Cell-based dual snake model: A new approach to extracting highly winding boundaries in the ultrasound images

Chung Ming Chen*, Henry Horng Shing Lu, Yueng Shiang Huang

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Abstract

Two common deficiencies of most conventional deformable models are the need to place the initial contour very close to the desired boundary and the incapability of capturing a highly winding boundary for sonographic boundary extraction. To remedy these two deficiencies, a new deformable model (namely, the cell-based dual snake model) is proposed in this paper. The basic idea is to apply the dual snake model in the cell-based deformation manner. While the dual snake model provides an effective mechanism allowing a distant initial contour, the cell-based deformation makes it possible to catch the winding characteristics of the desired boundary. The performance of the proposed cell-based dual snake model has been evaluated on synthetic images with simulated speckles and on the clinical ultrasound (US) images. The experimental results show that the mean distances from the derived to the desired boundary points are 0.9 ± 0.42 pixels and 1.29 ± 0.39 pixels for the synthetic and the clinical US images, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1061-1073
Number of pages13
JournalUltrasound in Medicine and Biology
Volume28
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2002

Keywords

  • Boundary extraction
  • Cell-based deformation
  • Deformable model
  • Dual snake model
  • Multiscale Gaussian filters
  • Ultrasound images
  • Watershed transform

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