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Skeleton Marching-based Parallel Vascular Geometry Reconstruction Using Implicit Functions

  • Quan Qi
  • Qing-De LiEmail author
  • Yongqiang Cheng
  • Qing-Qi Hong
Open Access
Review Special Issue on Improving Productivity Through Automation and Computing

Abstract

Fast high-precision patient-specific vascular tissue and geometric structure reconstruction is an essential task for vascular tissue engineering and computer-aided minimally invasive vascular disease diagnosis and surgery. In this paper, we present an effective vascular geometry reconstruction technique by representing a highly complicated geometric structure of a vascular system as an implicit function. By implicit geometric modelling, we are able to reduce the complexity and level of difficulty of this geometric reconstruction task and turn it into a parallel process of reconstructing a set of simple short tubular-like vascular sections, thanks to the easy-blending nature of implicit geometries on combining implicitly modelled geometric forms. The basic idea behind our technique is to consider this extremely difficult task as a process of team exploration of an unknown environment like a cave. Based on this idea, we developed a parallel vascular modelling technique, called Skeleton Marching, for fast vascular geometric reconstruction. With the proposed technique, we first extract the vascular skeleton system from a given volumetric medical image. A set of sub-regions of a volumetric image containing a vascular segment is then identified by marching along the extracted skeleton tree. A localised segmentation method is then applied to each of these sub-image blocks to extract a point cloud from the surface of the short simple blood vessel segment contained in the image block. These small point clouds are then fitted with a set of implicit surfaces in a parallel manner. A high-precision geometric vascular tree is then reconstructed by blending together these simple tubular-shaped implicit surfaces using the shape-preserving blending operations. Experimental results show the time required for reconstructing a vascular system can be greatly reduced by the proposed parallel technique.

Keywords

Vascular geometric reconstruction implicit modelling parallel computing high-performance high-accuracy 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This work was partly supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61502402), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. 20720180073).

The authors would like to thank all the reviewers for their constructive comments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Information Science and TechnologyShihezi UniversityShiheziChina
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science and TechnologyUniversity of HullHullUK
  3. 3.Software SchoolXiamen UniversityXiamenChina

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