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1. WO2014170798 - DELINEATION AND/OR CORRECTION OF A SMOOTH STIFF LINE IN CONNECTION WITH AN INDEPENDENT BACKGROUND IMAGE

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CLAIMS:

1. A method, comprising:

displaying a background image on a display screen;

receiving, from an input device, a signal indicative of a free hand line being drawn over the background image,

wherein the signal includes coordinates of points of the free hand line with respect to the display screen and the free hand line is independent of content represented in the background image;

storing the signal in a storage device;

generating a smooth stiff line based on the store signal; and

displaying the smooth stiff line over the background image.

2. The method of claim 1, further comprising:

determining a principal direction of the free hand line based on the signal; determining whether a most recently received point of the free hand line lies beyond a previously received point of the free hand line with respect to the principal direction; and

removing the previously received point from the storage device in response to the previously received point lying beyond the most recently received point with respect to the principal direction.

3. The method of claim 2, further comprising:

retaining the previously received point in the storage device in response to the previously received point not lying beyond the most recently received point with respect to the principal direction.

4. The method of any of claims 2 to 3, further comprising:

determining a radius of curvature of the free hand line based on the principal direction of the free hand line;

comparing the determined radius of curvature with predetermined line

stiffness criteria; and

successively removing point from the storage device in response to the determined radius of curvature not satisfying the predetermined line stiffness criteria.

5. The method of claim 4, wherein points are removed from the storage device until the determined radius of curvature satisfies the predetermined line stiffness criteria.

6. The method of any of claims 4 to 5, further comprising:

generating the smooth stiff line based on the remaining points in the storage device signal based on a sliding window by fitting the points in the window to a model.

7. The method of claim 6, wherein the model is a weighted function.

8. The method of claim 7, wherein the weighted function is a Gaussian function.

9. The method of any of claims 6 to 8, wherein the window includes points corresponding to one of a predetermined length or predetermined time duration.

10. The method of any of claims 1 to 10, wherein a subsequently generated smooth stiff line is generated based on the stored points and not a previously stored smooth stiff line.

11. An image processor (118), comprising:

a memory (122) that stores coordinates of points of a free hand line being drawn over a background image visually presented on a display, wherein the free hand line is independent of content represented in the background image; and

a processor (120) that generates and displays a smooth stiff line over the background image based on the stored coordinates of the points of the free hand line being drawn over the background image.

12. The image processor of claim 12, wherein the processor determines a principal direction of the free hand line based on the stored coordinates of the points, determines whether a most recently received coordinates of the points of the free hand line lies beyond a previously received point of the free hand line with respect to the principal direction, removes the previously received point from the storage device in response to the previously received point lying beyond the most recently received point with respect to the principal direction.

13. The image processor of claim 12, wherein previously received coordinates of the points in the storage device not lying beyond the most recently received point with respect to the principal direction are retained.

14. The image processor of any of claims 12 to 13, wherein the processor determines a radius of curvature of the free hand line based on the principal direction of the free hand line, compares the determined radius of curvature with predetermined line stiffness criteria, and successively removes points from the storage device in response to the determined radius of curvature not satisfying the predetermined line stiffness criteria until the determined radius of curvature satisfies the predetermined line stiffness criteria.

15. The image processor of claim 14, wherein the processor generates the smooth stiff line based on the remaining points in the memory based on a sliding window by fitting points in the window to a model.

16. The image processor of claim 15, wherein the model is a weighted function.

17. The image processor of claim 16, wherein the weighted function is a Gaussian function.

18. The image processor of any of claims 15 to 17, wherein the window includes points corresponding to a predetermined length.

19. The image processor of any of claims 15 to 17, wherein the window includes points corresponding to a predetermined time duration.

20. A computer readable storage medium encoded with computer readable instructions, which, when executed by a processer, causes the processor to:

display a background image on a display, wherein the background image include pixels that represent a lung of a subject;

receive, from an input device, a coordinates of points of a wiggly free hand line being drawn over a fissure represented in the background image,

wherein the wiggly free hand line is independent of content of the lung in the background image;

store the coordinates of points in a storage device;

process the coordinates of the points in the storage device to remove coordinates that correspond to an erased segment of the wiggly free hand line;

process the coordinates of the points in the storage device to remove coordinates that result in the coordinates failing a predetermined stiffness criteria;

generate a smooth stiff line representing the fissure based on the remaining stored coordinates; and

display the smooth stiff line over the background image with respect to the fissure, wherein the stored coordinates of points are not displayed over the background image.