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Efficient multigrid solver for the 3D random walker algorithm
Author(s): Xin Wang; Tobias Heimann; Arne Naegel; Gabriel Wittum; Hans-Peter Meinzer
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Paper Abstract

The random walker algorithm is a graph-based segmentation method that has become popular over the past few years. The basis of the algorithm is a large, sparsely occupied system of linear equations, whose size corresponds to the number of voxels in the image. To solve these systems, typically comprised of millions of equations, the computational performance of conventional numerical solution methods (e.g. Gauss-Seidel) is no longer satisfactory. An alternative method that has been described previously for solving 2D random walker problems is the geometrical multigrid method. In this paper, we present a geometrical multigrid approach for the 3D random walker problem. Our approach features an optimized calculation of the required Galerkin product and a robust smoothing using the ILUβ method. To reach better convergence rates, the multigrid solver is used as a preconditioner for the conjugate gradient solver. We compared the performance of our new multigrid approach with the conjugate gradient solver on five MRI lung images with a resolution of 96 x 128 x 52 voxels. Initial results show an increasing in speed of up to four times, reducing the average computation time from six minutes to less than two minutes when using our proposed approach. Employing a multigrid solver for the random walker algorithm thus permits accurate interactive segmentation with fewer delays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 March 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7259, Medical Imaging 2009: Image Processing, 72593R (27 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.812821
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Xin Wang, German Cancer Research Ctr. (Germany)
Tobias Heimann, INRIA Sophia Antipolis (France)
Arne Naegel, Ruprecht-Karls-Univ. Heidelberg (Germany)
Gabriel Wittum, Ruprecht-Karls-Univ. Heidelberg (Germany)
Hans-Peter Meinzer, German Cancer Research Ctr. (Germany)


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

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