Coronary vessel trees from 3D imagery: A topological approach

@article{Szymczak2006CoronaryVT,
  title={Coronary vessel trees from 3D imagery: A topological approach},
  author={Andrzej Szymczak and Arthur Stillman and Allen R. Tannenbaum and Konstantin Mischaikow},
  journal={Medical image analysis},
  year={2006},
  volume={10 4},
  pages={548-59}
}
We propose a simple method for reconstructing vascular trees from 3D images. Our algorithm extracts persistent maxima of the intensity on all axis-aligned 2D slices of the input image. The maxima concentrate along 1D intensity ridges, in particular along blood vessels. We build a forest connecting the persistent maxima with short edges. The forest tends to approximate the blood vessels present in the image, but also contains numerous spurious features and often fails to connect segments… CONTINUE READING