Automatic lung lobe segmentation using particles, thin plate splines, and maximum a posteriori estimation

Citation:

James C Ross, Rail San José Estépar, Gordon Kindlmann, Alejandro Díaz, Carl-Fredrik Westin, Edwin K Silverman, and George R Washko. 2010. “Automatic lung lobe segmentation using particles, thin plate splines, and maximum a posteriori estimation.” Med Image Comput Comput Assist Interv, 13, Pt 3, Pp. 163-71.

Abstract:

We present a fully automatic lung lobe segmentation algorithm that is effective in high resolution computed tomography (CT) datasets in the presence of confounding factors such as incomplete fissures (anatomical structures indicating lobe boundaries), advanced disease states, high body mass index (BMI), and low-dose scanning protocols. In contrast to other algorithms that leverage segmentations of auxiliary structures (esp. vessels and airways), we rely only upon image features indicating fissure locations. We employ a particle system that samples the image domain and provides a set of candidate fissure locations. We follow this stage with maximum a posteriori (MAP) estimation to eliminate poor candidates and then perform a post-processing operation to remove remaining noise particles. We then fit a thin plate spline (TPS) interpolating surface to the fissure particles to form the final lung lobe segmentation. Results indicate that our algorithm performs comparably to pulmonologist-generated lung lobe segmentations on a set of challenging cases.
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