Vessel extraction in medical images by wave-propagation and traceback

F.K.H. Quek, C. Kirbas
2001 IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging  
This paper presents an approach for the extraction of vasculature from angiography images by using a wave propagation and traceback mechanism. We discuss both the theory and the implementation of the approach. Using a dual-sigmoidal filter, we label each pixel in an angiogram with the likelihood that it is within a vessel. Representing the reciprocal of this likelihood image as an array of refractive indices, we propagate a digital wave through the image from the base of the vascular tree. This
more » ... wave 'washes' over the vasculature, ignoring local noise perturbations. The extraction of the vasculature becomes that of tracing the wave along the local normals to the waveform. While the approach is inherently SIMD, we present an efficient sequential algorithm for the wave propagation, and discuss the traceback algorithm.
doi:10.1109/42.913178 pmid:11321591 fatcat:3uoxnr3ld5hxlpc7kjrd6cjp3m