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A new method for thresholding and gradient optimization at different tissue interfaces using class uncertainty
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Paper Abstract

The knowledge of thresholding and gradient at different tissue interfaces is of paramount interest in image segmentation and other imaging methods and applications. Most thresholding and gradient selection methods primarily focus on image histograms and therefore, fail to harness the information generated by intensity patterns in an image. We present a new thresholding and gradient optimization method which accounts for spatial arrangement of intensities forming different objects in an image. Specifically, we recognize object class uncertainty, a histogram-based feature, and formulate an energy function based on its correlation with image gradients that characterizes the objects and shapes in a given image. Finally, this energy function is used to determine optimum thresholds and gradients for various tissue interfaces. The underlying theory behind the method is that objects manifest themselves with fuzzy boundaries in an acquired image and that, in a probabilistic sense; intensities with high class uncertainty are associated with high image gradients generally indicating object/tissue interfaces. The new method simultaneously determines optimum values for both thresholds and gradient parameters at different object/tissue interfaces. The method has been applied on several 2D and 3D medical image data sets and it has successfully determined both thresholds and gradients for different tissue interfaces even when some of the thresholds are almost impossible to locate in their histograms. The accuracy and reproducibility of the method has been examined using 3D multi-row detector computed tomography images of two cadaveric ankles each scanned thrice with repositioning the specimen between two scans.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 March 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7259, Medical Imaging 2009: Image Processing, 72590H (27 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.811355
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Yinxiao Liu, Univ. of Iowa (United States)
Punam K. Saha, Univ. of Iowa (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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