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Automated fetal spine detection in ultrasound images
Author(s): Paresh Tolay; Pallavi Vajinepalli; Puranjoy Bhattacharya; Celine Firtion; Rajendra Singh Sisodia
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Paper Abstract

A novel method is proposed for the automatic detection of fetal spine in ultrasound images along with its orientation in this paper. This problem presents a variety of challenges, including robustness to speckle noise, variations in the visible shape of the spine due to orientation of the ultrasound probe with respect to the fetus and the lack of a proper edge enclosing the entire spine on account of its composition out of distinct vertebra. The proposed method improves robustness and accuracy by making use of two independent techniques to estimate the spine, and then detects the exact location using a cross-correlation approach. Experimental results show that the proposed method is promising for fetal spine detection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 February 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7260, Medical Imaging 2009: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 72603O (27 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.811656
Show Author Affiliations
Paresh Tolay, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (India)
Pallavi Vajinepalli, Philips Electronics India Ltd. (India)
Puranjoy Bhattacharya, Philips Electronics India Ltd. (India)
Celine Firtion, Philips Electronics India Ltd. (India)
Rajendra Singh Sisodia, Philips Electronics India Ltd. (India)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7260:
Medical Imaging 2009: Computer-Aided Diagnosis
Nico Karssemeijer; Maryellen L. Giger, Editor(s)

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