06345113 is referenced by 88 patents.
An apparatus and method for identifying and classifying objects represented in CT data for a region using the shape of the objects are disclosed. An object represented by CT data for a region is identified. Next, a two-dimensional projection of the object along a principal axis of the object is generated. The principal axis can be identified by computing eigenvectors of a covariance matrix of spatial locations of voxels in the CT data that are associated with the object. The smallest eigenvector can be selected as the principal axis of the object along which the two-dimensional projection is generated. The identification of the object can be used in the classification of the object such as by altering one or more discrimination parameters.