations than traditional methods do. We validate our ideas on synthetical images mimicking typical blood vessel structures, and show proof-of-concept results on real medical images.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2010. 44 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1434
Keyword
Image segmentation, Medical image analysis, Level set method, Quadrature filter, Multi-scale
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Computer Vision and Robotics (Autonomous Systems)
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-54181 (URN)LIU-TEK-LIC-2010:5 (Local ID)978-91-7393-410-7 (ISBN)LIU-TEK-LIC-2010:5 (Archive number)LIU-TEK-LIC-2010:5 (OAI)
Presentation
2010-04-15, K3, Kåkenhus, Campus Norrköping, Linköpings universitet, Norrköping, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2010-04-20 Created: 2010-03-01 Last updated: 2016-08-31Bibliographically approved

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