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Automated analysis of nerve-cell images using active contour models

Authors Fok, Y.L.
Chan, J.C.K.
Chin, R.T.
Issue Date 1996
Source IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging , v. 15, (3), June 1996, p. 353-368
Summary The number of nerve fibers (axons) in a nerve, the axun size, and shape can all be important neuroaiiatoiiiical features in understanding different aspects of nerves in the brain. However, the number of axons in a nerve is typically in the order of tens of thousands and a study of a particular aspect of the nerve often involves many nerves. Potentially meaningful studies are often prohibited by the huge number involved when manual measurements have to be employed. A method that automates the analysis of axons from electronmicrographic images is presented. It begins with a rough identification of all the axon centers by use of an elliptical Hough transform procedure. Boundaries of each axons are then extracted based on active contour model, or snakes, approach where physical properties of the axons and the given image data are used in an optimization scheme to guide the snakes to converge to axon boundaries for accurate sheath measurement. However, false axon detection is still common due to poor image quality and the presence of other irrelevant cell features, thus a conflict resolution scheme is developed to eliminate false axons to further improve the performance of detection. The developed method has been tested on a number of nerve images and its results are presented. © 1996 IEEE.
ISSN 0278-0062
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