Automatic Segmentation of the Left Ventricle in 3D SPECT Data by Registration with a Dynamic Anatomic Model

  • Lars Dornheim
  • Klaus D. Tönnies
  • Kat Dixon
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3749)


We present a fully automatic 3D segmentation method for the left ventricle (LV) in human myocardial perfusion SPECT data. This model-based approach consists of 3 phases: 1. finding the LV in the dataset, 2. extracting its approximate shape and 3. segmenting its exact contour.

Finding of the LV is done by flexible pattern matching, whereas segmentation is achieved by registering an anatomical model to the functional data. This model is a new kind of stable 3D mass spring model using direction-weighted 3D contour sensors.

Our approach is much faster than manual segmention, which is standard in this application up to now. By testing it on 41 LV SPECT datasets of mostly pathological data, we could show, that it is very robust and its results are comparable with those made by human experts.


Mass Point Pattern Match Automatic Segmentation Manual Segmentation Initial Placement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lars Dornheim
    • 1
  • Klaus D. Tönnies
    • 1
  • Kat Dixon
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Simulation und Graphik, Fakultät für InformatikOtto-von-Guericke-Universität MagdeburgGermany
  2. 2.Medical Imaging Research GroupUniversity of British ColumbiaCanada

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