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Applications of wavelets in morphometric analysis of medical images
Author(s): Christos Davatzikos; Xiaodong Tao; Dinggang Shen
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Paper Abstract

Morphometric analysis of medical images is playing an increasingly important role in understanding brain structure and function, as well as in understanding the way in which these change during development, aging and pathology. This paper presents three wavelet-based methods with related applications in morphometric analysis of magnetic resonance (MR) brain images. The first method handles cases where very limited datasets are available for the training of statistical shape models in the deformable segmentation. The method is capable of capturing a larger range of shape variability than the standard active shape models (ASMs) can, by using the elegant spatial-frequency decomposition of the shape contours provided by wavelet transforms. The second method addresses the difficulty of finding correspondences in anatomical images, which is a key step in shape analysis and deformable registration. The detection of anatomical correspondences is completed by using wavelet-based attribute vectors as morphological signatures of voxels. The third method uses wavelets to characterize the morphological measurements obtained from all voxels in a brain image, and the entire set of wavelet coefficients is further used to build a brain classifier. Since the classification scheme operates in a very-high-dimensional space, it can determine subtle population differences with complex spatial patterns. Experimental results are provided to demonstrate the performance of the proposed methods.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 November 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5207, Wavelets: Applications in Signal and Image Processing X, (13 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.504032
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Christos Davatzikos, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
Xiaodong Tao, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)
John Hopkins Univ. (United States)
Dinggang Shen, Univ. of Pennsylvania (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5207:
Wavelets: Applications in Signal and Image Processing X
Michael A. Unser; Akram Aldroubi; Andrew F. Laine, Editor(s)

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