An active contour approach to automatic detection of the intima-media thickness

M. Ceccarelli, N. De Luca, A. Morganella

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Abstract

In this paper, we propose a snake-based approach for the automatic detection of the intima-media thickness (IMT) of the far wall of the common carotid artery. The main problems to be faced are related, from one point, to the high level of speckle noise and, from the other, to the need of an accurate segmentation of the vessel structure for diagnostic purposes. In particular, the detection of the intima layer plays a fun-damental role as it represents the initial contour from where the method should start. We propose an automatic segmentation approach which makes use of a first non linear filtering based on anisotropic diffusion followed by an iterative relaxation procedure. Once the intima layer has been detected our method tries to locate an optimal initial contour to detect the wall of the artery by minimizing of a modified energy functional.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2006 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing - Proceedings
PagesII709-II712
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event2006 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2006 - Toulouse, France
Duration: 14 May 200619 May 2006

Publication series

NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
Volume2
ISSN (Print)1520-6149

Other

Other2006 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2006
CountryFrance
CityToulouse
Period14/5/0619/5/06

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Keywords

  • Active contour
  • Anisotropic diffusion
  • Energy functional
  • Intima-media complex
  • Segmentation
  • Snake
  • Speckle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Ceccarelli, M., De Luca, N., & Morganella, A. (2006). An active contour approach to automatic detection of the intima-media thickness. In 2006 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing - Proceedings (pp. II709-II712). [1660441] (ICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings; Vol. 2).