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Linear time algorithms for exact distance transform: elaboration on Maurer et al. algorithm
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In 2003, Maurer at al. [7] published a paper describing an algorithm that computes the exact distance transform in a linear time (with respect to image size) for the rectangular binary images in the k-dimensional space Rk and distance measured with respect to Lp-metric for 1 ≤ p ≤ ∞, which includes Euclidean distance L2. In this paper we discuss this algorithm from theoretical and practical points of view. On the practical side, we concentrate on its Euclidean distance version, discuss the possible ways of implementing it as signed distance transform, and experimentally compare implemented algorithms. We also describe the parallelization of these algorithms and the computation time savings associated with such an implementation. The discussed implementations will be made available as a part of the CAVASS software system developed and maintained in our group [5]. On the theoretical side, we prove that our version of the signed distance transform algorithm, GBDT, returns, in a linear time, the exact value of the distance from the geometrically defined object boundary. We notice that, actually, the precise form of the algorithm from [7] is not well defined for L1 and L∞ metrics and point to our complete proof (not given in [7]) that all these algorithms work correctly for the Lp-metric with 1 < p < ∞.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 March 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7259, Medical Imaging 2009: Image Processing, 72592T (27 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.811010
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Krzysztof Chris Ciesielski, West Virginia Univ. (United States)
Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Jayaram K. Udupa, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Xinjian Chen, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
George J. Grevera, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Saint Joseph's Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7259:
Medical Imaging 2009: Image Processing
Josien P. W. Pluim; Benoit M. Dawant, Editor(s)

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