Pulmonary micronodule detection from 3D chest CT

Sukmoon Chang, Hirosh Emoto, Dimitris N. Metaxas, Leon Axel

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Computed Tomography (CT) is one of the most sensitive medical imaging modalities for detecting pulmonary nodules. Its high contrast resolution allows the detection of small nodules and thus lung cancer at a very early stage. In this paper, we propose a method for automating nodule detection from high-resolution chest CT images. Our method focuses on the detection of discrete types of granulomatous nodules less than 5mm in size using a series of 3D niters. Pulmonary nodules can be anywhere inside the lung, e.g., on lung walls, near vessels, or they may even be penetrated by vessels. For this reason, we first develop a new cylinder filter to suppress vessels and noise. Although nodules usually have higher intensity values than surrounding regions, many malignant nodules are of low contrast. In order not to ignore low contrast nodules, we develop a spherical filter to further enhance nodule intensity values, which is a novel 3D extension of Variable N-Quoit filter. As with most automatic nodule detection methods, our method generates false positive nodules. To address this, we also develop a filter for false positive elimination. Finally, we present promising results of applying our method to various clinical chest CT datasets with over 90% detection rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)821-828
Number of pages8
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science
Issue number1 PART 2
StatePublished - 2004
EventMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2004 - 7th International Conference, Proceedings - Saint-Malo, France
Duration: Sep 26 2004Sep 29 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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