Efficient Kernel Density Estimation Of Shape And Intensity Priors For Level Set Segmentation
We propose a nonlinear statistical shape model for level set segmentation that can be efficiently implemented. Given a set of training shapes, we perform a kernel density estimation in the low-dimensional subspace spanned by the training shapes. In this way, we are able to combine an accurate model of the statistical shape distribution with efficient optimization in a finite-dimensional subspace. In a Bayesian inference framework, we integrate the nonlinear shape model with a nonparametric intensity model and a set of pose parameters that are estimated in a more direct data-driven manner than in previously proposed level set methods. Quantitative results show superior performance (regarding runtime and segmentation accuracy) of the proposed nonparametric shape prior over existing approaches.
KeywordsKernel Density Active Contour Kernel Density Estimation Statistical Shape Segmentation Accuracy
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