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Automated contour extraction using a multiscale approach
Author(s): Hamid Soltanian-Zadeh; Joe P. Windham; Feng Chen
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Paper Abstract

Many image registration methods use the surface of the head or brain to estimate rotation and translation parameters. The surface is usually characterized by a set of edge or contour points extracted from cross-sectional images. Automatic extraction of contour points is complicated by discontinuity of edges in the back of eyes and ears and sometimes by an inadequate field of view. We have developed an automated method for contour extraction that connects discontinuities using a multi-scale pyramid. Steps of the method are: (1) contour points are found by an edge-tracking algorithm; (2) a multi-scale pyramid of contour points is constructed; (3) contour points of reduced images are found; (4) from the continuous contour found at the lowest scale, contour points at a higher scale are found; (5) step 4 is repeated until contour points at the highest resolution (original image) are found. The method runs fast and has successfully been used for MRI and CT image registration. We illustrate the method and its performance using MRI and CT images of the human brain.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 May 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2434, Medical Imaging 1995: Image Processing, (12 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.208740
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Hamid Soltanian-Zadeh, Henry Ford Hospital (United States)
Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Univ. of Tehran (Iran)
Joe P. Windham, Henry Ford Hospital (United States)
Feng Chen, Henry Ford Hospital (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2434:
Medical Imaging 1995: Image Processing
Murray H. Loew, Editor(s)

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