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Comput Methods Programs Biomed. 2013 Aug;111(2):480-7. doi: 10.1016/j.cmpb.2013.04.011. Epub 2013 May 18.

Validation study of a fast, accurate, and precise brain tumor volume measurement.

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Imaging Informatics Lab, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada. mdang@ucalgary.ca

Abstract

Precision and accuracy are sometimes sacrificed to ensure that medical image processing is rapid. To address this, our lab had developed a novel level set segmentation algorithm that is 16× faster and >96% accurate on realistic brain phantoms.

METHODS:

This study reports speed, precision and estimated accuracy of our algorithm when measuring MRIs of meningioma brain tumors and compares it to manual tracing and modified MacDonald (MM) ellipsoid criteria. A repeated-measures study allowed us to determine measurement precisions (MPs) - clinically relevant thresholds for statistically significant change.

RESULTS:

Speed: the level set, MM, and trace methods required 1:20, 1:35, and 9:35 (mm:ss) respectively on average to complete a volume measurement (p<0.05). Accuracy: the level set was not statistically different to the estimated true lesion volumes (p>0.05). Precision: the MM's within-operator and between-operator MPs were significantly higher (worse) than the other methods (p<0.05). The observed difference in MP between the level set and trace methods did not reach statistical significance (p>0.05).

CONCLUSION:

Our level set is faster on average than MM, yet has accuracy and precision comparable to manual tracing.

KEYWORDS:

Brain tumor; Image processing; Magnetic resonance imaging; Segmentation; Volume

PMID:
23693135
DOI:
10.1016/j.cmpb.2013.04.011
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