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Bronchial segment matching in low-dose lung CT scan pairs
Author(s): Jaesung Lee; Anthony P. Reeves; David F. Yankelevitz; Claudia I. Henschke
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Paper Abstract

Documenting any change in airway dimensions over time may be relevant for monitoring the progression of pulmonary diseases. In order to correctly measure the change in segmental dimensions of airways, it is necessary to locate the identical airway segments across two scans. In this paper, we present an automated method to match individual bronchial segments from a pair of low-dose CT scans. Our method uses the intensity information in addition to the graph structure as evidences for matching the individual segments. 3D image correlation matching technique is employed to match the region of interest around the branch points in two scans and therefore locate the matching bronchial segments. The matching process was designed to address the differences in airway tree structures from two scans due to the variation in tree segmentations. The algorithm was evaluated using 114 pairs of low-dose CT scans (120 kV, 40 mAs). The total number of segments matched was 3591, of which 99.7% were correctly matched. When the matching was limited to the bronchial segments of the fourth generation or less, the algorithm correctly identified all of 1553 matched segments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7260, Medical Imaging 2009: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 72600A (3 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.812024
Show Author Affiliations
Jaesung Lee, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Anthony P. Reeves, Cornell Univ. (United States)
David F. Yankelevitz, Weill Medical College, Cornell Univ. (United States)
Claudia I. Henschke, Weill Medical College, Cornell Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7260:
Medical Imaging 2009: Computer-Aided Diagnosis
Nico Karssemeijer; Maryellen L. Giger, Editor(s)

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