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Multi-atlas spleen segmentation on CT using adaptive context learning
Author(s): Jiaqi Liu; Yuankai Huo; Zhoubing Xu; Albert Assad; Richard G. Abramson; Bennett A. Landman
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Paper Abstract

Automatic spleen segmentation on CT is challenging due to the complexity of abdominal structures. Multi-atlas segmentation (MAS) has shown to be a promising approach to conduct spleen segmentation. To deal with the substantial registration errors between the heterogeneous abdominal CT images, the context learning method for performance level estimation (CLSIMPLE) method was previously proposed. The context learning method generates a probability map for a target image using a Gaussian mixture model (GMM) as the prior in a Bayesian framework. However, the CLSSIMPLE typically trains a single GMM from the entire heterogeneous training atlas set. Therefore, the estimated spatial prior maps might not represent specific target images accurately. Rather than using all training atlases, we propose an adaptive GMM based context learning technique (AGMMCL) to train the GMM adaptively using subsets of the training data with the subsets tailored for different target images. Training sets are selected adaptively based on the similarity between atlases and the target images using cranio-caudal length, which is derived manually from the target image. To validate the proposed method, a heterogeneous dataset with a large variation of spleen sizes (100 cc to 9000 cc) is used. We designate a metric of size to differentiate each group of spleens, with 0 to 100 cc as small, 200 to 500cc as medium, 500 to 1000 cc as large, 1000 to 2000 cc as XL, and 2000 and above as XXL. From the results, AGMMCL leads to more accurate spleen segmentations by training GMMs adaptively for different target images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 February 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10133, Medical Imaging 2017: Image Processing, 1013309 (24 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2254437
Show Author Affiliations
Jiaqi Liu, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Yuankai Huo, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Zhoubing Xu, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Albert Assad, Incyte Corp. (United States)
Richard G. Abramson, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)
Bennett A. Landman, Vanderbilt Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10133:
Medical Imaging 2017: Image Processing
Martin A. Styner; Elsa D. Angelini, Editor(s)

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