Fully automatic segmentation of paraspinal muscles from 3D torso CT images via multi-scale iterative random forest classifications

Naoki Kamiya, Jing Li, Masanori Kume, Hiroshi Fujita, Dinggang Shen, Guoyan Zheng

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Abstract

Purpose: To develop and validate a fully automatic method for segmentation of paraspinal muscles from 3D torso CT images. Methods: We propose a novel learning-based method to address this challenging problem. Multi-scale iterative random forest classifications with multi-source information are employed in this study to speed up the segmentation and to improve the accuracy. Here, multi-source images include the original torso CT images and later also the iteratively estimated and refined probability maps of the paraspinal muscles. We validated our method on 20 torso CT data with associated manual segmentation. We randomly partitioned the 20 CT data into two evenly distributed groups and took one group as the training data and the other group as the test data. Results: The proposed method achieved a mean Dice coefficient of 93.0%. It took on average 46.5 s to segment a 3D torso CT image with the size ranging from 512 × 512 × 802 voxels to 512 × 512 × 1031 voxels. Conclusions: Our fully automatic, learning-based method can accurately segment paraspinal muscles from 3D torso CT images. It generates segmentation results that are better than those achieved by the state-of-the-art methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1697-1706
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
Volume13
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Nov 1

Keywords

  • CT
  • Paraspinal muscles
  • Random forest
  • Segmentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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