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Journal of Biomedical Optics • Open Access

Combined image-processing algorithms for improved optical coherence tomography of prostate nerves
Author(s): Shahab Chitchian; Thomas P. Weldon; Michael A. Fiddy; Nathaniel M. Fried

Paper Abstract

Cavernous nerves course along the surface of the prostate gland and are responsible for erectile function. These nerves are at risk of injury during surgical removal of a cancerous prostate gland. In this work, a combination of segmentation, denoising, and edge detection algorithms are applied to time-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) images of rat prostate to improve identification of cavernous nerves. First, OCT images of the prostate are segmented to differentiate the cavernous nerves from the prostate gland. Then, a locally adaptive denoising algorithm using a dual-tree complex wavelet transform is applied to reduce speckle noise. Finally, edge detection is used to provide deeper imaging of the prostate gland. Combined application of these three algorithms results in improved signal-to-noise ratio, imaging depth, and automatic identification of the cavernous nerves, which may be of direct benefit for use in laparoscopic and robotic nerve-sparing prostate cancer surgery.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2010
PDF: 6 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 15(4) 046014 doi: 10.1117/1.3481144
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 15, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
Shahab Chitchian, The Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte (United States)
Thomas P. Weldon, The Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte (United States)
Michael A. Fiddy, The Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte (United States)
Nathaniel M. Fried, The Univ. of North Carolina at Charlotte (United States)

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