Interactive Segmentation and Analysis of Fetal Ultrasound Images

  • Kalpathi R. Subramanian
  • Dina M. Lawrence
  • M. Taghi Mostafavi
Part of the Eurographics book series (EUROGRAPH)


The ability of ultrasound scanners to image anatomical structures in real time have led to their use in two important applications of medicine, (1) for monitoring the unborn baby (fetal ultrasound), and, (2) coronary treatment of blockages in blood vessels (intravascular ultrasound). The generated images (in the form of a continuous video) are typically noisy and contain numerous artifacts, making it difficult to isolate and measure features of interest. We explore the use of two algorithms, region growing and a variant of split/merge algorithm for segmenting sequences of fetal ultrasound images. We describe an interactive system that can rapidly process and segment an arbitrary number of features. The system exploits frame to frame coherence for accelerating the segmentation process, while at the same time combining the strengths of these algorithms and some post-processing for accurate and robust detection of features.


Ultrasound Image Left Image Segmented Region Unborn Baby Middle Image 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kalpathi R. Subramanian
    • 1
  • Dina M. Lawrence
    • 1
  • M. Taghi Mostafavi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceThe University of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotteUSA

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