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Segmentation of MR images by a fuzzy c-mean algorithm

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5 Author(s)
Ramze Rezaee, M. ; Dept. of Diagnostic Radiol., Univ. Hospital Leiden, Netherlands ; Nyqvist, C. ; van der Zwet, P.M.J. ; Jansen, E.
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Since the manual delineation of the left ventricular (LV) contour in MR images is subject to intra- and inter-observer variations, an automated procedure is proposed. The fuzzy c-mean clustering approach was used to segment the images. The segments were labeled as either the left ventricular lumen or the background by using additionally the information provided by the Hough transform which delivered a rough estimation of the center of the ventricle. To find an optimal agreement between the manually and automatically delineated LV contours, 2700 combinations of different parameters were used in a set of 20 images of patients and normal subjects. An excellent correlation coefficient (r=0.95) was found when parameters were optimized for each individual image. However if the parameter set was fixed for all images, the correlation coefficient decreased to r=0.8. This suggests that a cluster validation measure must be defined for a good performance. This is the topic of further research

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Computers in Cardiology 1995

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10-13 Sep 1995