SPECT Lung Delineation

A Complete 3D Approach
  • Alex WangEmail author
  • Hong Yan
Part of the Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering book series (LNEE, volume 70)


This is a review paper of our quest in developing and implementing an automated three-dimensional (3D) lung delineation method capable of handling single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) lung scans with defective contours and/or varying maximum count value (MCV) and total count value (TCV). Six clinically significant datasets consisting of simulations and real subject scans are used consistently throughout our studies. We first develop a dynamic thresholding method which allows removal of background noise in a 3D volumetric fashion. Next, we implement 3D image processing techniques to enhance the SPECT lung contours. Finally, we develop 3D active contours to perform actual delineation. Quantitative validation using known-volume simulations and qualitative verification via experienced physicians are done to evaluate the methods. We achieve over 90% agreement on average throughout all six datasets.


SPECT lungs 3D active contours Pulmonary embolism 



We would like to thank the physicians and staff at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Australia for the provisioning of the original datasets as well as medical guidance throughout our studies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Electrical and Information EngineeringThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Electronic EngineeringCity University of Hong KongKowloonHong Kong

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