Automatic Extraction of Cervical Vertebrae from Ultrasonography with Fuzzy ART Clustering

  • Kwang Baek KimEmail author
  • Doo Heon Song
  • Hyun Jun Park
  • Sungshin Kim
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9377)


Cervical vertebrae are important ramus communican that connect human body and the corpus. Muscles around cervical vertebrae such as deep cervical flexor and sternocleidomastoid muscle do key role to control chronicle neck pain thus monitoring such muscles near cervical vertebrae is important. In this paper, we propose a method to detect and analyze cervical vertebrae and related muscles automatically with fuzzy ART clustering from ultrasonography. The experiment verifies that our approach is consistent with human medical experts’ decision to locate key measuring point for muscle analysis and successful in detecting cervical vertebrae accurately.


Cervical Vertebrae Fuzzy ART Muscle Analysis Ultrasonography Deep Cervical Flexor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kwang Baek Kim
    • 1
    Email author
  • Doo Heon Song
    • 2
  • Hyun Jun Park
    • 3
  • Sungshin Kim
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Computer EngineeringSilla UniversityBusanKorea
  2. 2.Department of Computer GamesYong-In Songdam CollegeYonginKorea
  3. 3.Department of Computer EngineeringPusan National UniversityBusanKorea
  4. 4.School of Electrical and Computer EngineeringPusan National UniversityBusanKorea

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