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A robust and accurate approach to automatic blood vessel detection and segmentation from angiography x-ray images using multistage random forests
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we propose a novel approach based on multi-stage random forests to address problems faced by traditional vessel segmentation algorithms on account of image artifacts such as stitches organ shadows etc.. Our approach consists of collecting a very large number of training data consisting of positive and negative examples of valid seed points. The method makes use of a 14x14 window around a putative seed point. For this window three types of feature vectors are computed viz. vesselness, eigenvalue and a novel effective margin feature. A random forest RF is trained for each of the feature vectors. At run time the three RFs are applied in succession to a putative seed point generated by a naiive vessel detection algorithm based on vesselness. Our approach will prune this set of putative seed points to correctly identify true seed points thereby avoiding false positives. We demonstrate the effectiveness of our algorithm on a large dataset of angio images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 February 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8315, Medical Imaging 2012: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 83152F (23 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.910649
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Vipin Gupta, Philips Electronics India Ltd. (India)
Amit Kale, Siemens Information Systems Ltd. (India)
Hari Sundar, Siemens Corporate Research (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8315:
Medical Imaging 2012: Computer-Aided Diagnosis
Bram van Ginneken; Carol L. Novak, Editor(s)

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