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3-D segmentation of retinal blood vessels in spectral-domain OCT volumes of the optic nerve head
Author(s): Kyungmoo Lee; Michael D. Abràmoff; Meindert Niemeijer; Mona K. Garvin; Milan Sonka
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Paper Abstract

Segmentation of retinal blood vessels can provide important information for detecting and tracking retinal vascular diseases including diabetic retinopathy, arterial hypertension, arteriosclerosis and retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Many studies on 2-D segmentation of retinal blood vessels from a variety of medical images have been performed. However, 3-D segmentation of retinal blood vessels from spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) volumes, which is capable of providing geometrically accurate vessel models, to the best of our knowledge, has not been previously studied. The purpose of this study is to develop and evaluate a method that can automatically detect 3-D retinal blood vessels from spectral-domain OCT scans centered on the optic nerve head (ONH). The proposed method utilized a fast multiscale 3-D graph search to segment retinal surfaces as well as a triangular mesh-based 3-D graph search to detect retinal blood vessels. An experiment on 30 ONH-centered OCT scans (15 right eye scans and 15 left eye scans) from 15 subjects was performed, and the mean unsigned error in 3-D of the computer segmentations compared with the independent standard obtained from a retinal specialist was 3.4 ± 2.5 voxels (0.10 ± 0.07 mm).

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 March 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7626, Medical Imaging 2010: Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging, 76260V (9 March 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.844330
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Kyungmoo Lee, The Univ. of Iowa (United States)
Michael D. Abràmoff, The Univ. of Iowa (United States)
Veterans Administration Medical Ctr., Iowa City (United States)
Meindert Niemeijer, Univ. Medical Ctr. Utrecht (Netherlands)
Mona K. Garvin, The Univ. of Iowa (United States)
Milan Sonka, The Univ. of Iowa (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7626:
Medical Imaging 2010: Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging
Robert C. Molthen; John B. Weaver, Editor(s)

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