An Adrenal Segmentation Model Based on Shape Associating Level Set in Sequence of CT Images


The segmentation challenge of adrenal and surrounding tissues lie in the similar CT values and adhesion in a medical image. An adrenal segmentation model (SALS) based on shape associating level set is proposed to segment the adrenal accurately. The objective function of adrenal boundary is expressed by a level set model. The prior shape curve of the adrenal to be segmented is calculated by the gradual change relationship between the adrenal glands in adjacent CT images, and is converted into shape constraint term of the level set models. A 3D Laplace method is used to improve adrenal grey scale information. The improved result of CT image is converted into grey scale constraint term of the level set models. Under the two constraints, the objective function of adrenal boundary converges to the best boundary. The level set methods in the literature obtain a prior shape by training a large number of sample images, and use the shape modes to segment CT images. The SALS model does not depend on the sample images. The adrenal boundaries in sequence of CT images can be directly segmented by SALS model, and the segmented boundaries are more accurate than the traditional level set methods. The SALS model has stronger adaptability to adherent adrenal boundary.

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Zhang, G., Li, Z. An Adrenal Segmentation Model Based on Shape Associating Level Set in Sequence of CT Images. J Sign Process Syst 91, 1169–1177 (2019).

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  • Level set model
  • Prior shape
  • Gradual change relationship
  • 3D Laplace method
  • Sequence of CT images