Live-wire-based segmentation of 3D anatomical structures for image-guided lung interventions

Kongkuo Lu, Sheng Xu, Zhong Xue, Stephen T. Wong

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Computed Tomography (CT) has been widely used for assisting in lung cancer detection/diagnosis and treatment. In lung cancer diagnosis, suspect lesions or regions of interest (ROIs) are usually analyzed in screening CT scans. Then, CT-based image-guided minimally invasive procedures are performed for further diagnosis through bronchoscopic or percutaneous approaches. Thus, ROI segmentation is a preliminary but vital step for abnormality detection, procedural planning, and intra-procedural guidance. In lung cancer diagnosis, such ROIs can be tumors, lymph nodes, nodules, etc., which may vary in size, shape, and other complication phenomena. Manual segmentation approaches are time consuming, user-biased, and cannot guarantee reproducible results. Automatic methods do not require user input, but they are usually highly application-dependent. To counterbalance among efficiency, accuracy, and robustness, considerable efforts have been contributed to semiautomatic strategies, which enable full user control, while minimizing human interactions. Among available semi-automatic approaches, the live-wire algorithm has been recognized as a valuable tool for segmentation of a wide range of ROIs from chest CT images. In this paper, a new 3D extension of the traditional 2D live-wire method is proposed for 3D ROI segmentation. In the experiments, the proposed approach is applied to a set of anatomical ROIs from 3D chest CT images, and the results are compared with the segmentation derived from a previous evaluated live-wire-based approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMedical Imaging 2012
Subtitle of host publicationImage Processing
StatePublished - 2012
EventMedical Imaging 2012: Image Processing - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 6 2012Feb 9 2012

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


OtherMedical Imaging 2012: Image Processing
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • 3D CT imaging
  • Image-guided diagnosis
  • Live wire
  • Lung cancer
  • Segmentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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