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A novel framework for automated 3D PDM construction using deformable models
Author(s): Zheen Zhao; Eam Khwang Teoh
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes a novel framework to build 3D Point Distribution Model (PDM) from a set of segmented volumetric images. This method is based on a deformable model algorithm. Each training sample deforms to approximate all other training shapes. The training sample with best approximation results is then chosen as the template. Finally, the poor approximation results from this template are improved by the "bridge over" scheme, which deforms the template to approximate intermediate training shapes and then deforms the approximations to outliers. The method is applied to construct a 3D PDM of 20 human brain ventricles. The results show that the algorithm leads to more accurate representation than traditional framework. Also, the performance of the PDM of soft tissue is comparable with the PDM of bone structures by a previous method. The traditional framework of deformable model based approach selects the template arbitrarily and deforms the template to approximate training shapes directly. The limitation of the traditional framework is that the representation accuracy of the PDM entirely depends on the direct approximation. Moreover, the arbitrary template selection deteriorates the accuracy of the approximation. Our framework that features template selection and indirect approximation solves the shortcomings and improves the PDM representation accuracy. Furthermore, the "bridge over" framework could be used with any deformable model algorithm. In this sense, the method is a generic framework open to future investigation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 April 2005
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5747, Medical Imaging 2005: Image Processing, (29 April 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.594736
Show Author Affiliations
Zheen Zhao, Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)
Eam Khwang Teoh, Nanyang Technological Univ. (Singapore)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5747:
Medical Imaging 2005: Image Processing
J. Michael Fitzpatrick; Joseph M. Reinhardt, Editor(s)

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