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Three–Dimensional Segmentation of Ventricular Heart Chambers from Multi–Slice Computerized Tomography: An Hybrid Approach

  • Antonio Bravo
  • Miguel Vera
  • Mireille Garreau
  • Rubén Medina
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 166)

Abstract

This research is focused on segmentation of the heart ventricles from volumes of Multi Slice Computerized Tomography (MSCT) image sequences. The segmentation is performed in three–dimensional (3–D) space aiming at recovering the topological features of cavities. The enhancement scheme based on mathematical morphology operators and the hybrid–linkage region growing technique are integrated into the segmentation approach. Several clinical MSCT four dimensional (3–D + t) volumes of the human heart are used to test the proposed segmentation approach. For validating the results, a comparison between the shapes obtained using the segmentation method and the ground truth shapes manually traced by a cardiologist is performed. Results obtained on 3–D real data show the capabilities of the approach for extracting the ventricular cavities with the necessary segmentation accuracy.

Keywords

Segmentation mathematical morphology region growing multi slice computerized tomography cardiac images heart ventricles 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Bravo
    • 1
  • Miguel Vera
    • 2
  • Mireille Garreau
    • 3
    • 4
  • Rubén Medina
    • 5
  1. 1.Grupo de BioingenieríaUniversidad Nacional Experimental del Táchira, Decanato de InvestigaciónSan CristóbalVenezuela
  2. 2.Laboratorio de Física, Departamento de CienciasUniversidad de Los Andes–TáchiraSan CristóbalVenezuela
  3. 3.INSERM, U 642RennesFrance
  4. 4.Laboratoire Traitement du Signal et de l’ImageUniversité de Rennes 1RennesFrance
  5. 5.Grupo de Ingeniería BiomédicaUniversidad de Los Andes, Facultad de IngenieríaMéridaVenezuela

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