An Innovative Practical Automatic Segmentation of Ultrasound Computer Tomography Images Acquired from USCT System

  • Ashkan TashkEmail author
  • T. Hopp
  • N. V. Ruiter
Research Paper


A 3D ultrasound computer tomography (USCT) device with a nearly isotropic and spatially invariant 3D point spread function has been constructed at Institute for Data Processing and Electronic (IPE), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). This device is currently applied in clinical studies for breast cancer screening. In this paper, a new method to develop an automated segmentation algorithm for USCT acquired images is proposed. The method employs distance regularized level set evolutionary (DRLSE) active contours along with surface fitting extrapolation and 3D binary mask generation for fully automatic segmentation outcome. In the first stage of the proposed algorithm, DRLSE is applied to those 3D USCT slice images which contain breast and are less affected by noise and ring artifacts named as Cat2. The DRLSE segmentation results are employed to extrapolate the rest of slice images known as Cat1. To overcome defectively segmented slice images, a 3D binary mask is generated out of USCT attenuation images. The 3D binary mask is multiplied by the DRLSE-based segmentation results to form finally segmented 3D USCT images. The method was tested on 12 clinical dataset images. According to F-measure criterion, the proposed method shows higher performance than the previously proposed semiautomatic segmentation one.


Image segmentation Distance regularized level set evolution (mDRLSE) Preprocessing Ultrasound computer tomography (USCT) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fars Regional Electric Company (FREC)ShirazIran
  2. 2.Institute for Data Processing and ElectronicsKarlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)KarlsruheGermany

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