3D Spinal Cord and Nerves Segmentation from STIR-MRI

  • Chih YenEmail author
  • Hong-Ren Su
  • Shang-Hong Lai
  • Kai-Che Liu
  • Ruen-Rone Lee
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 21)


In this paper, we present a system for spinal cord and nerves segmentation from STIR-MRI. We propose an user interactive segmentation method for 3D images, which is extended from the 2D random walker algorithm and implemented with a slice-section strategy. After obtaining the 3D segmentation result, we build the 3D spinal cord and nerves model for each view using VTK, which is an open-source, freely available software. Then we obtain the point cloud of the spinal cord and nerves surface by registering the three surface models constructed from three STIR-MRI images of different directions. In the experimental results, we show the 3D segmentation results of spinal cord and nerves from the STIR-MRI (Short Tau Inversion Recovery - Magnetic Resonance Imaging)images in three different views, and also display the reconstructed 3D surface model.


STIR-MRI spinal cord segmentation random walker algorithm 3D point set registration 3D affine Fourier transform surface reconstruction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chih Yen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hong-Ren Su
    • 1
  • Shang-Hong Lai
    • 1
  • Kai-Che Liu
    • 2
  • Ruen-Rone Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceNational Tsing Hua UniversityHsinchuTaiwan
  2. 2.Chang Bing Show Chwan Memorial HospitalChanghuaTaiwan

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