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Model-based deformable surface finding for medical images

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2 Author(s)
L. H. Staib ; Dept. of Diagnostic Radiol., Yale Univ., New Haven, CT, USA ; J. S. Duncan

Describes a new global shape parameterization for smoothly deformable three-dimensional (3-D) objects, such as those found in biomedical images, whose diversity and irregularity make them difficult to represent in terms of fixed features or parts. This representation is used for geometric surface matching to 3-D medical image data, such as from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The parameterization decomposes the surface into sinusoidal basis functions. Four types of surfaces are modeled: tori, open surfaces, closed surfaces and tubes. This parameterization allows a wide variety of smooth surfaces to be described with a small number of parameters. Extrinsic model-based information is incorporated by introducing prior probabilities on the parameters. Surface finding is formulated as an optimization problem. Results of the method applied to synthetic images and 3-D medical images of the heart and brain are presented

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IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 5 )