Multiscale Vessel Segmentation: A Level Set Approach
This paper presents a novel efficient multiscale vessel segmentation method using the level-set framework. This technique is based on the active contour model that evolves according to the geometric measure of vessel structures. Inspired by the multiscale vessel enhancement filtering, the prior knowledge about the vessel shape is incorporated into the energy function as a region information term. In this method, a new region-based external force is combined with existing geometric snake variation models. A new speed function is designed to precisely control the curve deformation. This multiscale method is more efficient for the segmentation of vessel and line-like structures than the conventional active contour methods. Furthermore, the whole model is implemented in a level-set framework. The solution is stable and robust for various topologic changes. This method was compared with other geometric active contour models. Experimental results of human lung CT images show that this multiscale method is accurate.
KeywordsActive Contour Active Contour Model Speed Function Vessel Segmentation Geodesic Active Contour
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