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A Laplace equation approach for shape comparison
Author(s): Eric Pichon; Delphine Nain; Marc Niethammer
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we propose a principled approach for shape comparison. Given two surfaces, one to one correspondences are determined using the Laplace equation. The distance between corresponding points is then used to define both global and local dissimilarity statistics between the surfaces. This technique provides a powerful method to compare shapes both locally and globally for the purpose of segmentation, registration or shape analysis. For improved accuracy, we propose a Boundary Element Method. Our approach is applicable to datasets of any dimension and offers subpixel resolution. We illustrate the usefulness of the technique for validation of segmentation, by defining global dissimilarity statistics and visualizing errors locally on color-coded surfaces. We also show how our technique can be applied to multiple shapes comparison.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 March 2006
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6141, Medical Imaging 2006: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display, 614119 (10 March 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.651135
Show Author Affiliations
Eric Pichon, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Delphine Nain, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Marc Niethammer, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6141:
Medical Imaging 2006: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Display
Kevin R. Cleary; Robert L. Galloway, Jr., Editor(s)

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