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Deformable markers: mathematical morphology for active contour models control
Author(s): Nicolas F. Rougon; Francoise J. Preteux
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The concept of a deformable (active) marker of an image, defined as a numerical marker whose support is limited by a deformable (active) contour, is introduced. An active marker is specified by defining (1) an interface deformable model as well as the deformation process associated with it, and (2) an interaction process between the marker and the external field. We present a particular active marker model relying on a novel expanding-contracting inhomogeneous membrane/thin-plate model called a g-snake, and an interaction process based on controlled morphological marking techniques. We show that by allowing the external force field to be simplified and taking into account a global source of information, active markers provide a consistent solution to three major problems encountered by active contour models when applied to the segmentation of highly noisy images: (1) sensitivity to initialization, (2) undesirable attractions by non-significant localized or regionalized zones in the image, and (3) no relationship between their state of equilibrium and the real contours to be extracted. The efficiency and robustness of the method are demonstrated on ultrasound medical images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1568, Image Algebra and Morphological Image Processing II, (1 July 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.49885
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Nicolas F. Rougon, Telecom Paris and Labs. d'Electronique Philips (France)
Francoise J. Preteux, Telecom Paris (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1568:
Image Algebra and Morphological Image Processing II
Paul D. Gader; Edward R. Dougherty, Editor(s)

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