3D Prostate Segmentation in Ultrasound Images Based on Tapered and Deformed Ellipsoids

  • Seyedeh Sara Mahdavi
  • William J. Morris
  • Ingrid Spadinger
  • Nick Chng
  • Orcun Goksel
  • Septimiu E. Salcudean
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5762)


Prostate segmentation from trans-rectal transverse B-mode ultrasound images is required for radiation treatment of prostate cancer. Manual segmentation is a time-consuming task, the results of which are dependent on image quality and physicians’ experience. This paper introduces a semi-automatic 3D method based on super-ellipsoidal shapes. It produces a 3D segmentation in less than 15 seconds using a warped, tapered ellipsoid fit to the prostate. A study of patient images shows good performance and repeatability. This method is currently in clinical use at the Vancouver Cancer Center where it has become the standard segmentation procedure for low dose-rate brachytherapy treatment.


Ultrasound Image Manual Segmentation Volume Error Versus Diff Prostate Image 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seyedeh Sara Mahdavi
    • 1
  • William J. Morris
    • 2
  • Ingrid Spadinger
    • 2
  • Nick Chng
    • 2
  • Orcun Goksel
    • 1
  • Septimiu E. Salcudean
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Vancouver Cancer CenterBritish Columbia Cancer AgencyVancouverCanada

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