Ultrasound image segmentation using spectral clustering

TitleUltrasound image segmentation using spectral clustering
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsArchip, N., R. Rohling, P. Cooperberg, and H. Tahmasebpour
JournalUltrasound Med Biol
Date PublishedNov

Segmentation of ultrasound images is necessary in a variety of clinical applications, but the development of automatic techniques is still an open problem. Spectral clustering techniques have recently become popular for data and image analysis. In particular, image segmentation has been proposed via the normalized cut (NCut) criterion. This article describes an initial investigation to determine the suitability of such segmentation techniques for ultrasound images. The adaptation of the NCut technique to ultrasound is described first. Segmentation is then performed on simulated ultrasound images. Tests are also performed on abdominal and fetal images with the segmentation results compared to manual segmentation. The success of the segmentation on these test cases warrants further research into NCut-based segmentation of ultrasound images.


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