DWT-Based Segmentation Method for Coronary Arteries

  • Shuo-Tsung Chen
  • Pei-Kai Hung
  • Muh-Shi Lin
  • Chao-Yu Huang
  • Chung-Ming Chen
  • Tzung-Dau Wang
  • Wen-Jeng Lee
Systems-Level Quality Improvement
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This work presents a new method for segmenting coronary arteries automatically in computed tomography angiography (CTA) data sets. The method automatically isolates heart and coronary arteries from surrounding structures and search for the probable location of coronary arteries by 3D region growing. Based on the dilation of the probable location, discrete wavelet transformation (DWT) and λ – mean operation complete accurate detection of coronary arties. Finally, the proposed method is tested on clinical CTA data-sets. The results on clinical datasets show that the proposed method is able to extract each branch of arteries when comparing to commercial software GE Healthcare and delineated ground truth.


Coronary arteries Computed tomography angiography Automatically Region growing Discrete wavelet transformation λ-mean operation 



This work was in part supported by the National Science Council, Taiwan (R.O.C.), under the NSC grant: NSC 98-2221-E-002-098-MY3.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shuo-Tsung Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pei-Kai Hung
    • 1
  • Muh-Shi Lin
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Chao-Yu Huang
    • 1
  • Chung-Ming Chen
    • 1
  • Tzung-Dau Wang
    • 6
  • Wen-Jeng Lee
    • 7
  1. 1.Institute of Biomedical EngineeringNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiRepublic of China
  2. 2.Department of Applied MathematicsTunghai UniversityTaichungRepublic of China
  3. 3.Department of NeurosurgeryTaipei City HospitalTaipeiRepublic of China
  4. 4.Division of Neurosurgery, Department of SurgeryNew Taipei City HospitalNew Taipei CityRepublic of China
  5. 5.Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, School of MedicineNational Yang-Ming UniversityTaipeiRepublic of China
  6. 6.Cardiovascular Center and Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal MedicineNational Taiwan University HospitalTaipeiRepublic of China
  7. 7.Department of Medical ImagingNational Taiwan University HospitalTaipeiRepublic of China

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