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Fully automatic feature localization for medical images using a global vector concentration approach

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4 Author(s)
Tatsuo Kozakaya ; Corporate Research and Development Center, Toshiba Corporation, 1, Komukai-Toshiba-cho, Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki, 212-8582, Japan ; Tomoyuki Shibata ; Tomoyuki Takeguchi ; Masahide Nishiura

In this paper, we propose a novel feature localization method based on a global vector concentration approach. Our approach does not rely on the detection of local salient features around feature points. Instead, we exploit global structural information of the object extracted by calculating the concentration of directional vectors from sampling points. Those vectors are combined with local pattern descriptors of a query image and selected from preliminarily trained extended templates by nearest neighbor search. Due to the insensitivity of local changes, our method can handle partially occluded and noisy objects. We apply the proposed method to fully automatic feature localization of the left ventricular in echocardiograms. The results show the effectiveness of our method in comparison with a conventional edge-based method in terms of accuracy and robustness.

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Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2008. CVPR 2008. IEEE Conference on

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23-28 June 2008