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Statistical shape influence in geodesic active contours

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3 Author(s)
Leventon, M.E. ; Artificial Intelligence Lab., MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA ; Grimson, W.E.L. ; Faugeras, O.

A novel method of incorporating shape information into the image segmentation process is presented. We introduce a representation for deformable shapes and define a probability distribution over the variances of a set of training shapes. The segmentation process embeds an initial curve as the zero level set of a higher dimensional surface, and evolves the surface such that the zero level set converges on the boundary of the object to be segmented. At each step of the surface evolution, we estimate the maximum a posteriori (MAP) position and shape of the object in the image, based on the prior shape information and the image information. We then evolve the surface globally; towards the MAP estimate, and locally based on image gradients and curvature. Results are demonstrated on synthetic data and medical imagery in 2D min 3D

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Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, 2000. Proceedings. IEEE Conference on  (Volume:1 )

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