Active volume models for 3D medical image segmentation

Tian Shen, Hongsheng Li, Zhen Qian, Xiaolei Huang

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In this paper, we propose a novel predictive model for object boundary, which can integrate information from any sources. The model is a dynamic "object" model whose manifestation includes a deformable surface representing shape, a volumetric interior carrying appearance statistics, and an embedded classifier that separates object from background based on current feature information. Unlike Snakes, Level Set, Graph Cut, MRF and CRF approaches, the model is "self-contained" in that it does not model the background, but rather focuses on an accurate representation of the foreground object's attributes. As we will show, however, the model is capable of reasoning about the background statistics thus can detect when is change sufficient to invoke a boundary decision. The shape of the 3D model is considered as an elastic solid, with a simplex-mesh (i.e. finite element triangulation) surface made of thousands of vertices. Deformations of the model are derived from a linear system that encodes external forces from the boundary of a Region of Interest (ROI), which is a binary mask representing the object region predicted by the current model. Efficient optimization and fast convergence of the model are achieved using the Finite Element Method (FEM). Other advantages of the model include the ease of dealing with topology changes and its ability to incorporate human interactions. Segmentation and validation results are presented for experiments on noisy 3D medical images.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops, CVPR Workshops 2009
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781424439935
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2009 - Miami, FL, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2009Jun 25 2009

Publication series

Name2009 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2009


Conference2009 IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMiami, FL

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Biomedical Engineering


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