Eigensnakes for vessel segmentation in angiography

Ricardo Toledo, Xavier Orriols, Petia Radeva, Xavier Binefa, Jordi Vitrià, Cristina Cañero, J. J. Villanueva

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    In this paper we introduce a new deformable model, called eigensnake, for segmentation of elongated structures in a probabilistic framework. Instead of snake attraction by specific image features extracted independently of the snake, our eigensnake learns an optimal object description and searches for such image feature in the target image. This is achieved applying principal component analysis on image responses of a bank of gaussian derivative filters. Therefore, attraction by eigensnakes is defined in terms of classification of image features. The potential energy for the snake is defined in terms of likelihood in the feature space and incorporated into a new energy minimising scheme. Hence, the snake deforms to minimise the mahalanobis distance in the feature space. A real application of segmenting and tracking coronary vessels in angiography is considered and the results are very encouraging. © 2000 IEEE.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)340-343
    JournalProceedings - International Conference on Pattern Recognition
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2000


    • Angiography
    • Principal component analysis
    • Segmentation
    • Snakes
    • Statistical learning


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