Sascha Seifert

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Whole body CT scanning is a common diagnosis technique for discovering early signs of metastasis or for differential diagnosis. Automatic parsing and segmentation of multiple organs and semantic navigation inside the body can help the clinician in efficiently obtaining accurate diagnosis. However, dealing with the large amount of data of a full body scan is(More)
Automated segmentation of the esophagus in CT images is of high value to radiologists for oncological examinations of the mediastinum. It can serve as a guideline and prevent confusion with pathological tissue. However, segmentation is a challenging problem due to low contrast and versatile appearance of the esophagus. In this paper, a two step method is(More)
Examinations of the spinal column with both, Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging and Computed Tomography (CT), often require a precise three-dimensional positioning, angulation and labeling of the spinal disks and the vertebrae. A fully automatic and robust approach is a prerequisite for an automated scan alignment as well as for the segmentation and analysis(More)
The current diagnostic process at hospitals is mainly based on reviewing and comparing images coming from multiple time points and modalities in order to monitor disease progression over a period of time. However, for ambiguous cases the radiologist deeply relies on reference literature or second opinion. Although there is a vast amount of acquired images(More)
In this paper we propose a novel learning–based CBIR method for fast content–based retrieval of similar 3D images based on the intrinsic Random Forest (RF) similarity. Furthermore, we allow the combination of flexible user–defined semantics (in the form of retrieval contexts and high–level concepts) and appearance–based (low–level) features in order to(More)
For surgical planning in spine surgery, the segmentation of anatomical structures is a prerequisite. Past efforts focussed on the segmentation of vertebrae from tomographic data, but soft tissue structures have, for the most part, been neglected. Only sparse research work has been done for the spinal cord and the trachea. However, as far as the author is(More)
In this paper, a method is described to automatically estimate the visible body region of a computed tomography (CT) volume image. In order to quantify the body region, a body coordinate (BC) axis is used that runs in longitudinal direction. Its origin and unit length are patient-specific and depend on anatomical landmarks. The body region of a test volume(More)
Being able to segment the esophagus without user interaction from 3-D CT data is of high value to radiologists during oncological examinations of the mediastinum. The segmentation can serve as a guideline and prevent confusion with pathological tissue. However, limited contrast to surrounding structures and versatile shape and appearance make segmentation a(More)