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25 May 1989 A Knowledge-Based System For The Delineation Of The Coronary Arteries
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In this article we will present work in progress concerning a knowledge-based system for the labeling of the coronary arteries on single projections. The approach is based on a gradual refinement of the interpretation results, starting from the detection of blood vessel center lines, the extraction of bar-like primitives and the connection into blood vessel segments. In this paper we will focus on the final stage which is the labeling of the delineated blood vessel segments. In contrast with most existing approaches which are mainly based on a sequential labeling of the vessels starting from the most important segment, our system uses a constraint satisfaction technique. Mainly, because most anatomical knowledge can be easily formalized as constraints on local attributes such as position, greyvalue, thickness and orientation and as constraints on relations between blood vessel segments such as "left of" or "in same direction". Anatomical models are developed for the Left Coronary Artery in standard RAO and LAO views. In general, only 1-2 interpretations are left, which is an encouraging result if you take into account that for some projections there is a considerable overlap between vessel segments.
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Carl Smets, Paul Suetens, Andre Oosterlinck, and Frans Van de Werf "A Knowledge-Based System For The Delineation Of The Coronary Arteries", Proc. SPIE 1092, Medical Imaging III: Image Processing, (25 May 1989);

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