The Medial Axis

  • Laurent YounesEmail author
Part of the Applied Mathematical Sciences book series (AMS, volume 171)


The medial axis (or skeleton) of a shape is the set of centers of discs of maximal radii inscribed in the shape. It provides a skeleton-like structure, which, when the associated maximal radii are also stored (providing the medial axis transform) uniquely encodes the shape geometry. This chapter described some fundamental properties of this transforms introduces some extensions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Imaging ScienceJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

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