Active Contours Driven by Local and Global Region-based Information for Image Segmentation

Xiaojun Yang, Xiaoliang Jiang, Lingfei Zhou, Yong Wang, Yuliang Zhang
2020 IEEE Access  
Intensity inhomogeneity and noise are two major parts in image segmentation. Aiming at these problems, this work proposes a novel hybrid active contour method which combines local and global statistical information into an improved signed pressure force (SPF) function. First, by considering the global information extracted from a region of interest, a new global-based SPF function is created that effectively adjusts the signs of the pressure force inside and outside the evolving curve. Second,
more » ... new local-based SPF function utilizes the normalized local intensity differences as the coefficients of local internal and external regions, which can segment complicated areas easily. Third, by combing the global-based SPF and the local-based SPF functions, an improved hybrid SPF function is constructed based on active contour approach. Experiments on many kinds of real and synthetic images show that our method makes superior segmentation accuracy and is more robust to initial contour and noises. INDEX TERMS Active contour, image segmentation, signed pressure force, level set. 6460 This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. For more information, see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ VOLUME 8, 2020
doi:10.1109/access.2019.2963435 fatcat:uyyqb7bsxbck3pwlkzmdq4jfjm