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9 May 2002 Classification of lung area using multidetector-row CT images
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Recently, we can get high quality images in the short time for the progress of X-ray CT scanner. And the three dimensional (3-D) analysis of pulmonary organs using multidetector-row CT (MDCT) images, is expected. This paper presents a method for classifying lung area into each lobe using pulmonary MDCT images of the whole lung area. It is possible to recognize the position of nodule by classifying lung area into these lobes. The structure of lungs differs on the right one and left one. The right lung is divided into three domains by major fissure and minor fissure. And, the left lung is divided into two domains by major fissure. Watching MDCT images carefully, we find that the surroundings of fissures have few blood vessels. Therefore, lung area is classified by extraction of the domain that the distance from pulmonary blood vessels is large and connective search of these extracted domains. These extraction and search are realized by 3-D weighted Hough transform.
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Tsutomu Mukaibo, Yoshiki Kawata, Noboru Niki, Hironobu Ohmatsu, Ryutaro Kakinuma, Kenji Eguchi, Masahiro Kaneko, and Noriyuki Moriyama "Classification of lung area using multidetector-row CT images", Proc. SPIE 4684, Medical Imaging 2002: Image Processing, (9 May 2002);

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