2D and 3D Vascular Structures Enhancement via Multiscale Fractional Anisotropy Tensor

  • Haifa F. Alhasson
  • Shuaa S. Alharbi
  • Boguslaw ObaraEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11134)


The detection of vascular structures from noisy images is a fundamental process for extracting meaningful information in many applications. Most well-known vascular enhancing techniques often rely on Hessian-based filters. This paper investigates the feasibility and deficiencies of detecting curve-like structures using a Hessian matrix. The main contribution is a novel enhancement function, which overcomes the deficiencies of established methods. Our approach has been evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively using synthetic examples and a wide range of real 2D and 3D biomedical images. Compared with other existing approaches, the experimental results prove that our proposed approach achieves high-quality curvilinear structure enhancement.


Curvilinear structures Image enhancement Enhancement filter Tensor representation Hessian matrix Diffusion tensor Fractional diffusion tensor FAT 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computer SciencesDurham UniversityDurhamUK
  2. 2.Computer CollegeQassim UniversityBuraidahKingdom of Saudi Arabia

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