Object detection and measurements in medical images via geodesic deformable contours


Conference Paper

© 1995 SPIE. All rights reserved. A novel scheme for performing detection and measurements in medical images is presented. The technique is based on active contours evolving in time according to intrinsic geometric measures of the image. The evolving contours naturally split and merge, allowing the simultaneous detection of several objects and both interior and exterior boundaries. The proposed approach is based on the relation between active contours and the computation of geodesics or minimal distance curves. The minimal distance curve lays in a Riemannian space whose metric is defined by the image content. Measurements are performed after the object is detected. Due to the high accuracy achieved by the proposed geodesic approach, it is natural to use it to compute area or length of the detected object, which are of extreme value for diagnosis. Open curves with fix boundaries are computed as well. This addition to the deformable model adds flexibility, allowing the user to choose guiding points in the image or to select regions for measurements. Experimental results of applying the scheme to real medical images demonstrate its potential. The results may be extended to 3D object segmentation as well.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sapiro, G; Kimmel, R; Caselles, V

Published Date

  • August 11, 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2573 /

Start / End Page

  • 366 - 378

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1996-756X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0277-786X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1117/12.216429

Citation Source

  • Scopus