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Unsupervised segmentation of ultrasound images by fusion of spatio-frequential textural features
Author(s): S. Benameur; M. Mignotte; F. Lavoie
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Paper Abstract

Image segmentation plays an important role in both qualitative and quantitative analysis of medical ultrasound images. However, due to their poor resolution and strong speckle noise, segmenting objects from this imaging modality remains a challenging task and may not be satisfactory with traditional image segmentation methods. To this end, this paper presents a simple, reliable, and conceptually different segmentation technique to locate and extract bone contours from ultrasound images. Instead of considering a new elaborate (texture) segmentation model specifically adapted for the ultrasound images, our technique proposes to fuse (i.e. efficiently combine) several segmentation maps associated with simpler segmentation models in order to get a final reliable and accurate segmentation result. More precisely, our segmentation model aims at fusing several K-means clustering results, each one exploiting, as simple cues, a set of complementary textural features, either spatial or frequential. Eligible models include the gray-level co-occurrence matrix, the re-quantized histogram, the Gabor filter bank, and local DCT coefficients. The experiments reported in this paper demonstrate the efficiency and illustrate all the potential of this segmentation approach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 March 2011
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7962, Medical Imaging 2011: Image Processing, 796239 (14 March 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.871172
Show Author Affiliations
S. Benameur, Eiffel Medtech, Inc. (Canada)
M. Mignotte, Univ. de Montréal (Canada)
F. Lavoie, Eiffel Medtech, Inc. (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7962:
Medical Imaging 2011: Image Processing
Benoit M. Dawant; David R. Haynor, Editor(s)

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