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Whole heart segmentation of cardiac MRI using multiple path propagation strategy

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X. Zhuang, K. Leung, K. Rhode, R. Razavi, D. Hawkes, S. Ourselin

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI2010 - 13th International Conference, Proceedings
Number of pages9
EditionPART 1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2010
Event13th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2010 - Beijing, China
Duration: 20 Sep 201024 Sep 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 1
Volume6361 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference13th International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, MICCAI 2010

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Automatic segmentation of cardiac MRI is an important but challenging task in clinical study of cardiac morphology. Recently, fusing segmentations from multiple classifiers has been shown to achieve more accurate results than a single classifier. In this work, we propose a new strategy, MUltiple Path Propagation and Segmentation (MUPPS), in contrast with the currently widely used multi-atlas propagation and segmentation (MAPS) scheme. We showed that MUPPS outperformed the standard MAPS in the experiment using twenty-one in vivo cardiac MR images. Furthermore, we studied and compared different path selection strategies for the MUPPS, to pursue an efficient implementation of the segmentation framework. We showed that the path ranking scheme using the image similarity after an affine registration converged faster and only needed eleven classifiers from the atlas repository. The fusion of eleven propagation results using the proposed path ranking scheme achieved a mean Dice score of 0.911 in the whole heart segmentation and the highest gain of accuracy was obtained from myocardium segmentation.

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