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3D volume segmentation of MRA data sets using level sets: image processing and display

3D volume segmentation of MRA data sets using level sets: image processing and display

Academic Radiology 11(4): 419-435

In this article, we use a level set-based segmentation algorithm to extract the vascular tree from magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) data sets. The classification approach depends on initializing the level sets in the 3D volume, and the level sets evolve with time to yield the blood vessels. This work introduces a high-quality initialization for the level set functions, allowing extraction of the blood vessels in 3D and elimination of non-vessel tissues. A comparison between the 2D and 3D segmentation approaches is made. The results are validated using a phantom that simulates the MRA data and show good accuracy.

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