10 March 2009 Automatic segmentation of cortical vessels in pre- and post-tumor resection laser range scan images
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Measurement of intra-operative cortical brain movement is necessary to drive mechanical models developed to predict sub-cortical shift. At our institution, this is done with a tracked laser range scanner. This device acquires both 3D range data and 2D photographic images. 3D cortical brain movement can be estimated if 2D photographic images acquired over time can be registered. Previously, we have developed a method, which permits this registration using vessels visible in the images. But, vessel segmentation required the localization of starting and ending points for each vessel segment. Here, we propose a method, which automates the segmentation process further. This method involves several steps: (1) correction of lighting artifacts, (2) vessel enhancement, and (3) vessels' centerline extraction. Result obtained on 5 images obtained in the operating room suggests that our method is robust and is able to segment vessels reliably.
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Siyi Ding, Siyi Ding, Michael I. Miga, Michael I. Miga, Reid C. Thompson, Reid C. Thompson, Ishita Garg, Ishita Garg, Benoit M. Dawant, Benoit M. Dawant, } "Automatic segmentation of cortical vessels in pre- and post-tumor resection laser range scan images", Proc. SPIE 7261, Medical Imaging 2009: Visualization, Image-Guided Procedures, and Modeling, 726104 (10 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.811702; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.811702

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