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Automatic sulcal curve extraction on the human cortical surface
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Paper Abstract

The recognition of sulcal regions on the cortical surface is an important task to shape analysis and landmark detection. However, it is challenging especially in a complex, rough human cortex. In this paper, we focus on the extraction of sulcal curves from the human cortical surface. The previous sulcal extraction methods are time-consuming in practice and often have a difficulty to delineate curves correctly along the sulcal regions in the presence of significant noise. Our pipeline is summarized in two main steps: 1) We extract candidate sulcal points spread over the sulcal regions. We further reduce the size of the candidate points by applying a line simplification method. 2) Since the candidate points are potentially located away from the exact valley regions, we propose a novel approach to connect candidate sulcal points so as to obtain a set of complete curves (line segments). We have shown in experiment that our method achieves high computational efficiency, improved robustness to noise, and high reliability in a test-retest situation as compared to a well-known existing method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 March 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9413, Medical Imaging 2015: Image Processing, 94130P (20 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2078291
Show Author Affiliations
Ilwoo Lyu, The Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)
Sun Hyung Kim, The Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)
Martin Styner, The Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9413:
Medical Imaging 2015: Image Processing
Sébastien Ourselin; Martin A. Styner, Editor(s)

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