Vessel Segmentation Using a Shape Driven Flow
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We present a segmentation method for vessels using an implicit deformable model with a soft shape prior. Blood vessels are challenging structures to segment due to their branching and thinning geometry as well as the decrease in image contrast from the root of the vessel to its thin branches. Using image intensity alone to deform a model for the task of segmentation often results in leakages at areas where the image information is ambiguous. To address this problem, we combine image statistics and shape information to derive a region-based active contour that segments tubular structures and penalizes leakages. We present results on synthetic and real 2D and 3D datasets.