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Proc IEEE Int Symp Biomed Imaging. 2014 Apr;2014:529-532.

4D ACTIVE CUT: AN INTERACTIVE TOOL FOR PATHOLOGICAL ANATOMY MODELING.

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1
Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute ; School of Computing, University of Utah.
2
Institute for Neuroimaging and Informatics, USC.
3
Brain Injury Research Center, UCLA.

Abstract

4D pathological anatomy modeling is key to understanding complex pathological brain images. It is a challenging problem due to the difficulties in detecting multiple appearing and disappearing lesions across time points and estimating dynamic changes and deformations between them. We propose a novel semi-supervised method, called 4D active cut, for lesion recognition and deformation estimation. Existing interactive segmentation methods passively wait for user to refine the segmentations which is a difficult task in 3D images that change over time. 4D active cut instead actively selects candidate regions for querying the user, and obtains the most informative user feedback. A user simply answers 'yes' or 'no' to a candidate object without having to refine the segmentation slice by slice. Compared to single-object detection of the existing methods, our method also detects multiple lesions with spatial coherence using Markov random fields constraints. Results show improvement on the lesion detection, which subsequently improves deformation estimation.

KEYWORDS:

Active learning; Markov Random Fields; graph cuts; longitudinal MRI; semi-supervised learning

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