Automatic segmentation of common carotid artery in transverse mode ultrasound images

J. R.Harish Kumar, Chandra Sekhar Seelamantula, Nikhil S. Narayan, Pina Marziliano

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Abstract

We consider the problem of carotid artery segmentation and develop an automated outlining technique based on the active disc formalism that we recently introduced. The outlining problem is posed as one of optimization of a locally defined contrast function with respect to the affine transformation parameters that characterize the active disc. It turns out that standard techniques based on gradient-descent minimization can be used to carry out the optimization, although more sophisticated optimizers could also be deployed. For the initialization, we use a matched filter with a template size chosen based on an estimate of the average size of the carotid artery. We report results of experimental validation on Brno university's signal processing (SP) lab database, which contains 971 transverse mode ultrasound images of the carotid artery. The images in the database are manually annotated using a circle with center and radius explicitly specified in pixels, which serves as the reference. The circular annotation is also a good match with the active disc template considered in this paper. The proposed method results in an average detection accuracy of 95.5% and an average Dice similarity measure of 87.36% and takes only a few seconds of processing time per image. Comparisons with other state-of-the-art techniques are also reported.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2016 - Proceedings
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages389-393
Number of pages5
Volume2016-August
ISBN (Electronic)9781467399616
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 03-08-2016
Externally publishedYes
Event23rd IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2016 - Phoenix, United States
Duration: 25-09-201628-09-2016

Conference

Conference23rd IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2016
CountryUnited States
CityPhoenix
Period25-09-1628-09-16

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Signal Processing

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Kumar, J. R. H., Seelamantula, C. S., Narayan, N. S., & Marziliano, P. (2016). Automatic segmentation of common carotid artery in transverse mode ultrasound images. In 2016 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing, ICIP 2016 - Proceedings (Vol. 2016-August, pp. 389-393). [7532385] IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICIP.2016.7532385