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A region growing method segments three-dimensional image data of an anatomical structure using a tortuous path length limit to constrain voxel growth. The path length limit constrains the number of successive generations of voxel growth from a seed point to prevent leakage of voxels outside the boundary of the anatomical structure. Once segmented, a process for detecting surface anomalies performs a curvature analysis on a computer model of the surface of the structure. This process detects surface anomalies automatically by traversing the vertices in the surface model, computing partial derivatives of the surface at the vertices, and computing curvature characteristics from the partial derivatives. To identify possible anomalies, the process compares the curvature characteristics with predetermined curvature characteristics of anomalies and classifies the vertices. The process further refines potential anomalies by segmenting neighboring vertices that are classified as being part of an anomaly using curvature characteristics. Finally, the process colorizes the anomalies and computes a camera position and direction for each one to assist the user in viewing 2D renderings of the computer model.

Title
Method for segmenting medical images and detecting surface anomalies in anatomical structures
Application Number
9/136136
Publication Number
6246784 (B1)
Application Date
August 18, 1998
Publication Date
June 12, 2001
Inventor
Lynne M Pusanik
Columbia
MD, US
James D Malley
Rockville
MD, US
Scott Selbie
Rockville
MD, US
Ronald M Summers
Potomac
MD, US
Agent
Klarquist Sparkman Campbell Leigh & Whinston
US
Assignee
The United States of America represented by the Department of Health and Human Services
DC, US
IPC
G06K 9/00
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