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We propose a cell detection and tracking solution using image-level sets computed via threshold decomposition. In contrast to existing methods where manual initialization is required to track individual cells, the proposed approach can automatically identify and track multiple cells by exploiting the shape and intensity characteristics of the cells. The(More)
The problem of identifying and counting rolling leukocytes within intravital microscopy is of both theoretical and practical interest. Currently, methods exist for tracking rolling leukocytes in vivo, but these methods rely on manual detection of the cells. In this paper we propose a technique for accurately detecting rolling leukocytes based on Bayesian(More)
Inflammatory disease is initiated by leukocytes (white blood cells) rolling along the inner surface lining of small blood vessels called postcapillary venules. Studying the number and velocity of rolling leukocytes is essential to understanding and successfully treating inflammatory diseases. Potential inhibitors of leukocyte recruitment can be screened by(More)
A significant medical informatics task is indexing patient databases according to size, location, and other characteristics of brain tumors and edemas, possibly based on magnetic resonance (MR) imagery. This requires segmenting tumors and edemas within images from different MR modalities. To date, automated brain tumor or edema segmentation from MR(More)
This paper introduces an active contour or snake-based method for tracking cells within a video sequence. Specifically, we apply our cell tracking techniques to rolling leukocytes observed in vivo (in living animal) from video microscopy. The analysis of leukocyte motion reveals cues about the mechanism of inflammatory disease. To attack the problem of(More)
Under-segmentation of an image with multiple objects is a common problem in image segmentation algorithms. This paper presents a novel approach for the splitting of clumps formed by multiple objects due to under-segmentation. The algorithm includes two steps: finding a pair of points for clump splitting, and joining the pair of selected points. In the first(More)
Recording rolling leukocyte velocities from intravital microscopic video imagery is a critical task in inflammation research and drug validation. Since manual tracking is excessively time consuming, an automated method is desired. This paper illustrates an active contour based automated tracking method, where we propose a novel external force to guide the(More)
Inhaled hyperpolarized helium-3 (3He) gas is a new magnetic resonance (MR) contrast agent that is being used to study lung functionality. To evaluate the total lung ventilation from the hyperpolarized 3He MR images, it is necessary to segment the lung cavities. This is difficult to accomplish using only the hyperpolarized 3He MR images, so traditional(More)