A Survey of Cervix Segmentation Methods in Magnetic Resonance Images

  • Soumya Ghose
  • Lois Holloway
  • Karen Lim
  • Philip Chan
  • Jacqueline Veera
  • Shalini K. Vinod
  • Gary Liney
  • Peter B. Greer
  • Jason Dowling
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8198)


Radiotherapy is an effective therapy in the treatment of cervix cancer. However tumor and normal tissue motion and shape deformation of the cervix, the bladder and the rectum over the course of the treatment can limit the efficacy of radiotherapy and safe delivery of the dose. A number of studies have presented the potential benefits of adaptive radiotherapy for cervix cancer with high soft tissue contrast magnetic resonance images. To enable practical implementation of adaptive radiotherapy for the cervix, computer aided segmentation is necessary. Accurate computer aided automatic or semi-automatic segmentation of the cervix is a challenging task due to inter patient shape variation, soft tissue deformation, organ motion, and anatomical changes during the course of the treatment. This article reviews the methods developed for cervix segmentation in magnetic resonance images. The objective of this work is to present different methods for cervix segmentation in the literature highlighting their similarities, differences, strengths and weaknesses.


Cervix segmentation methods registration statistical shape models magnetic resonance imaging 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Soumya Ghose
    • 1
  • Lois Holloway
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Karen Lim
    • 2
  • Philip Chan
    • 5
  • Jacqueline Veera
    • 2
  • Shalini K. Vinod
    • 2
    • 9
    • 10
  • Gary Liney
    • 6
  • Peter B. Greer
    • 7
    • 8
  • Jason Dowling
    • 1
  1. 1.CSIRO Computational InformaticsHerstonAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Radiation OncologyLiverpool HospitalLiverpoolAustralia
  3. 3.Institute of Medical PhysicsSydney UniversityDarlingtonAustralia
  4. 4.Centre For Medical Radiation Physics, Northfields Ave, Wollongong NSW 2522University of WollongongAustralia
  5. 5.Royal Brisbane and Women’s HospitalHerstonAustralia
  6. 6.Ingham Institute for Applied Medical ResearchLiverpool HospitalLiverpoolAustralia
  7. 7.Department of Radiation OncologyCalvary Mater Newcastle HospitalWaratahAustralia
  8. 8.Department of PhysicsUniversity of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia
  9. 9.University of Western SydneyRichmondAustralia
  10. 10.South Western Clinical SchoolUniversity of NSWSydneyAustralia

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