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30 March 2007 Algorithm of pulmonary emphysema extraction using thoracic 3D CT images
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Recently, due to aging and smoking, emphysema patients are increasing. The restoration of alveolus which was destroyed by emphysema is not possible, thus early detection of emphysema is desired. We describe a quantitative algorithm for extracting emphysematous lesions and quantitatively evaluate their distribution patterns using low dose thoracic 3-D CT images. The algorithm identified lung anatomies, and extracted low attenuation area (LAA) as emphysematous lesion candidates. Applying the algorithm to thoracic 3-D CT images and then by follow-up 3-D CT images, we demonstrate its potential effectiveness to assist radiologists and physicians to quantitatively evaluate the emphysematous lesions distribution and their evolution in time interval changes.
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Shinsuke Saita, Mitsuru Kubo, Yoshiki Kawata, Noboru Niki, Yasutaka Nakano, Hironobu Ohmatsu, Keigo Tominaga M.D., Kenji Eguchi, and Noriyuki Moriyama "Algorithm of pulmonary emphysema extraction using thoracic 3D CT images", Proc. SPIE 6514, Medical Imaging 2007: Computer-Aided Diagnosis, 65143L (30 March 2007);

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