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String matching techniques for high-level primitive formation in 2-d vascular imaging

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4 Author(s)
Toumoulin, C. ; LTSI/INSERM, Rennes I Univ., France ; Brieva, J. ; Bellanger, J. ; Huazhong Shu

This paper deals with a so-called "intermediate" description, in other words, the formation of high-level primitives in angiographies. The method is based on an attributed string matching technique capable to capture the shape similarities between low-level primitives (i.e., vessel contours and centerlines). After designing a multiparametric cost function, we propose a multiline pairing algorithm. In order to objectively evaluate its performances, results are first provided on simulated data and then on a set of coronarographic images, where it is shown that anatomically coherent entities like vessel segments and branches can be built, "objects" that can be further individually analyzed for clinical purpose.

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Information Technology in Biomedicine, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 4 )