27 February 2018 Automatic blood vessel based-liver segmentation using the portal phase abdominal CT
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Liver segmentation is the basis for computer-based planning of hepatic surgical interventions. In diagnosis and analysis of hepatic diseases and surgery planning, automatic segmentation of liver has high importance. Blood vessel (BV) has showed high performance at liver segmentation. In our previous work, we developed a semi-automatic method that segments the liver through the portal phase abdominal CT images in two stages. First stage was interactive segmentation of abdominal blood vessels (ABVs) and subsequent classification into hepatic (HBVs) and non-hepatic (non-HBVs). This stage had 5 interactions that include selective threshold for bone segmentation, selecting two seed points for kidneys segmentation, selection of inferior vena cava (IVC) entrance for starting ABVs segmentation, identification of the portal vein (PV) entrance to the liver and the IVC-exit for classifying HBVs from other ABVs (non-HBVs). Second stage is automatic segmentation of the liver based on segmented ABVs as described in [4]. For full automation of our method we developed a method [5] that segments ABVs automatically tackling the first three interactions. In this paper, we propose full automation of classifying ABVs into HBVs and non- HBVs and consequently full automation of liver segmentation that we proposed in [4]. Results illustrate that the method is effective at segmentation of the liver through the portal abdominal CT images.
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Ahmed S. Maklad, Ahmed S. Maklad, Mikio Matsuhiro, Mikio Matsuhiro, Hidenobu Suzuki, Hidenobu Suzuki, Yoshiki Kawata, Yoshiki Kawata, Noboru Niki, Noboru Niki, Mitsuo Shimada, Mitsuo Shimada, Gen Iinuma, Gen Iinuma, "Automatic blood vessel based-liver segmentation using the portal phase abdominal CT", Proc. SPIE 10575, Medical Imaging 2018: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 1057527 (27 February 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2293581; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2293581

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