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Hippocampus segmentation using locally weighted prior based level set
Author(s): Anusha Achuthan; Mandava Rajeswari
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Paper Abstract

Segmentation of hippocampus in the brain is one of a major challenge in medical image segmentation due to its’ imaging characteristics, with almost similar intensity between another adjacent gray matter structure, such as amygdala. The intensity similarity has causes the hippocampus to have weak or fuzzy boundaries. With this main challenge being demonstrated by hippocampus, a segmentation method that relies on image information alone may not produce accurate segmentation results. Therefore, it is needed an assimilation of prior information such as shape and spatial information into existing segmentation method to produce the expected segmentation. Previous studies has widely integrated prior information into segmentation methods. However, the prior information has been utilized through a global manner integration, and this does not reflect the real scenario during clinical delineation. Therefore, in this paper, a locally integrated prior information into a level set model is presented. This work utilizes a mean shape model to provide automatic initialization for level set evolution, and has been integrated as prior information into the level set model. The local integration of edge based information and prior information has been implemented through an edge weighting map that decides at voxel level which information need to be observed during a level set evolution. The edge weighting map shows which corresponding voxels having sufficient edge information. Experiments shows that the proposed integration of prior information locally into a conventional edge-based level set model, known as geodesic active contour has shown improvement of 9% in averaged Dice coefficient.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 December 2015
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9817, Seventh International Conference on Graphic and Image Processing (ICGIP 2015), 98170G (9 December 2015);
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Anusha Achuthan, Univ. Sains Malaysia (Malaysia)
Mandava Rajeswari, Univ. Sains Malaysia (Malaysia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9817:
Seventh International Conference on Graphic and Image Processing (ICGIP 2015)
Yulin Wang; Xudong Jiang, Editor(s)

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