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Robust airway extraction based on machine learning and minimum spanning tree
Author(s): Tsutomu Inoue; Yoshiro Kitamura; Yuanzhong Li; Wataru Ito
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Paper Abstract

Recent advances in MDCT have improved the quality of 3D images. Virtual Bronchoscopy has been used before and during the bronchoscopic examination for the biopsy. However, Virtual Bronchoscopy has become widely used only for the examination of proximal airway diseases. The reason is that conventional airway extraction methods often fail to extract peripheral airways with low image contrast. In this paper, we propose a machine learning based method which can improve the extraction robustness remarkably. The method consists of 4 steps. In the first step, we use Hessian analysis to detect as many airway candidates as possible. In the second, false positives are reduced effectively by introducing a machine learning method. In the third, an airway tree is constructed from the airway candidates by utilizing a minimum spanning tree algorithm. In the fourth, we extract airway regions by using Graph cuts. Experimental results evaluated by a standardized evaluation framework show that our method can extract peripheral airways very well.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 February 2013
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 8670, Medical Imaging 2013: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 86700L (28 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2006321
Show Author Affiliations
Tsutomu Inoue, FUJIFILM Corp. (Japan)
Yoshiro Kitamura, FUJIFILM Corp. (Japan)
Yuanzhong Li, FUJIFILM Corp. (Japan)
Wataru Ito, FUJIFILM Corp. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8670:
Medical Imaging 2013: Computer-Aided Diagnosis
Carol L. Novak; Stephen Aylward, Editor(s)

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