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MIA_Segmentation_Intro



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Why semi-automatic approaches are used for segmentation?
Practice semi-automatic approaches shouldn't be discarded as the tradeoff between robustness and operator’s time is for many clinical scenarios very convenient. In the next we will be discussing one such semi-automatic approach
Applying a max operator to a distance map enables us to have a…. 
Incredibly good segmentation result 
An awesome volumetry of the structure 
A skeleton representation of the structure 
A hausdorff distance estimator
-       A skeleton representation of the structure
How image segmentation can be validated?
Digital phantoms Acquisition and careful segmentation Autopsy/histopathology Clinical data
What does the semi-automatic segmentation method?
-       Finds the optimal path between starting and ending point Optimal path = minimal cost between points = cumulative sum between local segments Not only considers the intensity of pixels but also incorporates priors on the type of contours it yield. Main concept is to cast the segmentation problem as an optimization problem, where the object function to optimize is a minimal cost bath between start/ end point defined by the user
Why not just automatic segmentation methods are used?
-       Lack of robustness
Dicom tags contain:
- Personal patient information only 
- Image information only 
- Manufacture Information only 
- All above and more
-       All above and more
Advantages of live-wire segmentation:
-       Monitor segmentation Correct on the fly No fix-path in advance Speed over other path searching approaches. Enables real time
Orientation information is helpful since it allows to….. 
Know the manufacture type 
Understand what is left and right, anterior and superior 
Defined pixel size
-       Understand what is left and right, anterior and superior
Live wire is: 
User-assisted minimal path finding algorithm 
A fully automated segmentation algorithm
-       User-assisted minimal path finding algorithm
Goal of segmentation:
Create labeled image from (maybe several) input images. The label image can represent a semantic separation or classification of pixels.
Different segmentation methods
Simple methods (Thresholding, Region-Growing) Classification + Clustering (based on machine learning and pattern recognition techniques) Deformable models / level sets (shape prior, but not very rigorous, solely based on some geometric properties like curvature) Active shape models (very strong shape prior, based on actual geometry of the structure to be segmented à model-based method) Random Fields/graph-cuts (one of the most recent methods)
What differentiate the methos for segmentation?
What mostly differentiates these methods is in the amount of prior knowledge they use to yield a segmentation result Most advanced methods introduce a notion of the structure being segmented, as well as local or global properties that the final segmentation should have.
Name a semi-automatic segmentation algorithm
-       Live-wire segmentation
How many elements are needed to translate from pixel coordinates to real world coordinates: 
Depends on the property of orientation
3 Image Origin; m6ust not always be (0,0,0); (0,0) 
Image dimension 
Voxel/Pixel spacing (voxel/pixel) 
size
More live-wire segmentation:
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Classification of Voxels:
Different voxels to different structures depending on their intensity value
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