Fracture Detection Using Bayesian Inference

  • Ananda S. ChowdhuryEmail author
  • Suchendra M. Bhandarkar
Part of the Advances in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition book series (ACVPR)


Introducing automation in the various aspects of reconstructive craniofacial surgery is a highly demanding and technically challenging task. The automatic detection of fracture surfaces, which subsequently serve as input data to the surface matching and virtual reconstruction algorithms, is a critical and integral aspect of this endeavor. The generation of fracture surface data thus far has entailed significant user involvement. The surgeon has had to explicitly identify and manually extract the stable fracture points in the CT image sequence of the fractured craniofacial skeleton. This has proved to be a performance bottleneck in attaining the ultimate goal of in silico surgery with minimal user intervention. Semi-automatic detection reduces considerably the time and cost of the operation. More importantly, reduced time in the operating room results in reduced operative trauma to the patient and reduced risk for potential postoperative complications. In this chapter, we propose a scheme for identification of stable fracture points in well displaced or major fractures in an input CT image sequence. First, a set of candidate fracture points is generated by identifying points of high curvature on the contours of the broken mandibular fragments in the individual 2D CT image slices. Next, the conventional Kalman filter is modeled as a Bayesian inference problem and used for testing the spatial consistency and stability of the candidate fracture points across the CT image sequence of interest. The proposed scheme is shown to be very effective in detecting fracture surfaces in well displaced fractures.


Compute Tomography Image Kalman Filter Corner Point Mandibular Fracture Fracture Point 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ananda S. Chowdhury
    • 1
    Email author
  • Suchendra M. Bhandarkar
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electronics & Telecommunication EngineeringJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Department of Computer ScienceThe University of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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