Automatic segmentation of right ventricular ultrasound images using sparse matrix transform and a level set

Xulei Qin, Zhibin Cong, Baowei Fei

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An automatic segmentation framework is proposed to segment the right ventricle (RV) in echocardiographic images. The method can automatically segment both epicardial and endocardial boundaries from a continuous echocardiography series by combining sparse matrix transform, a training model, and a localized region-based level set. First, the sparse matrix transform extracts main motion regions of the myocardium as eigen-images by analyzing the statistical information of the images. Second, an RV training model is registered to the eigen-images in order to locate the position of the RV. Third, the training model is adjusted and then serves as an optimized initialization for the segmentation of each image. Finally, based on the initializations, a localized, region-based level set algorithm is applied to segment both epicardial and endocardial boundaries in each echocardiograph. Three evaluation methods were used to validate the performance of the segmentation framework. The Dice coefficient measures the overall agreement between the manual and automatic segmentation. The absolute distance and the Hausdorff distance between the boundaries from manual and automatic segmentation were used to measure the accuracy of the segmentation. Ultrasound images of human subjects were used for validation. For the epicardial and endocardial boundaries, the Dice coefficients were 90.8 ± 1.7% and 87.3 ± 1.9%, the absolute distances were 2.0 ± 0.42 mm and 1.79 ± 0.45 mm, and the Hausdorff distances were 6.86 ± 1.71 mm and 7.02 ± 1.17 mm, respectively. The automatic segmentation method based on a sparse matrix transform and level set can provide a useful tool for quantitative cardiac imaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7609-7624
Number of pages16
JournalPhysics in medicine and biology
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 7 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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