Hamilton–Jacobi Skeleton on Cortical Surfaces

Yonggang Shi, P.M. Thompson, I. Dinov, A.W. Toga
2008 IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging  
In this paper, we propose a new method to construct graphical representations of cortical folding patterns by computing skeletons on triangulated cortical surfaces. In our approach, a cortical surface is first partitioned into sulcal and gyral regions via the solution of a variational problem using graph cuts, which can guarantee global optimality. After that, we extend the method of Hamilton-Jacobi skeleton [1] to subsets of triangulated surfaces, together with a geometrically intuitive
more » ... process that can trade off between skeleton complexity and the completeness of representing folding patterns. Compared with previous work that uses skeletons of 3D volumes to represent sulcal patterns, the skeletons on cortical surfaces can be easily decomposed into branches and provide a simpler way to construct graphical representations of cortical morphometry. In our experiments, we demonstrate our method on two different cortical surface models, its ability of capturing major sulcal patterns and its application to compute skeletons of gyral regions.
doi:10.1109/tmi.2007.913279 pmid:18450539 pmcid:PMC2754588 fatcat:6ibv3kci6jd7nnv6fkyk4n2tmm