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Shape Statistics Variational Approach for the Outer Contour Segmentation of Left Ventricle MR Images

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5 Author(s)
Qiang Chen ; Fac. of Comput. Sci. & Technol., Nanjing Univ. of Sci. & Technol. ; Ze Ming Zhou ; Min Tang ; Pheng Ann Heng
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Segmentation of left ventricles is one of the important research topics in cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. The segmentation precision influences the authenticity of ventricular motion reconstruction. In left ventricle MR images, the weak and broken boundary increases the difficulty of segmenting the outer contour precisely. In this paper, we present an improved shape statistics variational approach for the outer contour segmentation of left ventricle MR images. We use the Mumford-Shah model in an object feature space and incorporate the shape statistics and an edge image to the variational framework. The introduction of shape statistics can improve the segmentation with broken boundaries. The edge image can enhance the weak boundary and thus improve the segmentation precision. The generation of the object feature image, which has homogenous "intensities" in the left ventricle, facilitates the application of the Mumford-Shah model. A comparison of mean absolute distance analysis between different contours generated with our algorithm and that generated by hand demonstrated that our method can achieve a higher segmentation precision and a better stability than various approaches. It is a semiautomatic way for the segmentation of the outer contour of the left ventricle in clinical applications

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Information Technology in Biomedicine, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 3 )