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Right Ventricle Segmentation by Temporal Information Constrained Gradient Vector Flow


Conference Paper


Evaluation of right ventricular (RV) structure and function is of importance in the management of most cardiac disorders. But the segmentation of RV has always been consid- ered challenging due to low contrast of the myocardium with surrounding and high shape variability of the RV. In this paper, we present a 2D + T active contour model for segmentation and tracking of RV endocardium on cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) images. To take into account the temporal information between adjacent frames, we propose to integrate the time-dependent constraints into the energy functional of the classical gradient vector flow (GVF). As a result, the prior motion knowledge of RV is introduced in the deformation process through the time-dependent constraints in the proposed GVF-T model. A weighting parameter is introduced to adjust the weight of the temporal information against the image data itself. The additional external edge forces retrieved from the temporal constraints may be useful for the RV segmentation, such that lead to a better segmentation performance. The effectiveness of the proposed approach is supported by experimental results on synthetic and cardiac MR images.

Author(s): X. Yang and S. Y. Yeo and Y. Su and C. Lim and M. Wan and L. Zhong and R. S. Tan
Book Title: IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics
Year: 2013

Department(s): Perceiving Systems
Bibtex Type: Conference Paper (inproceedings)
Paper Type: Conference


  title = {Right Ventricle Segmentation by Temporal Information Constrained Gradient Vector Flow},
  author = {Yang, X. and Yeo, S. Y. and Su, Y. and Lim, C. and Wan, M. and Zhong, L. and Tan, R. S.},
  booktitle = {IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics},
  year = {2013}