Conference paper

General Surface Energy for Spinal Cord and Aorta Segmentation

We present a new surface energy potential for the segmentation of cylindrical objects in 3D medical imaging using parametric spline active contours (a.k.a. spline-snakes). Our energy formulation is based on an optimal steerable surface detector. Thus, we combine the concept of steerability with spline-snakes that have open topology for semi-automatic segmentation. We show that the proposed energy yields segmentation results that are more robust to noise compared to classical gradient-based surface energies. We finally validate our model by segmenting the aorta on a cohort of 14 real 3D MRI images, and also provide an example of spinal cord segmentation using the same tool.


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