Template deformation constrained by shape priors

Mark B. Skouson, Zhi Pei Liang

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This paper describes a technique for using prior knowledge of shape variations to help guide a volumetric deformation process. The volumetric transform maintains the topology of a template while matching the template to an image under study. A statistical model is used to describe inter- and intra-shape correlations in the template. The parameters for the shape model are learned by performing eigenshape analysis on a training set consisting of deformations of a single template to several typical segmentations. The shape model is used to guide the deformation by the inclusion of a term to the deformation cost functional that promotes the most likely deformations according to the shape priors. Some advantages of the proposed method are that it inherently conserves the topology between multiple shapes, and that prelabeling of corresponding points and point ordering of the training set is not needed. Results are presented for segmentation of magnetic resonance and cryosection images with varying contrasts. A qualitative analysis shows that the inclusion of shape priors can significantly improve the final deformation result.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)511-516
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
StatePublished - 2000
EventIEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, CVPR 2000 - Hilton Head Island, SC, USA
Duration: Jun 13 2000Jun 15 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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