20 March 2015 Active contour based segmentation of resected livers in CT images
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The majority of state of the art segmentation algorithms are able to give proper results in healthy organs but not in pathological ones. However, many clinical applications require an accurate segmentation of pathological organs. The determination of the target boundaries for radiotherapy or liver volumetry calculations are examples of this. Volumetry measurements are of special interest after tumor resection for follow up of liver regrow. The segmentation of resected livers presents additional challenges that were not addressed by state of the art algorithms. This paper presents a snakes based algorithm specially developed for the segmentation of resected livers. The algorithm is enhanced with a novel dynamic smoothing technique that allows the active contour to propagate with different speeds depending on the intensities visible in its neighborhood. The algorithm is evaluated in 6 clinical CT images as well as 18 artificial datasets generated from additional clinical CT images.
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Simon Oelmann, Simon Oelmann, Cristina Oyarzun Laura, Cristina Oyarzun Laura, Klaus Drechsler, Klaus Drechsler, Stefan Wesarg, Stefan Wesarg, } "Active contour based segmentation of resected livers in CT images", Proc. SPIE 9413, Medical Imaging 2015: Image Processing, 941316 (20 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2081898; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2081898
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