Guidelines for choosing optimal parameters of elasticity for snakes

  • Ole Vilhelm Larsen
  • Petia Radeva
  • Enric Martí
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 970)


This paper proposes a guidance in the process of choosing and using the parameters of elasticity of a snake in order to obtain a precise segmentation. A new two step procedure is defined based on upper and lower bounds on the parameters. Formulas, by which these bounds can be calculated for real images where parts of the contour may be missing, are presented. Experiments on segmentation of bone structures in X-ray images have verified the usefulness of the new procedure.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ole Vilhelm Larsen
    • 1
  • Petia Radeva
    • 2
  • Enric Martí
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Image AnalysisAalborg UniversityDenmark
  2. 2.UPIIA, Faculty of ScienceAutonomous University of BarcelonaSpain

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