Efficient 3D Endfiring TRUS Prostate Segmentation with Globally Optimized Rotational Symmetry

Jing Yuan, Wu Qiu, Eranga Ukwatta, Martin Rajchl, Xue-Cheng Tai, Aaron Fenster; The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2013, pp. 2211-2218

Abstract


Segmenting 3D endfiring transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) prostate images efficiently and accurately is of utmost importance for the planning and guiding 3D TRUS guided prostate biopsy. Poor image quality and imaging artifacts of 3D TRUS images often introduce a challenging task in computation to directly extract the 3D prostate surface. In this work, we propose a novel global optimization approach to delineate 3D prostate boundaries using its rotational resliced images around a specified axis, which properly enforces the inherent rotational symmetry of prostate shapes to jointly adjust a series of 2D slicewise segmentations in the global 3D sense. We show that the introduced challenging combinatorial optimization problem can be solved globally and exactly by means of convex relaxation. In this regard, we propose a novel coupled continuous max-flow model, which not only provides a powerful mathematical tool to analyze the proposed optimization problem but also amounts to a new and efficient duality-based algorithm. Extensive experiments demonstrate that the proposed method significantly outperforms the state-of-art methods in terms of efficiency, accuracy, reliability and less user-interactions, and reduces the execution time by a factor of 100.

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@InProceedings{Yuan_2013_CVPR,
author = {Yuan, Jing and Qiu, Wu and Ukwatta, Eranga and Rajchl, Martin and Tai, Xue-Cheng and Fenster, Aaron},
title = {Efficient 3D Endfiring TRUS Prostate Segmentation with Globally Optimized Rotational Symmetry},
booktitle = {The IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR)},
month = {June},
year = {2013}
}