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The use of shape as a cue for indexing into pictorial databases has been traditionally based on global invariant statistics and deformable templates, on the one hand, and local edge correlation on the other. This paper proposes an intermediate approach based on a characterization of the symmetry in edge maps. The use of symmetry matching as a joint(More)
Efficiently obtaining a reliable coronary artery centerline from computed tomography angiography data is relevant in clinical practice. Whereas numerous methods have been presented for this purpose, up to now no standardized evaluation methodology has been published to reliably evaluate and compare the performance of the existing or newly developed coronary(More)
In this paper, we present a novel method for extracting center axis representations (centerlines) of blood vessels in contrast enhanced (CE)-CTA/MRA, robustly and accurately. This graph-based optimization algorithm which employs multi-scale medialness filters extracts vessel centerlines by computing the minimum-cost paths. Specifically, first, new(More)
A robust and efficient method for the segmentation of vessel cross-sections in contrast enhanced CT and MR images is presented. The primary innovation of the technique is the boundary propagation by mean shift analysis combined with a smoothness constraint. Consequently, the robustness of the mean shift to noise is enhanced by the use of apriori information(More)
The segmentation of structure from images is an inherently diicult problem in computer vision and a bottleneck to its widespread application, e.g., in medical imaging. This paper presents an approach for integrating local evidence such as regional homogeneity and edge response to form global structure for gure-ground segmentation. This approach is motivated(More)
The in vivo investigation of joint kinematics in normal and injured wrist requires the segmentation of carpal bones from 3D (CT) images, and their registration over time. The non-uniformity of bone tissue, ranging from dense cortical bone to textured spongy bone, the irregular shape of closely packed carpal bones, small inter-bone spaces compared to the(More)
This paper describes an evaluation framework that allows a standardized and objective quantitative comparison of carotid artery lumen segmentation and stenosis grading algorithms. We describe the data repository comprising 56 multi-center, multi-vendor CTA datasets, their acquisition, the creation of the reference standard and the evaluation measures. This(More)
This paper presents an approach for computing the symmetries (skeletons) of an edge map consisting of a collection of curve segments. This approach is a combination of analytic computations in the style of computational geometry and discrete propagations on a grid in the style of the numerical solutions of PDE's. Speciically, waves from each of the initial(More)