Method for Automatically Segmenting the Spinal Cord and Canal from 3D CT Images

  title={Method for Automatically Segmenting the Spinal Cord and Canal from 3D CT Images},
  author={L{\'a}szl{\'o} G. Ny{\'u}l and Judit Kany{\'o} and E{\"o}rs M{\'a}t{\'e} and G{\'e}za Makay and Emese Balogh and M{\'a}rta Fidrich and Attila Kuba},
We present two approaches for automatically segmenting the spinal cord/canal from native CT images of the thorax region containing the spine. Different strategies are included to handle images where only part of the spinal column is visible. The algorithms require one seed point given on a slice located in the middle region of the spine, and the rest is automatic. The spatial extent of the spinal cord/canal is determined automatically. An extended region-growing technique is suggested for… CONTINUE READING
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