Utilizing integrated noise reduction, candidate region detection, geometric feature extraction, and coronary artery tracking techniques, a new segmentation framework for 3D coronary artery trees is presented. The candidate regions are extracted using a multiobjective clustering method, and the coronary arteries are tracked by a toroidal model-guided tracking method.
The qualitative and quantitative results demonstrate the effectiveness of the presented framework, which achieves better performance than the compared segmentation methods in three widely used evaluation indices: the Dice similarity coefficient (DSC), Jaccard index and Recall across the CTA data. The proposed method can accurately identify the coronary artery tree with a mean DSC of 84%, a Jaccard index of 74%, and a Recall of 93%.
The proposed segmentation framework effectively segments the coronary tree from the CTA volume, which improves the accuracy of 3D vascular tree segmentation.
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