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IEEE Trans Ultrason Ferroelectr Freq Control. 2013 Apr;60(4):718-26. doi: 10.1109/TUFFC.2013.2620.

Ultrasound bio-microscopic image segmentation for evaluation of zebrafish cardiac function.

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  • 1Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR, China. eexwzhou@ust.kh

Abstract

Zebrafish can fully regenerate their myocardium after ventricular resection without evidence of scars. This extraordinary regenerative ability provides an excellent model system to study the activation of the regenerative potential for human heart tissue. In addition to the morphology, it is vital to understand the cardiac function of zebrafish. To characterize adult zebrafish cardiac function, an ultrasound biomicroscope (UBM) was customized for real-time imaging of the zebrafish heart (about 1 mm in diameter) at a resolution of around 37 μm. Moreover, we developed an image segmentation algorithm to track the cardiac boundary and measure the dynamic size of the zebrafish heart for further quantification of zebrafish cardiac function. The effectiveness and accuracy of the proposed segmentation algorithm were verified on a tissuemimicking phantom and in vivo zebrafish echocardiography. The quantitative evaluation demonstrated that the accuracy of the proposed algorithm is comparable to the manual delineation by experts.

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PMC3750995
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