Fuzzy Object Modeling


J.K. Udupa, D. Odhner, A.X. Falcao, Krzysztof Chris Ciesielski, P.A.V. Miranda, P. Vaideeswaran, S. Mishra, G.J. Grevera, B. Saboury, and D.A. Torigian

Medical Imaging 2011: Image Processing, SPIE Proceedings 7964, 2011.

To make Quantitative Radiology (QR) a reality in routine clinical practice, computerized automatic anatomy recognition (AAR) becomes essential. As part of this larger goal, we present in this paper a novel fuzzy strategy for building body- wide group-wise anatomic models. They have the potential to handle uncertainties and variability in anatomy naturally and to be integrated with the fuzzy connectedness framework for image segmentation. Our approach is to build a family of models, called the Virtual Quantitative Human, representing normal adult subjects at a chosen resolution of the population variables (gender, age). Models are represented hierarchically, the descendants representing organs contained in parent organs. Based on an index of fuzziness of the models, 32 thorax data sets, and 10 organs defined in them, we found that the hierarchical approach to modeling can effectively handle the non-linear relationships in position, scale, and orientation that exist among organs in different patients.

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