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Using 3-D Shape Models to Guide Segmentation of MR Brain Images

Hinshaw, Kevin P and Brinkley, James F (1997) Using 3-D Shape Models to Guide Segmentation of MR Brain Images. In Proceedings, American Medical Informatics Association Fall Symposium, pages pp. 469-473. Awarded second place, student paper competition.

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Abstract

Accurate segmentation of medical images poses one of the major challenges in computer vision. Approaches that rely solely on intensity information frequently fail because similar intensity values appear in multiple structures. This paper presents a method for using shape knowledge to guide the segmentation process, applying it to the task of finding the surface of the brain. A 3-D model that includes local shape constraints is fitted to an MR volume dataset. The resulting low-resolution surface is used to mask out regions far from the cortical surface, enabling an isosurface extraction algorithm to isolate a more detailed surface boundary. The surfaces generated by this technique are comparable to those achieved by other methods, without requiring user adjustment of a large number of ad hoc parameters.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:brain mapping|medical image analysis|mibook97|model based vision|nihcv|sig online braincr02
Subjects:SIG Publications
ID Code:45
Deposited By:Hinshaw, Kevin
Deposited On:01 May 2003