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Follicle detection in ultrasound images of ovaries using active contours method

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2 Author(s)
Hiremath, P.S. ; Dept. of Studies & Res. in Comput. Sci., Gulbarga Univ., Gulbarga, India ; Tegnoor, J.R.

Knowledge about the status of the female reproductive system is important for fertility problems and age related family planning. The volume of these fertility requests in our emancipated society is steadily increasing. Transvaginal ultrasound imaging of the follicles in the ovary gives important information about the ovarian aging, i.e., number of follicles, size, position and response to hormonal stimulation. Manual analysis of many follicles is laborious and error-prone. In this paper, a new method for recognition of follicles in ultrasound images of ovaries is proposed. This fully automated segmentation method is based on active contours without edge method. The proposed technique is tested on ultrasonographic images of ovaries. The experimental results are compared with inferences drawn by medical expert and demonstrate the efficacy of the method.

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Signal and Image Processing (ICSIP), 2010 International Conference on

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15-17 Dec. 2010