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Recognition of lung nodules from x-ray CT images considering 3D structure of objects and uncertainty of recognition
Author(s): Hotaka Takizawa; Gentaro Fukano; Shinji Yamamoto; Tohru Matsumoto; Yukio Tateno; Takeshi Iinuma; Mitsuomi Matsumoto
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we propose a method of recognition of lung nodules using 3D nodule and blood vessel models considering uncertainty of recognition. Region of interest (ROI) areas are extracted by our quoit filter which is a kind of Mathematical Morphology filter. We represent nodules as sphere models, blood vessels as cylinder models and the branches of the blood vessels as the connections of the cylinder models, respectively. All of the possible models for nodules and blood vessels are generated which can occur in the ROI areas. The probabilities of the hypotheses of the ROI areas coming from the sphere models are calculated and the probabilities for the cylinder models are also calculated. The most possible sphere models and cylinder models which maximize the probabilities are searched considering uncertainty of recognition. If the maximum probability for the nodule model is higher, the shadow candidate is determined to be abnormal. By applying this new method to actual CT images (37 patient images), good results have been acquired.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 June 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3979, Medical Imaging 2000: Image Processing, (6 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.387604
Show Author Affiliations
Hotaka Takizawa, Toyohashi Univ. of Technology (Japan)
Gentaro Fukano, Toyohashi Univ. of Technology (Japan)
Shinji Yamamoto, Toyohashi Univ. of Technology (Japan)
Tohru Matsumoto, National Institute of Radiological Science (Japan)
Yukio Tateno, National Institute of Radiological Science (Japan)
Takeshi Iinuma, Saitama Institute of Technology (Japan)
Mitsuomi Matsumoto, Tokyo Metropolitan Univ. of Health Sciences (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3979:
Medical Imaging 2000: Image Processing
Kenneth M. Hanson, Editor(s)

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