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In this paper, we propose a hybrid method for tracking a bronchoscope that uses a combination of magnetic sensor tracking and image registration. The position of a magnetic sensor placed in the working channel of the bronchoscope is provided by a magnetic tracking system. Because of respiratory motion, the magnetic sensor provides only the approximate(More)
We propose a selective method of measurement for computing image similarities based on characteristic structure extraction and demonstrate its application to flexible endoscope navigation, in particular to a bronchoscope navigation system. Camera motion tracking is a fundamental function required for image-guided treatment or therapy systems. In recent(More)
This paper presents a method for the automated anatomical labeling of bronchial branches extracted from 3D CT images based on machine learning and combination optimization. We also show applications of anatomical labeling on a bronchoscopy guidance system. This paper performs automated labeling by using machine learning and combination optimization. The(More)
This paper proposes an intelligent traffic sign detector using adaptive learning based on online gathering of training samples from in-vehicle camera image sequences. To detect traffic signs accurately from in-vehicle camera images, various training samples of traffic signs are needed. In addition, to reduce false alarms, various background images should(More)
This paper proposes a method for estimating the human performance of pedestrian detectability from in-vehicle camera images in order to warn a driver of the positions of pedestrians in an appropriate timing. By introducing features related to visual search and motion of the target, the proposed method estimates the detectability of pedestrians accurately.(More)
This paper describes a method for tracking the camera motion of a flexible endoscope, in particular a bronchoscope, using epipolar geometry analysis and intensity-based image registration. The method proposed here does not use a positional sensor attached to the endoscope. Instead, it tracks camera motion using real endoscopic (RE) video images obtained at(More)
We investigated changes in regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) before and after weight gain in patients with restrictive anorexia nervosa (AN-R) in comparison with findings in normal subjects. We assessed resting rCBF using single photon emission computed tomography with technetium-99m hexamethylpropylene amine oxime in 12 AN-R patients and 11 controls.(More)
BACKGROUND It is possible that psychopathological differences exist between the restricting and bulimic forms of anorexia nervosa. We investigated localized differences of brain blood flow of anorexia nervosa patients using SPECT image analysis with statistic parametric mapping (SPM) in an attempt to link brain blood flow patterns to neurophysiologic(More)
This paper presents a method for tracking a bronchoscope based on motion prediction and image registration from multiple initial starting points as a function of a bronchoscope navigation system. We try to improve performance of bronchoscope tracking based on image registration using multiple initial guesses estimated using motion prediction. This method(More)