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Towards a computer-aided diagnosis system for colon motility dysfunctions
Author(s): Ben Glocker; Sonja Buhmann; Chlodwig Kirchhoff; Thomas Mussack; Maximilian Reiser; Nassir Navab
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Paper Abstract

Colon motility disorders are a very common problem. A precise diagnosis with current methods is almost unachievable. This makes it extremely difficult for the clinical experts to decide for the right intervention such as colon resection. The use of cine MRI for visualizing the colon motility is a very promising technique. In addition, if image segmentation and qualitative motion analysis provide the necessary tools, it could provide the appropriate diagnostic solution. In this work we defined necessary steps in the image processing workflow to gain valuable measurements for a computer aided diagnosis of colon motility disorders. For each step, we developed methods to deal with the dynamic image data. There is need for compensating the breathing motion since no respiratory gating could be used. We segment the colon using a graph cuts approach in 2D and 3D for further analysis and visualization. The analysis of the large bowel motility is done by tracking the extension of the colon during a propagating peristaltic wave. The main objective of this work is to extract a motion model to define a clinical index that can be used in diagnosis of large bowel motility dysfunction. We aim at the classification and localization of such pathologies.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 March 2007
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 6514, Medical Imaging 2007: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 65140B (29 March 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.708900
Show Author Affiliations
Ben Glocker, Technische Univ. München (Germany)
Sonja Buhmann, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Chlodwig Kirchhoff, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Thomas Mussack, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Maximilian Reiser, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München (Germany)
Nassir Navab, Technische Univ. München (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6514:
Medical Imaging 2007: Computer-Aided Diagnosis
Maryellen L. Giger; Nico Karssemeijer, Editor(s)

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