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Acad Radiol. 2007 Oct;14(10):1242-51.

A validation framework for brain tumor segmentation.

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Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis St, Boston, MA 02115, USA. narchip@bwh.harvard.edu

Abstract

RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES:

We introduce a validation framework for the segmentation of brain tumors from magnetic resonance (MR) images. A novel unsupervised semiautomatic brain tumor segmentation algorithm is also presented.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

The proposed framework consists of 1) T1-weighted MR images of patients with brain tumors, 2) segmentation of brain tumors performed by four independent experts, 3) segmentation of brain tumors generated by a semiautomatic algorithm, and 4) a software tool that estimates the performance of segmentation algorithms.

RESULTS:

We demonstrate the validation of the novel segmentation algorithm within the proposed framework. We show its performance and compare it with existent segmentation. The image datasets and software are available at http://www.brain-tumor-repository.org/.

CONCLUSIONS:

We present an Internet resource that provides access to MR brain tumor image data and segmentation that can be openly used by the research community. Its purpose is to encourage the development and evaluation of segmentation methods by providing raw test and image data, human expert segmentation results, and methods for comparing segmentation results.

PMID:
17889341
DOI:
10.1016/j.acra.2007.05.025
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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