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1. (WO2013111101) TUMOR SEGMENTATION AND TISSUE CLASSIFICATION IN 3D MULTI-CONTRAST

Pub. No.:    WO/2013/111101    International Application No.:    PCT/IB2013/050644
Publication Date: Fri Aug 02 01:59:59 CEST 2013 International Filing Date: Sat Jan 26 00:59:59 CET 2013
IPC: G06T 7/00
Applicants: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
PHILIPS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Inventors: FRANZ, Astrid Ruth
REMMELE, Stefanie
STEHNING, Christian
KEUPP, Jochen
Title: TUMOR SEGMENTATION AND TISSUE CLASSIFICATION IN 3D MULTI-CONTRAST
Abstract:
A medical imaging system (5) includes a workstation (20), a coarse segmenter (30), a fine segmenter (32), and an enclosed tissue identification module (34). The workstation (20) includes at least one input device (22) for receiving a selected location as a seed in a first contrasted tissue type and a display device (26) which displays a diagnostic image delineating a first segmented region of a first tissue type and a second segmented region of a second contrasted tissue type and identified regions which include regions fully enclosed by the first segmented region as a third tissue type. The coarse segmenter (30) grows a coarse segmented region of coarse voxels for each contrasted tissue type from the seed location based on a first growing algorithm and a growing fraction for each contrasted tissue type. The seed location for growing the second contrasted tissue type includes the first coarse segmented region and any fully enclosed coarse voxels, and each coarse voxel includes an aggregation of voxels and a maximum and a minimum of the voxel intensities. The fine segmenter (32) grows a segmented region of voxels for each contrasted tissue type from the seed location and bounded by the second coarse segmented region based on a second growing algorithm and a growing fraction for each contrasted tissue type initially set to the growing fraction for the corresponding region. The seed location for growing the second contrasted tissue type includes the first segmented region and any identified regions. The enclosed tissue identification module (34) identifies any regions of voxels fully enclosed by the first segmented region as being of the third tissue type. The coarse segmenter, the fine segmenter, and the enclosed tissue identification module are implemented by an electronic data processing device.