Signaling local non-credibility in an automatic segmentation pipeline

Levy, J. H., Reinhardt, J. M., Broadhurst, R. E., Ray, S. , Chaney, E. L. and Pizer, S. M. (2007) Signaling local non-credibility in an automatic segmentation pipeline. In: Medical Imaging 2007: Image Processing, San Diego, CA, USA, 17-22 Feb 2007, (doi: 10.1117/12.709015)

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The advancing technology for automatic segmentation of medical images should be accompanied by techniques to inform the user of the local credibility of results. To the extent that this technology produces clinically acceptable segmentations for a significant fraction of cases, there is a risk that the clinician will assume every result is acceptable. In the less frequent case where segmentation fails, we are concerned that unless the user is alerted by the computer, she would still put the result to clinical use. By alerting the user to the location of a likely segmentation failure, we allow her to apply limited validation and editing resources where they are most needed. We propose an automated method to signal suspected non-credible regions of the segmentation, triggered by statistical outliers of the local image match function. We apply this test to m-rep segmentations of the bladder and prostate in CT images using a local image match computed by PCA on regional intensity quantile functions. We validate these results by correlating the non-credible regions with regions that have surface distance greater than 5.5mm to a reference segmentation for the bladder. A 6mm surface distance was used to validate the prostate results. Varying the outlier threshold level produced a receiver operating characteristic with area under the curve of 0.89 for the bladder and 0.92 for the prostate. Based on this preliminary result, our method has been able to predict local segmentation failures and shows potential for validation in an automatic segmentation pipeline.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ray, Professor Surajit
Authors: Levy, J. H., Reinhardt, J. M., Broadhurst, R. E., Ray, S., Chaney, E. L., and Pizer, S. M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Mathematics and Statistics > Statistics
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2007 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE)
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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